Fluke Supports Solar Workforce Grow as NABCEP Training Provider

Skilled labor shortages pose concerns for companies seeking sustainable growth. Fluke aims to address this issue in the solar industry by becoming a NABCEP Registered Training Provider, aiming to minimize future bottlenecks.

Fluke Supports Solar Workforce Grow as NABCEP Training Provider

Skilled Labor Shortage:

Manufacturing bottlenecks occur when a specific stage in the process chain becomes overwhelmed and cannot match the pace of the overall system. While manufacturers diligently address bottlenecks in their processes, the issue of skilled labor bottlenecks is often overlooked. Delays in manufacturing processes can be caused not only by machinery but also by a shortage of skilled professionals to assemble and maintain the equipment.

A study conducted by Rockwell Automation reveals the challenges faced by manufacturers in finding skilled workers essential for maintaining competitiveness in their respective fields. To mitigate the long-term impact of skilled labor shortages, many manufacturers have implemented scholarship programs and other educational initiatives to enhance employees' skill levels. This trend is observed across technology-based industries, and Fluke has recently registered as an educational provider for workers in the solar industry.

Fluke Supports Solar Workforce Development Initiatives:

Fluke, a renowned industrial tools and software manufacturer, has become an official North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Registered Training Provider (RTP). This strategic move is driven by the ongoing growth witnessed in the solar industry. Over the past decade (2011-2021), the solar industry has seen a substantial rise, with job numbers surging from 105,000 to 255,000, indicating a significant demand for skilled labor in the sector.

In an effort to address potential bottlenecks caused by a shortage of knowledgeable personnel, Fluke has obtained relevant certifications and developed educational programs. By becoming a NABCEP Registered Training Provider (RTP), Fluke aims to enhance work safety, efficiency, and accuracy for future solar workers. The course "Tools and Techniques for Commissioning and Maintaining PV Systems" is led by Will White, a certified solar application specialist and educator.

This comprehensive course covers various aspects of the solar industry, providing training in installation, maintenance, and commissioning of solar arrays. It is available both in-person and online, offering professionals an opportunity to earn course hours towards their NABCEP certification. Moreover, some of these hours can also contribute towards fulfilling the PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Board Certification requirements for individuals pursuing this certification.

The course covers a wide range of topics pertaining to the construction and maintenance of large-scale solar arrays. Participants will gain knowledge on various tools essential for the process, including:

  • Digital multimeters
  • Clamp meters
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Insulation resistance testers
  • I-V curve tracers
  • Irradiance meters
  • Power quality meters
  • Solar asset management software

By familiarizing themselves with these tools, participants will acquire the necessary skills to effectively build and manage solar arrays.

Sustainability Advancing :

As a prominent provider of test and measurement equipment worldwide, Fluke is actively engaged in supporting the advancement of sustainable energy industries through the utilization of their products. Recognizing the continued growth of the industry over the past decade, Fluke aims to enhance the readiness of professionals seeking to expand their careers in the solar sector. By offering comprehensive training qualifications, they strive to mitigate potential bottlenecks resulting from a shortage of skilled labor in the solar energy field.