What Is a Battery Repairer?

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Alternate Titles

Battery Technician, Energy Storage Service Specialist, Battery Maintenance Technician

Apprenticeships

Battery Repairer is an approved occupation for Registered Apprenticeships through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), with a typical program duration of two years. Visit the DOL website to learn more about this apprenticeship. 

There are apprenticeship opportunities for other job roles, such as Electricians, which may perform maintenance and repair on battery systems. 

Education and Experience

A bachelor’s degree, a GED, or the equivalent. An associate’s degree is preferred, but not necessary. To become a Battery Repairer, individuals may: 

  • Complete a Registered Apprenticeship program.
  • Complete a certificate or degree program.
  • Choose a combination of on-the-job learning and self-study.1

Salary Range

$50,500—$90,500/year2

Battery Repairers maintain and repair sophisticated battery storage equipment and wiring. They inspect and repair batteries and battery-related equipment, including electronics, fire suppression, and cooling systems, ensuring that they meet performance criteria.

Batteries may connect to wind farms or solar energy systems (either residential, commercial, or utility-scale). They can also serve as standalone power-generation facilities. Batteries also power electric vehicles and a wide range of other tools and equipment. Battery Repairers may specialize in one or more of these technologies. 

As clean energy solutions and electrification become more popular, many more growing businesses are looking for skilled Battery Repairers. This is an outstanding opportunity to launch a challenging and fulfilling career in an industry at the early stage of development.

The Job

As a Battery Repairer, daily tasks may include:

  • Inspect battery equipment to ensure it meets specifications and quality standards. Test equipment for performance and efficiency. 
  • Read and interpret wiring diagrams and service guides to determine how to accurately perform repairs. 
  • Repair batteries and battery-related equipment using hand tools and electrical meters. Use electrical meters and measuring tools to measure amperage, voltage, and other electrical measurements. 
  • Lift and move batteries using construction equipment. Engage in physically demanding work, including climbing ladders, lifting heavy objects, or crawling in tight spaces. 
  • Use a variety of tools including power tools, measuring devices, testing devices such as multimeters, and power construction equipment.
  • Work as part of a team to manage and train other employees on the installation and maintenance of electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. 

A more complete list of tasks related to this job role can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net website.

Career Pathways and Advancement

Most companies that hire Battery Repairers have multiple advancement levels, for example, Battery Tech 1, Battery Tech 2, and Battery Tech 3. Battery Repairers may go on to specialize in a related trade such as Electrician. Transitions into management or engineering positions are common for Battery Repairers. Experienced Battery Repairers may also become Trainers with additional professional development.

Work Environment

Battery Repairers may work in a factory or field-based environment depending on the employer. Battery maintenance and repair work may be performed in residential and commercial buildings or industrial facilities. Some batteries are removable and may be repaired in a workshop, while others need to be maintained in the field. Battery energy storage systems are primarily co-located with renewable energy projects such as solar and wind farms, which are often in remote locations.  

Certification and Licensing

Battery Repairers must complete electrical and battery safety training. Other certifications, such as the OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour certification, may also be required or recommended. 

Industry-specific certifications, such as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Energy Storage Installation Professional (ESIP) can help to identify specific areas of knowledge to employers and customers.

Tips for Entry

To get a foot in the door, consider applying for entry-level positions at construction companies that have battery storage work as part of their portfolios. Individuals can start a Battery Repairer apprenticeship or find out how their work experience can count toward hours to qualify for a licensing exam. 

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  1. Information paraphrased from O*Net Online, Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers

    (accessed June 2024), https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-2092.00?redir=49-2092.05
  2. Wage data is based on information in the IREC solar career map. Information on the methodology can be found here.