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Solar Heating Cooling System Installer
Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Solar Heating and Cooling System Installers perform the physical plumbing and installation of solar thermal systems, and may include rooftop work, heavy lifting, soldering and brazing, digging and trenching, and other heavy physical labor associated with the installation of solar thermal systems.

Working Conditions

This work is performed indoors and outdoors and requires standing, bending and reaching in cold, wet conditions, in confined crawl spaces and at heights. Tools include electrical metering devices, cable pulling devices, electrical hand tools, soldering tools, hammers, drills and side cutters.
Beginning apprentices start at about 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship lasts about one year, with the opportunity to advance every six months. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and 2,000 on-the-job training hours. Journey-level solar heating and cooling system installers must have a state license. Upon completion of the program, apprentices are referred to the Oregon Building Codes Division for the appropriate licensing exam.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 17 years of age to apply, and 18 to begin the program. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent, and successful completion of at least one year of high school mathematics or an equivalent post-high school placement test or course. Apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
Apprenticeship Committees 
MA# 1126  Renewable Energy JATC
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