Day in the life of
Solar PV Installer – Kaden Coziar
I work as a solar PV Installer. I’m responsible for installing the mechanical portion of the system such as the racking attached to the roof, and panel roof outlay by the design team. I work under the direction of the foreman too.
- Mount racking on rafters
- Drill holes into rafters
- Secure the racking with steel bolts and seal the surrounding area to prevent leaks
- Fasten the solar panel to racking mounts
- Connect the solar system to the electrical supply by running conduit through the attic
- The crew I work with is a fun and good team to work with. I’ve had other jobs in construction where the people would drag you down. My team is always a good fun group that feels like family.
- Compensation is good. I average around $47,000 per year
- My company will throw out a trip, usually a cruise for everyone as long as the company hits revenue goals. We’ve gone to either Mexico or the Caribbean last 3 Februarys in a row.
- Just like any construction job, the weather is a con. I work in Utah so the weather is a big con. Hardly any days off even in the 100 degree heat (on the roof it feels even hotter) and in the 30 degree weather you still are working.
- Sometimes involves long days. Jobs not done until it’s done!
Kaden is a Solar PV Installer. Kaden also runs his own blog at the side.
assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks.