Solar PV Foreperson

Sun Light & Power - Berkeley, CA

Full-timeEstimated: $68,000 - $93,000 a year
Are you an experienced solar installer? Do you enjoy leading a team of other highly skilled installers? Are you eager to build commercial scale systems throughout the greater Bay Area? If so, please keep reading…..

About the Company

We are Sun Light & Power, the oldest solar integrator in California with over 42 years of experience. Based in Berkeley, CA, we are committed to providing exceptional engineering and installation services, improving the environment and building a sustainable business. Sun Light & Power is known for its strong brand, thriving company culture, and reputation of technical superiority. Please visit our site for further details on our project gallery and open opportunities:

Position Summary

At Sun Light & Power, the PV Foreperson is the primary person in command on any job site. She or he supports the Superintendent while acting as the central communicator and advisor to a crew of three. The Foreperson is also trusted with communicating with our Superintendents, Project Managers, and Engineers as well as clients, GCs (general contractors), and onsite superintendents.

The best Forepeople are PV and electrical experts. They also have a sincere appreciation for safety and often hold a professional certification such as OSHA-10, OSHA-30, NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals) certification and/or a C-10 electrical license.

The candidate we hire will have several years experience installing solar, ideally including commercial scale PV and residential work. She or he will be well acquainted with the tools of our trade and own a good number of tools themselves. Once familiar with our best practices they will be asked to run projects on their own but will always have access to a seasoned team of senior field advisors.

At Sun Light & Power, opportunities for advancement are always offered to team members first. Safety training and process improvement are ongoing, and you’ll receive a training stipend of $500.00 per year toward coursework that will help you become even better at what you do.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide daily instruction to your team according to Superintendent’s expectations
Manage groups of up to six workers; direct and assign daily work and successive tasks to teams on and oversee group tasks, as well as participate in them at the same time
Assure implementation of site-specific Safety Plan, which identifies current and potential jobsite safety and vehicle hazards (i.e. ladder/electrical safety, fall protection, PPE)
Lead required weekly/monthly safety meetings and set the example for the Installation team
Ensure work site is clean and site is free of clutter/hazards. Maintain clean and neat tools and workspace
Safely operate power tools and hand-tools and ensure your team does the same
Oversee completion of work in a timely and accurate manner
Understand engineering plans, office checklists and work autonomously on a job’s Field File
Understand system layouts and correct the construction plans to create “As-Built” plans
Apply knowledge of grounding systems (install module, mounting system and inverter grounding, including raceways, bonding, electrode conductors, etc.)
Install electrical components (i.e. mount and install enclosures, combiner boxes, inverters and disconnects, etc.)
Plan and install conduit and raceways; set up wire pulls; label, test, terminate conductors
All Installers are expected to quickly learn the following on the job:

Acquire knowledge of construction safety and electrical safety standards
Know how to work within a wire pulling team: how to handle wire, how not to stress stranded wire
Know the basic wire colors per the National Electrical Code (NEC)
Understand the voltage issues involved with strings of modules (parallel vs. series)
Have basic knowledge of DC electrical systems, preferably some AC as well

Experience and Qualifications:
Proven previous skills managing work sites
Previous experience teaching PV Installers the basic practices of photovoltaic installation
Proven experience managing others including providing appropriate action and coaching to improve behavior and/or performance
Experience managing teams to meet deadlines on time and on budget
Strong work ethic & attention to detail; must possess positive attitude committed to quality work
Knowledge of AC and DC electrical systems
Ability to commission PV system and troubleshoot common problems (i.e. ground faults, polarity)
Proven knowledge of basic arithmetic, fractions, and geometry (must be able to use a tape measure, effectively calculate measurements, etc.)
Basic carpentry skills and knowledge of construction and electrical safety standards
Ability to work in extreme environments (hot sun, light rain, crawl spaces or attics, steep roofs)
Licensed, or willingness to become licensed, to drive forklift, scissor and boom lifts
Current CA driver license with acceptable driving record
Proven experience naming, identifying, and using basic power tools and hardware
Ability to lift at least 50 - 75 pounds; comfortable climbing ladders and working unusual heights
Familiarity with the warehouse environment and stocking practices

Work Environment & Physical Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles, and will be asked to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. She or he may be required to climb a ladder to a height of 15 feet daily and must be able to work productively while wearing a harness. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. We are also a (well mannered) dog-friendly workplace. To build a diverse workforce, Sun Light & Power encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and women. We are an EEO/AA employer. Note: a physical exam may be required.

This full-time position pays a competitive base salary plus benefits that include: a contribution toward medical; dental and optical insurance, 9 PTO days, and 3 sick days, 7 paid holidays, and 2 VPTO (Volunteer Paid Time Off) days that enable you to volunteer for your favorite non-profit organization.

At Sun Light & Power, opportunities for advancement are always offered to team members first. Safety training and process improvement are ongoing, and you’ll receive a training stipend of $500.00 per year toward coursework that will help you become even better at what you do. We are a Benefit Corporation (see: bcorporation dot net) and certified Green Business.

The Hiring Process:
Folks who pass the first round of vetting will be asked to take an online survey to determine if your natural workplace behavior matches what the hiring manager is seeking for this particular role. If you do not hear back from us within four business days of taking the online survey, we thank you now for your interest in Sun Light & Power. We apologize in advance for not being able to respond to every submission.

How to apply:
In your cover letter/resume combination, please do the following:

Assure that your contact information is on all pages.
Write a cover letter explaining why you’re the best person for the job.
Upload both resume and cover letter to the Careers page.
Core Values

Sun Light & Power's Core Values are the company's set of guiding principles. They define our culture and set the behaviors team members can expect from one another. SLP’s Core Values are:

Honor each other’s humanity
Use resources wisely
Make a collective impact
Adapt to accomplish
Never compromise on quality
Serve with commitment
Statement EEO Statement

It is the policy of Sun Light & Power to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, military or veteran status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to: recruitment, selection, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, demotion, termination, etc.