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Geothermal Technicians

Also called: Maintenance Technician; Control Room Operator (CRO); Control Operator; Instrumentation, Control, and Electrical Technician (I C & E Technician)

What they do:
Perform technical activities at power plants or individual installations necessary for the generation of power from geothermal energy sources. Monitor and control operating activities at geothermal power generation facilities and perform maintenance and repairs as necessary. Install, test, and maintain residential and commercial geothermal heat pumps.
On the job, you would:
  • Identify and correct malfunctions of geothermal plant equipment, electrical systems, instrumentation, or controls.
  • Monitor and adjust operations of geothermal power plant equipment or systems.
  • Adjust power production systems to meet load and distribution demands.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • physics
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Verbal
  • communicate by writing
  • read and understand what is written
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • ClimateMaster GeoDesigner
  • Geothermal Properties Measurement Tool
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$36,620
per year, on average
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