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Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1Skill Level 2

Home improvement installers put in place home improvements such as awnings, curtains, blinds, flyscreens, garage doors, exterior cladding, shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors.Future Growth Very Strong


Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • enjoy practical work

  • good communication skills

  • strong personal drive

  • able to think creatively and solve problems

  • able to work efficiently

  • able to stick to deadlines and budget.

Duties and Tasks

Home improvement installers may perform the following tasks:

  • Examining plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location.

  • Preparing site for installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders.

  • Gluing blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls.

  • Measuring, cutting and applying solar control film to windows.

  • Fitting awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools.

  • Drilling holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures, and bolting, screwing and nailing fittings into place.

  • Attaching and adjusting mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords.

  • Installing flashing and waterproofing to fittings such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors.check specifications and worksites to plan installations

  • provide quotes for home improvements

  • measure and mark locations for frames, brackets or hinges

  • fit frames and home improvements to structures and fasten them into position

  • attach and adjust mechanical fittings, such as cranks, locks and pull-cords


Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a home improvement installer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Skills are usually developed through practice and experience.

Entry to this occupation may be improved by undertaking some associated formal training in construction work.

You can also become a home improvement installer through an apprenticeship or traineeship from the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Additional Information

Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

In NSW, a home improvement installer who undertakes residential building work where the labour content is worth more than $1000 is required to be licensed by NSW Fair Trading.

Most people in this occupation are employed in the construction, manufacturing, or wholesale and retail service or supply industries, or work as self-employed contractors.

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You would use various tools to install materials, including hand-held electric drills, and cutting tools. You would normally be part of a team and often work from ladders and scaffolding.

Working conditions

Building insulation installers work on-site in homes, offices, schools and a range of other commercial and industrial buildings. They may work on buildings that are under construction - or established buildings, refitting or reinstalling insulation. They are often required to work in cramped spaces, and at heights.

Conditions may be hot and dusty, and if working outside they may be exposed to the elements. They usually work regular hours but may be required to work longer hours on certain projects. A drivers’ licence may be needed as you would travel from job to job.

Tools and technologies

Building insulation installers use a wide range of hand tools to install insulation, including knives, saws, tape measures, wire cutters, pliers and wrenches, scissors, trowels, staplers, rulers, compasses, levelling planes and trimming blades. They work with bulk insulation such as batts and blankets, which may be made of materials such as glass wool, rock wool, natural wool or polyester, as well as other forms of insulation such as polyester boards and reflective foil laminate. They may need to wear safety equipment such as gloves, boots, goggles and hard hats.

Education and training/entrance requirements
  
You can work as a building insulation installer without formal qualifications and get training on the job. You may improve your chances of gaining employment by completing a short course in insulation installing offered by registered training organisations throughout Australia.

Solar Panel Installer
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Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, also known as PV installers, assemble, install, and maintain solar panel systems on rooftops or other structures.Future Growth Very StrongSolar PV installers are key to the operations of solar panel installation and maintenance. They utilize a particular skill-set to maximize the effectiveness of both residential and commercial projects.

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One of the most important aspects of a solar installer's role is the design and planning of the project site. Before the project can start, a full review of the structure is conducted, including an audit of the current electrical system and development of any site-specific safety precautions. The project is then designed based on the shading and structural qualities of the site and the type of photovoltaic system being installed. After the design and specifications are finalized, the permits are obtained from the relevant local or state governments. If the installer does not do these preparations themselves, they must become familiar with the permits and arrangements before they begin working on it.

Solar Panel Installer at work
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Once installation starts, essential safety equipment, such as a harness and anchor system, must be set up to protect the installer from falls. Sometimes, the roof will have to be reinforced to support the solar modules; this may involve upgrading materials, replacing rafters, or introducing backings to handle the weight of the modules. The markings must be made to show exactly where each module will be placed, and holes are drilled in the roof to attach the mounting framework. After the mounting is in place, the solar panels can be installed. Extreme caution is taken during installation because the modules are delicate, costly, and weigh about 40 pounds [18K] each. Installers do not want to be on the hook for modules that need repair or substitution because of damage during the installation process.

Duties and Tasks  

PV installers typically do the following:

  • Plan PV system configurations based on customer needs and site conditions
  • Measure, cut, and assemble the support structure for solar PV panels
  • Install solar modules, panels, and support structures in accordance with building codes and standards
  • Connect PV panels to the electrical system
  • Apply weather sealant to equipment being installed
  • Activate and test PV systems
  • Perform routine PV system maintenance
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    Working Conditions

    Many new PV installers begin by performing basic tasks, such as installing support structures and placing PV panels or PV shingles on top of them. Once the panels are in place, more-experienced installers usually perform more-complex duties, such as connecting electrical components.

    Depending on the job and state laws, PV installers may connect the solar panels to the electric grid, although electricians sometimes perform this duty. Once the panels are installed, workers check the electrical systems for proper wiring, polarity, and grounding, and they also perform maintenance as needed.

    Because photovoltaic (PV) panels convert sunlight into electricity, most PV installation is done outdoors. Residential installers work on rooftops and in attics and crawl spaces to connect panels to the electric grid. PV installers who build solar farms work at ground level and need to build structures to hold the PV panel framework.

    PV installers may work alone or as part of a team. Installation of solar panels may require the help of roofers and electricians, as well as solar photovoltaic installers.

    They are in charge of safely attaching the modules to the roofs of houses or other buildings and guaranteeing that the entire systems works. Solar PV installers are expected to work with a variety of tools (both electronic and mechanical), have knowledge of electrical wiring, and possess basic math skills. At any given point, installers must be ready to be problem solvers, ready to repair damaged systems or replace malfunctioning components at the drop of a hat. Not surprisingly, safety is a top priority when installing solar panels because of the height of most projects and the high voltage that solar panels produce.

    Solar PV installers can either be self-employed as general contractors or employed by solar panel installation companies. Self-employed installers typically have training and experience with installing a variety of solar power systems and are hired directly by the property owners or by a project development firm. Installation companies typically specialize in installing a certain type of module, and may also provide some maintenance and repair services. When a solar panel system is purchased, installers may provide the buyer with maintenance and repair work to complete themselves.

    Tools and Technologies

    Solar PV panels convert sunlight to electricity, and PV installers put these systems in place. PV installers use a variety of hand and power tools to install PV panels. They often use drills, wrenches, saws, and screwdrivers to connect panels to frames, wires, and support structures.

    Education and training/entrance requirements


    You can work as a solar panel installer without formal qualifications and get training on the job.

    Kitchen & Bathroom Installer
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    Practical or MechanicalClerical or OrganisingSkill Level 3

    Kitchen and bathroom installers organise and install kitchen and bathroom fitouts, including plumbing, tiling, joinery and shower screens. Future Growth Strong

    Knowledge, skills and attributes 

    To become a kitchen and bathroom installer, you would need:

    • good practical skills
    • to be able to follow technical designs and drawings
    • to be able to use a variety of hand and power tools
    • accuracy and attention to detail
    • problem solving skills
    • some creativity.          

     

    Kitchen Installer
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    Duties and Tasks

    As a kitchen and bathroom installer, you would:

    • read plans and designs
    • measure out work areas according to layout and design plans
    • remove old fixtures, fittings and tiles
    • mark out all cables and pipes not in view
    • organise and supervise trades such as waterproofing, plumbers, tilers and glaziers
    • measure and cut worktops
    • fit cabinetry and units
    • install appliances, glass, mirrors and shower screens
    • tidy the work area at the end of a project.


    Working conditions

    Kitchen and bathroom installers would usually work standard building industry hours, Monday to Friday, with some Saturday morning work. You may need to work overtime to meet deadlines.

    Your role would be physically demanding, with heavy lifting involved. It would be dusty and noisy.

     

    Education and training/entrance requirements

    Kitchen and bathroom installers are usually originally qualified in an area such as plumbing, joinery, carpentry or building. They then go on to co-ordinate a number of trades required to successfully complete a kitchen or bathroom renovation or installation.

    Depending on the State in which you live, you may be required to meet the requirements for, and hold, a current builders' licence, or work under someone who does.

    All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). Authorised training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations.

    Job outlook

    Employment of kitchen and bathroom installers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

    The growth in new residential and commercial construction, as well as repairing and replacing existing kitchens and bathrooms, should result in steady demand for kitchen and bathroom installers.

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