ERIC Number: ED187900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Solar Related Vocational Training Curriculum. Final Report.
Charles, John F.
A project developed a solar-related vocational training curriculum for use in the general technical trades training curriculum. Forty-seven firms comprising Washington State's "solar industry" were surveyed to identify existing and emerging solar-related occupations and prerequisites for entry. Results indicated that solar technologies most likely to achieve the greatest market penetration were domestic hot water systems, swimming pool heaters, and passive/passive hybrid systems. Job requirements of entry level solar workers were a combination of skills from carpentry, sheet metal, plumbing, and pipefitting. A formal task analysis for four solar-related occupations (carpentry, sheet metal, electrician, and plumbing/pipefitting) as they pertain to four generic solar technologies focused on tasks involved in installation and maintenance of solar systems. A "Solar Mechanics Vocational Training Curriculum," consisting of course goals, course descriptions, prime and performance objectives, and a course outline, was prepared. Individuals entering the open entry, open exit program are assumed to possess entry-level skills in carpentry, plumbing and pipefitting, or electrical maintenance. (Appendixes, amounting to over one-half of the report, include a report describing solar technologies appropriate to the Puget Sound Region, solar occupations survey and results, literature review, tasks analysis, preliminary curriuclum, and manpower projection.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Carpentry, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Electricians, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Equipment Maintenance, Job Skills, Labor Market, Plumbing, Postsecondary Education, Power Technology, Sheet Metal Work, Skill Analysis, Solar Radiation, Trade and Industrial Education, Woodworking
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Commission for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., Seattle, WA.
Identifiers: Emerging Occupations; Open Entry Open Exit Programs; Washington
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