In addition to an understanding of the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of various electrical systems in electrical and electronic equipment, this program focuses on the knowledge and basic skills to install and maintain Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems.
The curriculum includes electrical and electronic analysis and fundamentals, digital electronics, electrical and electronic trouble-shooting, digital communications, transformers, National Electric Code, electrical machines, industrial controls, programmable controllers, hydraulics, pneumatics and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. This knowledge is essential for graduates who are required to maintain and repair modern electrical/electronic equipment and solar arrays.
According to the US Dept. of Labor Occupation Outlook Handbook Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The rapid expansion and adoption of solar panel installations will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly for those with electrician experience. The median annual wage for solar photovoltaic installers was $37,900 in May 2012. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/solar-photovoltaic-installers.htm)