Career Details for Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

Also called:

Hydro Operations and Maintenance Technician (Hydro O&M Technician), Hydroelectric Mechanic, Operations and Maintenance Technican (O&M Technician), Power Plant Mechanic

What they do:

Monitor and control activities associated with hydropower generation. Operate plant equipment, such as turbines, pumps, valves, gates, fans, electric control boards, and battery banks. Monitor equipment operation and performance and make necessary adjustments to ensure optimal performance. Perform equipment maintenance and repair as necessary.

On the job, you would:

  • Operate high voltage switches or related devices in hydropower stations.
  • Identify or address malfunctions of hydroelectric plant operational equipment, such as generators, transformers, or turbines.
  • Inspect water-powered electric generators or auxiliary equipment in hydroelectric plants to verify proper operation or to determine maintenance or repair needs.

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Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • product and service development

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

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Basic Skills

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

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Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Verbal

  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Attention

  • pay attention to something without being distracted

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence
  • Self Control

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook

Industrial control software

  • Distributed control system DCS
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel

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certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

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BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$54,930


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.

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