Harnessing the sun's rays to produce usable energy for consumption by the masses has been a common process since the 1950s. If you want to enter this field, you can become a solar technician, but you will first need to decide what kind of technician you want to become. This job title can refer to many different positions, each with a distinct set of responsibilities and qualifications, so doing a bit of research is the first step if you want to become a solar technician. In just about all instances, you will need to complete a high school education or equivalent qualification.
Pay close attention to math and science courses while you are in high school, as you will need these skills once you become a solar technician. After high school, you have a few options, depending on what type of technician you want to become. Sometimes it is possible to become a solar technician with no further education beyond a high school diploma. In this case, it is likely you will need to take part in an apprenticeship program or job training program that will last anywhere from one to five years. You will end up working with more experienced technicians who can teach you how to build, maintain, and repair various solar energy components.
Vocational or technical schools may offer post-secondary training that will give you the skills and, in some cases, the certifications you will need in order to work in the field. You can also become a solar technician by going to college and earning a degree in engineering, various types of sciences, or even construction management. All of these fields are applicable to the solar industry in various capacities, so again, it will be important for you to decide what type of job you wish to pursue in the field.
If you are already working in a construction or engineering industry, your skill set and experience may lend itself nicely to a job in the solar field. You may be able to become a solar technician by applying for a job with a solar company, and making a case regarding how your past work experience applies to the solar industry. This means you will need to write a strong resume and cover letter, and submit these documents to various employers offering job openings. Be sure to read such job descriptions carefully to ensure you are qualified for the position.