Apprentice Electrician – Jr Solar Technician

Shift Energy Group Inc Published: September 24, 2020
Nanaimo, British Columbia
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Jr. SOLAR TECHNICIAN (FULL-TIME 35-40 hours per week)

We have an immediate opening for a junior solar technician to join our growing company. The solar technician will be part of Shift’s Field Operations team. As an integral member of the team, the ideal candidate will help with the successful completion of our residential PV solar systems. The technician will report to the crew lead. It is the responsibility of every team member to ensure safe work practices for Shift’s operations team.

Duties and responsibilities

• Review designs to determine requirements for all parts of the solar system installation detail
• Determine materials, equipment, and installation sequences necessary to maximize installation efficiency
• Install Solar Systems in accordance with codes and standards using design drawings, schematics, and/or instructions
• Assemble solar modules, panels, or support structures, as specified
• Apply weather sealing to array, building, or support mechanisms
• Identify methods for laying out, orienting and mounting modules to ensure efficient installations
• Visually inspect and re-torque all components once complete
• Provide an exceptional customer experience to all customers throughout the process
• Additional duties required as needed

Knowledge and skills

• Experience in roof work, general construction, or carpentry strongly preferred
• Understanding of the CEC codes that relate to PV solar installations an asset
• Must be very organized and be able to meet tight timelines
• Must be physically fit and able to safely handle tools and materials such as: ladders, inverters, solar panels, panel boards, and other similar electrical equipment, lumber, roofing materials, etc.
• Ability to work in extreme environments (example: hot sun, cold, crawl spaces, etc.)
• Capable of working at heights including on rooftops, climbing ladders and stairs; and performing repetitious duties, including lifting, bending and standing for long periods of time
• Experience using basic hand and power tools
• Must have excellent verbal communication skills
• Must have excellent customer service skills
• Excellent attendance is crucial for the team to achieve success
• Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment

Education required

• Previous PV solar installation experience is preferred but not required
2nd-4th Year Electrical Apprentice - Minimum 1,500 hours

Certification required

• Current fall protection certification an asset

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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