What kind of training will I receive at College of the Canyons?
The Solar Energy Technician Certificate of Specialization is a low-unit program designed to provide entry-level skills for students seeking employment as an installer of solar photovoltaic or solar thermal systems. Students will gain a broad understanding of alternative energy, and will receive rigorous instruction in solar system design and installation. This program prepares students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP™) exams in Entry Level Solar Thermal and Entry Level Photovoltaic.

What does a photovoltaic installer do?
A photovoltaic installer designs, assembles, installs, or maintains solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures based on a drawing set and in compliance with applicable codes, and other industry standards.

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:
• Design a PV system on customer needs, budget, and site conditions.
• Install PV systems in accordance with codes and standards using physical layout drawings, electrical schematics, and instructions.
• Fasten solar modules to roofs and fasten wiring, inverters and other support structures to building walls. • Check electrical installation for proper wire sizing, polarity, grounding, or integrity of terminations.
• Make connections between PV systems and utility services, and other power generation sources.
• Perform routine maintenance on modules, arrays, batteries, power conditioning equipment, safety systems, structural systems, weather sealing, and balance of systems components.
• Understand personal, electrical and power tool safe practices.


What does a solar thermal installer do?
Solar thermal installers use cutting-edge technology to capture heat from the sun to heat water for cooking, bathing, laundry, and swimming pools.

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:
• Design active solar domestic hot water systems and solar pool systems.
• Assess collector sites to ensure structural integrity of potential mounting surfaces or the best orientation and tilt for solar collectors.
• Determine locations for installing solar subsystem components, including piping, water heaters, storage tanks, circulating pumps, valves, and ancillary equipment.
• Install components and plumbing using pipe cutters, soldering equipment, plastic glue, electrical supplies, and hand tools.
• Perform routine maintenance or repairs to restore solar thermal systems to baseline operating conditions and more.


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Want more information?

For more information about this program visit the Solar Energy Technician website at www.canyons.edu/solar

Or Contact Dr. Peter Parrish, Department Chair Alternative Energy and Automotive Technology Peter.Parrish@canyons.edu

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"Students will gain a broad understanding of alternative energy, and will receive rigorous instruction in solar system design and installation."

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