Qualities and skills required to be a solar electrician

    By Kevin G. Trainer at Ausinet – 04 February 2022 – Australian Institute of Electrotechnology

In Australia, the solar industry is booming and workers are constantly required all over the country. Solar electricians play one of the most important parts in the whole process.

Solar electricians help to construct, install, and repair active systems. Australia uses the most solar energy per capita in the world with 810W per person. In 2020, there were 378,451 rooftop solar installations, the highest number in the industry’s history. As a result, the industry added 3 GW of new capacity in 2020, easily surpassing the previous high of 2.2 GW in 2019.

qualities required for solar electrician

Small-scale solar (systems up to 100 kW) accounted for 23.5% of Australia’s clean energy generation and 6.5% of the total electricity production in 2020.

Those statistics illustrate the fact that Australia has become a major player in the global solar industry. Solar energy will keep being widely used in the future and this will keep creating numerous job opportunities.

Data sources: Clean Energy Council and Wikipedia

We have put together a list of the most important qualities and skills for becoming a solar electrician.

1. An understanding of fundamental electrical systems

You must understand basic math, basic physics and have some knowledge of electrical systems including:

  • Installing low-voltage wiring, accessories, and appliances.
  • Identifying and connecting the electrical circuits.
  • Resolving issues with electrical equipment.

In Australia, if you want to start your career as a solar electrician, you should have a valid electrical licence and a Certificate III in Electrotechnology and undertake solar training.

Qualities and skills required to be a solar electrician

2. Physical and mental skills

Physical skills: Working as a solar technician requires good physical abilities. Workers can expect to be on their feet most of the day, carrying heavy equipment and climbing ladders. It is critical to be able to lift solar panels, which can weigh up to 18-25 kilos and must fit into narrow areas.

Qualities and skills for solar electrician

Mental skills: Solar technicians must have a keen eye for detail as well as the ability to follow specific instructions from supervisors. Failure to follow proper procedures could lead to the collapse of the solar installation. A typical solar electrician’s day involves installing, repairing, or maintaining complex equipment. It’s important to be able to troubleshoot problems and work both independently and cooperatively. Solar equipment and setup can be complicated to comprehend and require electricians to be alert and focused at all times to avoid making mistakes. 

3. Tech Savvy

The solar industry evolves extremely quickly. Thanks to technological advancements, solar energy remains cost-competitive when compared to other forms of energy generation. A good solar installation technician needs to be tech-savvy to keep up with an industry that is constantly changing and upgrading strategies. This entails keeping up with solar-related news and studying the specification sheets of new solar panels, batteries, or inverters with which they may be unfamiliar. Solar electricians should also be aware of all the different options available so that they can provide suitable advice to customers. Being tech-savvy and on top of innovations in the industry will enable solar electricians to be ahead of the game and provide the best advice and service to customers. 

4.Good communication skills

Communication skills include the ability to convey a clear message through talking, writing, listening, and understanding what others say. All of these are essential communication elements in any occupation.

Qualities And Skills Required To Be A Solar Electrician

Solar Electricians need to interact with other professionals as well as customers including their boss, co-workers, suppliers, site owners, and solar customers. When working on residential projects, technicians must be able to provide excellent customer service as they may need to enter the person’s home to diagnose a problem and set up follow-up appointments. With so much relying on effective communication, this essential skill alone can make or break one’s career prospects.

5. Training

Solar Courses

In Australia, to become a solar electrician, you should undergo solar training courses like

To enrol in any of the courses, you must have the following qualifications:

  • A valid Electrical Licence and a Certificate III in Electrotechnology
  • A valid ID (e.g., Drivers Licence)

Ausinet offers a wide range of specialised courses to assist students in pursuing their career goals. We also provide RPL for candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. Our instructors have over 20 years of experience in the industry and can assist students in upskilling. Our staff will gladly assist you in selecting the best training course for your needs.  

Please email  [email protected] or call (08) 6244 2575 if you have any questions.

Last reviewed date: 04/02/2022

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