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What Do Hydroelectric Plant Technician Do?

Occupation Description 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.

List of Hydroelectric Plant Technician Job Duties

  • Install or calibrate electrical or mechanical equipment, such as motors, engines, switchboards, relays, switch gears, meters, pumps, hydraulics, or flood channels.
  • Splice or terminate cables or electrical wiring in hydroelectric plants.
  • Communicate status of hydroelectric operating equipment to dispatchers or supervisors.
  • Perform preventive or corrective containment or cleanup measures in hydroelectric plants to prevent environmental contamination.
  • Start, adjust, or stop generating units, operating valves, gates, or auxiliary equipment in hydroelectric power generating plants.
  • Connect metal parts or components in hydroelectric plants by welding, soldering, riveting, tapping, bolting, bonding, or screwing.

Skills Needed to be a Hydroelectric Plant Technician

Below is a list of the skills most Hydroelectric Plant Technicians say are important on the job.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Types of Hydroelectric Plant Technician Jobs

  • Plant Mechanic
  • Hydro Operator
  • Hydroelectric Mechanic
  • Hydroelectric Plant Electrician
  • Hydroelectric Machinery Mechanic

Job Outlook for Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

In the United States, there were 12,100 jobs for Hydroelectric Plant Technician in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 2.5% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 300 new jobs for Hydroelectric Plant Technician by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,200 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Hydroelectric Plant Technician are South Dakota, Nebraska, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Massachusetts, West Virginia, or Oklahoma. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Hydroelectric Plant Technician Salary

The average yearly salary of a Hydroelectric Plant Technician ranges between $34,580 and $81,750.

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Hydroelectric Plant Technicians who work in Alaska, Washington, or Hawaii, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Hydroelectric Plant Technicians in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $53,280
Alaska $65,360
Arizona $54,740
Arkansas $52,910
California $69,480
Colorado $50,910
Connecticut $65,360
Florida $53,060
Georgia $42,540
Hawaii $68,500
Idaho $63,100
Illinois $63,770
Indiana $60,160
Iowa $62,060
Kansas $66,380
Kentucky $53,540
Louisiana $54,610
Maine $44,000
Maryland $60,260
Massachusetts $63,710
Michigan $62,000
Minnesota $67,770
Mississippi $58,280
Missouri $56,330
Montana $60,360
Nebraska $41,410
Nevada $59,180
New Jersey $62,690
New Mexico $53,040
New York $63,550
North Carolina $57,370
North Dakota $52,260
Ohio $52,440
Oklahoma $52,740
Oregon $58,800
Pennsylvania $55,250
South Carolina $57,790
Tennessee $55,980
Texas $52,850
Utah $53,520
Virginia $62,820
Washington $68,600
West Virginia $54,870
Wisconsin $64,240

What Tools do Hydroelectric Plant Technicians Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Hydroelectric Plant Technicians:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Distributed control system DCS

How to Become a Hydroelectric Plant Technician

Individuals working as a Hydroelectric Plant Technician have obtained the following education levels:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Hydroelectric Plant Technicians Work

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The table below shows the approximate number of Hydroelectric Plant Technicians employed by various industries.

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