Charging station installer

Discover the profession and opportunities

Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in the Netherlands, and with that comes a growing demand for charging stations and thus for installers. If you are looking for a job with future prospects, read on. In this article you will discover everything you need to know about the profession and the opportunities available to you.

Charging stations

Good to start at the beginning: what is a charging station, how do they work, what types of charging stations are there and what about the different charging speeds?

What is a charging station?

A charging station, also known as a charging station, is an electrical facility used to charge electric vehicles (EVs).It consists of several major components:

Charging Point
This is the physical contact point where the plug of the electric vehicle is connected. There are different types of charging points, such as Type 2 (Mennekes), CCS (Combined Charging System) and CHAdeMO, depending on the type and model of the electric car.

Charging cable
This is the cable used to connect the charging station to the vehicle. Depending on the type of vehicle and charging station, the cable may vary.

Control unit
This is the electronic part of the charging station that manages power control and communication with the vehicle.

A charging station contains a meter that measures the amount of electricity delivered to the vehicle. This is important for billing and reporting purposes.

Communication Unit
Modern charging stations often have a communication module that allows them to communicate with a central management system. This enables remote monitoring, management and billing.

How does charging at a charging station work?

1. Connection to the power grid
The charging station is connected to the electricity grid. This ensures that the charging station can supply electricity to the connected vehicle.

2. Identification and authorization
Before charging begins, the user may need to identify themselves. This can be done using a charging card, smartphone app or other means of identification compatible with the charging system.

3. Connection to the vehicle
The charging cable is connected to both the charging station and the electric vehicle. The charging cable acts as the physical connection through which electricity can flow from the charging station to the vehicle.

4. Communication and handshake
The charging station and the vehicle communicate to determine what charging rate is possible and to perform any security checks. This is also known as the “handshake.”

5. Conversion of power
If the vehicle requires alternating current (AC) but the charging station provides direct current (DC), the current in the charging station is converted to the correct type.

6. Starting the charging process
After communication and any security checks are completed, the charging process begins. Electricity flows from the charging station to the vehicle to charge the battery.

7. Monitoring and control
During charging, the charging station keeps track of the progress and can adjust the charging speed if necessary. Some charging stations have smart features that, for example, can ensure even load on the power grid.

8. Complete and disconnect
Once the vehicle is fully charged or the user decides to stop charging, the charging cable is disconnected from both the charging station and the vehicle.

Charging an electric vehicle via a charging station is a standardized process that ensures the safety and reliability of the charging process. In addition, there are different types of charging stations that offer different charging speeds and capabilities depending on the user’s needs.

Different types of charging stations

There are different types of chargers used in electric vehicle charging stations. Here are the most important ones:

AC Chargers (Alternating current chargers)
These chargers convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) to charge an electric vehicle’s battery. They are often used for slower charging, such as home charging and public charging stations.

DC Chargers
DC chargers deliver direct current directly to the vehicle, allowing it to charge faster. They are often used at fast-charging stations along highways and contribute to more efficient charging times.

These chargers fall between AC and DC chargers in terms of charging speed. They can provide higher power than a regular AC charger, but not as fast as a full-fledged DC fast charger.

Induction Chargers
These chargers use electromagnetic induction to wirelessly charge an electric vehicle’s battery. The vehicle need only be placed above the charger to start the charging process.

Home chargers (Wallboxes)
These are charging stations designed specifically for installation at private homes. They can be either AC or DC chargers, depending on the power and charging rate.

Public Charging Stations
These charging points are in public locations, such as parking lots in city centers, shopping malls, and other high-traffic areas. They can be either AC or DC chargers, depending on specifications.

Fast chargers
These are powerful charging points capable of charging electric vehicles in a relatively short time. They are often placed in locations where fast charging is important, such as at gas stations along highways.

Charging speeds of charging stations

Charging poles have different charging rates, which are expressed in kilowatts (kW). The three most common loading speeds are:

Charging speed 1
This is the speed when you plug your electric car into an ordinary outlet with a standard plug. Because an ordinary home power outlet selchts a maximum of 2.3 kW, charging at this speed takes the longest. In one hour, you add about 6 to 8 kilometers to your driving range.

Charging speed 2
Charging at this speed is done using a wall-mounted charging station on a pole on the street. These charging stations typically provide power between 3.4 kW and 22 kW and can be found in residential areas, public parking lots, business parks and commercial locations such as shopping malls and hotels. With a maximum power of 22 kW, the battery of an electric car will have recharged about 120 km of additional range after an hour.

Charging speed 3
Charge rate 3 is called fast charging and uses direct current (DC) to charge a car’s battery without using the built-in AC/DC inverter on board the car. This allows these types of charging stations to supply direct current directly to the battery. This makes fast charging ideal for a short stop at a gas station, for example. Charging time varies depending on the power of the charging station and the capacity of the car, but in general, fast charging allows you to charge your car within 20 minutes.

Charging station installer

With a job as a charging station installer, you are sure to have plenty of work in the future. What is a charging station installer, what are the duties and how do you become a charging station installer?

What is a charging station installer

A charging station installer is an electricalian with expertise in installing, maintaining and repairing charging stations for electric vehicles. These professionals have knowledge of electrical systems and specialize in the specific requirements and techniques involved in charging stations.

Tasks of a charging station installer

At first glance, installing charging stations seems like a simple job, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. We have listed all the tasks.

Site assessment and planning
Before a charging station is installed, the charging station installer assesses the intended location. They look at factors such as distance from the power grid, available space, safety and accessibility.

Electrical connection and wiring
The installer is responsible for connecting the charging station to the electrical grid. This includes installing the necessary wiring, fuses and other electrical components.

Plug type and communication protocol
The installer must ensure that the chosen charging station is compatible with the plug type of the electric vehicle. They are familiar with various standards and protocols such as Type 2 (Mennekes), CCS, CHAdeMO, etc.

Safety and regulations
The installer strictly adheres to safety rules and regulations to ensure that the installation is safe for both users and the power grid. They can also apply for permits if needed.

Configuration and programming
After physical installation, the charging station must be configured and programmed. This includes setting parameters such as loading speed, access control and rates (if applicable).

Grounding and security
The installer ensures proper grounding of the charging station and implements security measures to prevent electrical problems.

Measurement and recording
Charging poles often contain meters to measure the electricity consumed. The installer ensures that these meters work correctly and records the data as needed for billing.

Maintenance and repair
The installer performs regular maintenance to ensure that the charging station continues to operate efficiently. This may include inspection, cleaning and replacement of parts. In case of malfunctions or defects, the installer performs repairs.

Customer service and advice
The installer can advise customers on the best locations for charging stations, the type of charging station most appropriate and other relevant considerations. They also provide technical support to users as needed.

Reporting and documentation
The installer keeps detailed documentation of the installation, maintenance work and any repairs. This can be useful for reporting and billing purposes.

All in all, the charging station installer plays a crucial role in creating a reliable electric vehicle charging network. They ensure that the charging infrastructure is safe, efficient and user-friendly for users.

Charging station installer freelance

The demand for qualified charging station installers continues to grow as electric mobility continues to gain ground. This provides opportunities for freelance individuals to offer their services to various clients, including installation companies, energy companies and private electric vehicle owners.

Benefits as a freelance charging station installer

The benefits of working as a Charging Station Installer freelancer are several. First of all, the freelance person has the freedom to decide which assignments to take on and which locations to work in. This provides flexibility and the opportunity to focus on specific specializations within the field.

In addition, a sole proprietor has the autonomy to set his own rates and pricing structures, which affects the income and profitability of his business. He also has control over his own operations, including administrative duties and scheduling.

Lots of personal responsibility as a freelancer

However, as a freelancer, one also bears responsibility for things such as taxes, insurance, and attracting new clients. It is important for a freelance Charging Station Installer to be knowledgeable about industry regulations and requirements, and to be able to build professional relationships with clients.

How to become a charging station installer

To become a charging station installer, there are several steps you can follow:

Basic training
Start with an education in electrical engineering, preferably at MBO level. This provides a solid foundation in electrical systems and installation techniques.

Specialization in charging infrastructure
To become a charging station installer, it is important to specialize in charging infrastructure. You can do this by taking additional courses or training specifically focused on the installation and maintenance of charging stations.

Working in electrical engineering
Gaining work experience in electrical engineering is essential. This can take the form of an internship, apprenticeship, or as an apprentice electrician with an experienced mechanic. Do check if a company also offers services regarding charging stations, then sooner or later you will definitely get experience with charging stations. Given future developments, it is expected that many installation companies will start offering these services.

Charging station installer salary

What a charging station installer earns can vary depending on several factors, such as experience, education level, employer and region. Here are some guidelines:

Entry level (Junior)
An entry-level charging station installer with little to no experience can expect a salary between €2,000 and €2,500 gross per month on a full-time basis.

Average (Medior)
A charging station installer with several years of experience and a solid knowledge of charging infrastructure can earn between €2,500 and €3,500 gross per month on a full-time basis.

Advanced (Senior)
An experienced charging station installer with extensive knowledge and skills, and possible managerial responsibilities, can earn a salary of €3,500 to €4,500 gross per month on a full-time basis.

It is important to note that these amounts are estimates and may vary. In addition, fringe benefits, such as bonuses, allowances and pension plans, can affect a charging station installer’s salary.

What does a freelance chare post installer earn

A freelance charging station installer has a variable income depending on the hourly rate, number of jobs and expenses incurred.

Hourly rate
A freelance charging station technician determines his own hourly rate. This can vary, but on average, freelancers in this field can charge rates between €40 and €60 per hour.

Number of assignments
The income of a freelance charging station installer is determined by the number of jobs successfully completed. This can vary from month to month.

Costs and expenses
As a freelancer, you are responsible for your own business expenses, including tools, transportation, insurance and taxes. These costs must be subtracted from sales to determine net profit.

These expenses must be deducted from sales to determine net profit. freelance earnings compared to salaried employment
The gross hourly rate as a freelancer is higher than what you get in salaried employment, but for a proper comparison you need to calculate what you are left with net after deducting all your costs and expenses. In addition, as a freelancer, you have more responsibility and must cover risks such as illness yourself.

Future prospects as a charging station installer

The future outlook for a charging station installer is very positive, given the growing popularity of electric driving and the corresponding demand for charging infrastructure. Governments have increasingly stringent requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This creates greater demand for renewable alternatives such as electricity as fuel. As a result, the number of electric vehicles is steadily increasing and with it the number of charging stations.

To meet the growing demand for charging options, new charging stations are constantly being installed. This creates opportunities for charging station installers to work on installation projects. Technology in the field of charging infrastructure is evolving rapidly, providing new opportunities for specialization and expertise within this field.

In addition to installation, ongoing maintenance and repairs are required on existing charging infrastructure. This creates stable demand for charging station installers.

What companies can you work for

We see the number of vacancies for charging station installers growing due to the growing demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. These jobs can be found in a variety of sectors:

(Specialized) installation companies
All-round installation companies operating in electrical engineering may have vacancies for charging station installers as part of their service offerings. There are also an increasing number of installation companies that focus solely on the installation and maintenance of charging infrastructure. These companies have a growing need for qualified charging station installers.

Energy companies and grid operators
Major energy companies and grid operators are involved in the rollout of charging infrastructure and need qualified charging station installers.

Car dealers and automotive companies
Electric vehicle dealers and automotive companies may need charging station installers to install and maintain charging infrastructure at their locations.

Construction companies
Companies in the construction industry may have vacancies for charging station installers, especially if they are involved in the construction of new homes and commercial buildings with integrated charging infrastructure.

Government agencies and municipalities
Government and municipal organizations play an important role in promoting electric mobility and investing in the installation of public charging infrastructure.

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Charging station installer vacancies

Someone has to install and maintain all those charging stations. Exactly, the charging station installer. We need more and more of them, and as a result there are more and more vacancies for charging station installer.

Common activities in a job posting

This is what you can generally expect in terms of work found in a charge post installer job posting:

Installation of Charging Infrastructure
As a charging station installer, you will mainly be installing charging stations in various locations such as parking lots, residential areas, and business parks.

Maintenance and repair
In addition to installation, as a charging station installer you will also be regularly engaged and responsible for maintenance and repairs on existing charging stations.

Technical Diagnostics strong
As a installer, you will be required to analyze and diagnose technical problems to determine the cause of any malfunctions or defects.

Customer Communications
You will also potentially interact with customers, explaining how the charging infrastructure works and answering any questions.

Administrative tasks
This may include maintaining documentation and reports on the work performed and any parts used.

Skills required for a charging station installer

As a charging station installer, there are several skills that are essential to do your job well. You often see the following skills in a charging station installer job posting:

Technical ability
As a charging station installer, you must have a good understanding of electrical systems and wiring. You must be able to properly install, maintain and repair charging stations.

Safety Awareness
Safety is paramount when working with electrical systems. You must be aware of safety regulations and procedures and follow them closely to minimize risks.

Problem solving ability
Sometimes technical problems can occur with charging stations. It is important that you are able to resolve issues quickly and effectively to ensure that the charging infrastructure continues to function properly.

Knowledge of electric vehicles
It is helpful to have a good understanding of how electric vehicles work, their charging needs and the different types of charging connectors used.

Communication skills
As a charging station installer, you may have to deal with customers. Good communication skills are important to clearly explain what you do, how it works and to answer questions.

Installing charging stations requires precision to ensure everything is connected correctly and functioning properly.

Flexibility and adaptability
The technology surrounding charging stations is evolving rapidly and it is important that you are willing to learn and apply new systems and techniques.

As a charging station installer, you may work independently, so it is important that you are able to perform tasks independently and make decisions.

Freelance vacancies for charging station installers

A charging station installer freelance is expected to have extensive work experience and all the necessary skills. Logically, there are no job openings for independent installers without experience. If you do want to start out as a freelancer, make sure you have somewhere to gain experience. For example, by being temporarily employed somewhere (part-time) to learn the trade.

Current vacancies Charging station installer

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