ERIC Number: ED182461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of Need for Developing and Implementing Technical and Skilled Worker Training for the Solar Energy Industry.
Orsak, Charles G.; And Others
A Navarro College, Texas, study determined the quantitative and qualitative needs for developing skilled manpower for the solar industry and secondarily identified the (present) solar industry manpower populations and tasks performed by solar technical and skilled workers. Results from three initial working groups addressing equipment, market penetration, and skills analysis were combined by a fourth manpower assessment group to (1) forecast solar-trained manpower needs and (2) determine the training required to produce manpower capable of performing the identified tasks. Based on data from available market studies, the demand for trained workers to design, install, and maintain solar systems will be substantial and will develop concurrently with the demand for solar equipment. According to solar market projections, 2.4 million solar units will be installed by 1985. By that time there must be 25,000 skilled workers in the solar field, one-fifth trained at the technician level. Solar technician training should be equivalent in length and extent to that for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning technicians--approximately a two-year program. Solar mechanics training can continue to be provided by solar industry. To meet the demand, approximately eight schools, each graduating fifty solar technicians a year, are needed. (Tables and figures are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Occupational Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Solar Radiation, Task Analysis, Technical Education, Technical Occupations
Navarro College, P.O. Box 1170, Corsicana, TX 75110 (Complete 276-page report, $65.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Navarro Coll., Corsicana, TX.