Solar Installer


Would you like to connect with a career that has constant demand for your skills?

Solar Energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The sharp rise in energy consumption along with the concern about dependency on foreign oil, the high price of gasoline and the increasing interest in sustainable resources have fueled the renewable energy industry, of which solar generation is a growing entity. As the solar energy industry continues to grow the need for employees to install and service the solar equipment will increase.

The growth of the solar industry in the United States and in the Midwest has created a demand for solar installers. With current government programs and stimulus funding for alternative energy management, the Solar Installer Certificate program will offer students a new career path within the Riverland Construction Electrician Programs. This new option will give students a choice of training to be an entry-level Construction Electrician with a specialty in solar installation, site evaluation, and repair. The Solar Installer Certificate is an extension of our current electrical program. This program will benefit our current electrical students and also provide more training and a specialty for under employed electricians. It will also make our current electrical students more marketable.

Solar Installers play a key role in ensuring quality, safety and service, involving the operation and maintenance of solar units, performing mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, as well as repair and preventative maintenance. Solar Installers install and maintain, repair and replace malfunctioning parts and equipment. A solid background in technical math, computer literacy, problem solving, decision making and troubleshooting abilities, ability to work as a part of a team as well as independently, and good reading comprehension are important skills for applicants to this program.

You can look forward to an exceptional learning experience that combines classroom, lab settings, and required general education classes.

Location: Albert Lea
Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: Two Semesters
Faculty: Steve Vietor Allan Henslin Steve Vietor Allan Henslin

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Food Science program page at

Required Core Courses (17 credits)

ELEC1001 Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic 3 CR
ELEC1002 Solar Photovoltaic Safety 1 CR
ELEC1003 Site Evaluation and Solar Components 3 CR
ELEC1004 Photovoltaic energy Storage and Power Supplies 3 CR
ELEC1005 Photovoltaic Sizing/Calculations and Installation 3 CR
ELEC1006 Photovoltaic Permitting, Commissioning, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance 4 CR