360-746-0859  |  4326 Pacific Hwy, Bellingham, WA 98226

General Foreperson

Western Solar is seeking a general foreperson to oversee and train our field crews and crew leads. The purpose of this position is to manage multiple crews simultaneously and in all aspects of construction at Western Solar including solar PV systems, ductless heat pumps, generators, battery backup systems, electrical wiring/retrofits, and other energy efficiency/home energy systems. To plan and coordinate the efforts of the foremen and crew under his/her supervision and motivate them to accomplish the work safely, correctly and efficiently. This individual will also participate in planning, installation and commissioning of the above listed systems, as necessary. This position will assist the Director of Operations in his/her day to day responsibilities including management of crew responsibilities, performance, and morale. The position will also assist project managers in their project development work. This role will require technical oversight of all project details.

Job sites are primarily in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, and San Juan Counties. Our home office is in Bellingham.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Communicate project status with company directors and project managers
  • Develop and maintain quality standards for all project sites
  • Provide leadership by communicating and enforcing company safety policies
  • Provide leadership by communicating and enforcing company policies and procedures
  • Provide leadership by leading team members by example. Offering effective coaching, feedback, and effectively managing performance
  • Ensuring proper job documentation has been completed once the job has been completed
  • Troubleshoot technical issues, review PV system designs, and offer value engineering suggestions when necessary
  • Monitor supply inventory levels, and coordinate with others when reordering is necessary
  • All tasks related to lead installer/foreman position

Required Skills:

  • Working knowledge of grid-tied photovoltaic systems and NEC/ANSI/NFPA 70
  • Multi-tasking / ability to concurrently work on several ongoing projects
  • Effective communicator
  • Solid Team Player
  • Ability to work in poor weather conditions or in high places
  • Effective & dynamic leadership

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of basic electrical design theory and concepts
  • Knowledge of residential and commercial construction
  • Knowledge of current electrical and building codes
  • Able to read and understand blueprints
  • Solar specific education or certificates

Preferred Attributes:

  • Positive thinker
  • Problem solver
  • Detail orientated
  • Self-motivated
  • Enjoys complex projects
  • Takes pride in work and strives for the best quality
  • Enjoys working with others

Required Licenses & Certifications:

  • Must maintain a current driver’s license
  • NABCEP certification preferred

How to succeed in this position:

  • Demonstrate the ability to organize, prioritize, and successfully lead other team members
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings (electrical and/or mechanical)
  • Ability to make decisions with little or no support
  • Display strong problem solving and organization skills
  • Open to change based on diverse input and feedback
  • Ability to effectively work with those of diverse backgrounds and organizational levels
  • Positive attitude and professional customer service skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Obtain Washington State 02 Electrical License
  • Obtain NABCEP Certification

Physical Requirements:

Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force regularly, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Working on steep surfaces in high locations


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Quarterly bonuses
  • Paid holidays and vacation
  • Continuing education reimbursement
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance


$75,000 to $105,000 annually

To apply, send resume with cover letter by email only to gosolar@westernsolarinc.com. Only candidates whose qualifications meet the requirements of the position will be contacted.

Who are we at Western Solar?

TLDR: We take our jobs seriously and have fun doing it!

For more than twenty years, it’s been our privilege to help Washingtonians make the transition to clean, renewable energy. From the start, we’ve brought together a team with a diverse set of skills who don’t just work well together, but who genuinely enjoy each other’s company and relish the opportunity to both learn from and support each other. Our driving principles are integrity and craftsmanship; we expect technical excellence and honesty and transparency from every employee, whether they’re dealing with customers or colleagues. We have been voted the best clean energy company in the Best of the Northwest every year since the category was created and with your help we intend to keep it that way.

We REALLY enjoy the nitty gritty of energy dynamics in the PNW. If you’re curious, caring, and hard-working, you’ll probably fit in great at Western Solar. Come join us in the great Pacific Northwest!