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By Madeline Patton
John Schwarzmeier, group leader of Systems Integration at SunPeak in Madison, Wisconsin, sees two sets of skills for solar technicians and the emergence of a third set of critical IT skills.
First, this is what he considers the “traditional” attributes for all solar technicians:
The second set of skills is for forward-thinking individuals who want more advanced solar technician roles. They need to be able to use specialized tools such as global positioning systems (GPS), unmanned aircraft systems or drones, or special test equipment that is specific to the solar industry.
“Experience in some of these special tools and equipment would definitely give them a leg up,” he said.
He expects that the most sought-after technicians in the future will be individuals who understand computer networking, internet protocol addresses, and the principles involved in devices communicating with each other—essentially the Internet of Things (IoT).
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