Pros: Great pay, bonuses
Cons: Long hours, working on roofs in the sun
I came in with no previous experience, aside from a few roofing jobs in the summer. Within 2 months I was able to measure and lay out, prep, and install an array of solar panels, ranging in size from 2 or 3 panels, upwards of 50 panels in a single array. Usually resulting in 250-400 panels in a week. I also dealt with our customers, assisting in any questions they might have had about their system, and installing a wireless device to monitor the system, also performing service calls and maintenance as needed. Assisted with warehouse duties as well, inventory and rotating stock, loading and unloading the work trucks and electrical vans. Helped the electrical crews with wiring and electric portion of the install. I had great co-workers, people from all over parts of California, from Oakland and San Jose, to Orange County and Huntington Beach, from Mexico, New York, Utah, and all over the place. The hardest part of this job, was just the sheer number of hours worked, sometimes over 70 or more a week, and about 95% of those hours worked, being in direct sunlight. But I still loved the people I worked with, and getting to meet new customers everyday and see all the different parts of the Bay Area was the most enjoyable part of it for me.