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Craft Instructor

Under the direction of Power52 Energy Institute, the Craft Instructor will work to support the technical and educational instruction associated with members entering into the renewable energy career field; specifically photovoltaic systems and solar energy applications. The Instructor will lead training sessions, each lasting 11-weeks and serving a group of approx. 20 adult trainees. The Craft Instructor’s main responsibility will be adapting and facilitating Power52’s PV Professional accredited curriculum supported by The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Additionally, they will support the member’s academic development and the ultimate goal of acquiring solar industry recognized North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Associate Credentials.

Instructor Role and Responsibilities: (Include, but are not limited to)

  • Assist members and provide instruction and activities in the areas of photovoltaic systems, design, operations, construction, safety, and best practices.

  • Designs and implements hands-on, lab-oriented solar technology, engineering, and construction-related activities.

  • Provides standards-based, structured project-based learning that interconnects career development and integral subject knowledge.

  • Creates and maintains an effective environment for learning.

  • Maintains meaningful positive rapport with trainees, staff, program partners, and stakeholders of Power52 Foundation, Power52 Energy Institute, and Power52 Energy Solutions.

  • Encourages behavior that promotes character development and professional development.

  • Implement Power52’s rigorous lesson plans that are driven by technical and performance assessment.

  • Ensures that trainees display knowledge of content standards.

  • Uses technology to promote learning, creativity, and collaboration.

  • Implements and analyze computer-based tutorial lessons on the web or digital learning platforms associated with the industry standards and curriculum.

  • Develops activities which align with standards in the area of focus.

  • Exposes members to a wide variety of skills and knowledge in topics ranging from initial exposure to a deeper understanding. To include lab work, outside of the classrooms “hands-on training” and any practice of learning associated with providing technical capacity for a career in renewable energy.

  • Implements hands-on solar lab for both onsite and remote training.


  • High School Diploma/Equivalent

  • Experience at a minimum journey or technician level in the solar industry OR a minimum of three years experience as a certified teacher in a vocational/technical construction or maintenance-related training program.

  • Osha Certified Trainer (Not required)

  • “PV Installation Professional” Certified (Preferred)

  • Comfort with different education techniques and openness to new developments in the field.

  • Strong communication and organizational skills.

  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and to address the varying needs of members in our program.

  • Able to manage members individually and in groups.


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