Project hiring solar panel installers

A job recruitment event for solar panel installers will be held in Ridgecrest on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kern County Administration Building, 400 N. China Lake Boulevard.

The event is co-hosted by Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 428.

According to Brian Holt, a spokesperson for recruitment, up to 100 people will be hired to install solar panels in Freemont Valley, just south of Red Rock Canyon. No prior experience is necessary.

“This could be a real opportunity for anyone physically fit and ready to learn a new skill,” said Holt. “While the duration of this project is fairly short, the same company is already lining up another larger project a little farther south.”

IBEW Local 428 members will be on hand at the recruitment event to answer questions about the job, as well as to distribute and accept applications.

Positions pay approximately $18 an hour plus $50 per day in travel reimbursement.

Solar panel installation includes uncrating, lifting and carrying solar panels as well as securing panels in place and cleaning up the job site. Physically, the job requires lifting approximately 50 pounds, reaching and lifting above shoulder level, climbing ladders and stairs, bending and stooping, extended periods of walking, regular exposure to weather conditions and the ability to work at a rapid pace.

Other requirements include reliable transportation to the work site, the ability to take directions and to work effectively with other people. Each applicant must pass a drug test, be proficient in the English language, wear steel- or safety-toed shoes suitable for a construction site and have identification as required on the Federal I-9 document.

For more information contact Holt at 661-323-2979 or

Story First Published: 2019-02-08