The Solar Photovoltaic Installation program and certificate provides students a basic understanding of electrical theory, wiring to proper code requirements, proper safety and panel mounting, panel positioning and tie-in to the commercial grid. Students will have the skills necessary to enter the workforce as a  solar panel installer and prepares them to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Examination.

Graduates of the solar installation program or certificate will learn a wide range of skills and gain industry specific experience in:

  • measuring voltage, current, and resistance.
  • the purpose and rating process of over current protection devices.
  • preparing cable ends for terminations and splices and connect cables using lugs or connectors.
  • electrical loads, solar radiation and operating temperature affect the electrical output of a PV device.
  • the purposes and functions of the major components in PV systems.
  • the basic types of inverters used in PV systems.
  • differentiating between the approaches and methodologies for sizing different types of PV systems.

Programs

AAS in Solar Photovoltaic Installation

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
TEC 100 Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills 5 Major Requirement
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Major Requirement
ECT 110 AC/DC Circuits 4 Major Requiremen

ENG 100

or

ENG 101 or ENG 107

Introduction to Composition

or

Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
    15  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 115 National Electrical Code 3 Major Requirement
ECT 205 Fixtures and Installation 4 Departmental Requirement
ECT 210 Control Circuits 4 Departmental Requirement
ENG 101 or ENG 107 Freshman Composition 1/GE 3 GE- Composition
or      
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2/GE    
MAT 105 Mathematics for Applied Sciences or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics
    17  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 220 Electrical Installation 5 Major Requirement
ECT 225 Load Calculation 3 Major Requirement
TEC 140 Roofing Construction & Safety 2 Major Requirement
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social and Behavioral Science
ENV 101 Environmental Science (recommended) 4 GE- Physical and Biological Sciences
    17  

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
SLR 105 Intro to Solar Photovoltaics 1 3 Major Requirement
SLR 110 Intro to Solar Photovoltaics 2 3 Major Requirement
MFG 195 Materials Science and Metallurgy 3 Departmental Requirement
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses
PHI 105 Ethics/GE 3 GE- Humanities
    15  

Solar Panel Installation Level 1 Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 100 Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills 5 Major Requirement
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Major Requirement
ECT 110 AC/DC Circuits 4 Major Requirement
    12  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 115 National Electrical Code 3 Major Requirement
SLR 105 Intro to Solar Photovoltaics 1 3 Major Requirement
SLR 110 Intro to Solar Photovoltaics 2 3 Major Requirement
    9  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 220 Electrical Installation 5 Major Requirement
ECT 225 Load Calculation 3 Major Requirement
TEC 140 Roofing Construction & Safety 2 Major Requirement
    10  

 

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of the solar installation program or certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages*.

Solar Photovoltaic Installers
Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, also known as PV installers, assemble, set up, and maintain rooftop or other systems that convert sunlight into energy.
$44,890

Contact Information

Bruce Carroll
Professor of Electrical and Solar Technologies
(928) 317-7623

Kenia Lopez
Senior Secretary, Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 344-7752

Pasquale Lamaestra
Director of Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 317-6005

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