Geothermal technicians help ensure that geothermal energy resources power up plants and buildings around the clock. They monitor gauges and dials on equipment, and perform maintenance and repairs. They also keep logs and write reports on energy production, and the work they perform. In residences and commercial buildings, technicians may install geothermal heat pumps and perform tests to ensure they run properly. Many technicians work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions. They may operate excavation equipment such as backhoes, or dig trenches by hand, but either way, the work can be challenging and tiring. Following safety precautions is essential. Geothermal technicians typically work 40 hours or more in a week. Most technicians have a set schedule but it’s not uncommon for routines to change in response to production demands. A high school diploma or equivalent is the most common formal education for geothermal technicians, but many earn certificates or professional certifications related to the field, such as Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning, known as HVAC, or Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored certifications.
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.
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
reading work related information
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
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
communicate by writing
read and understand what is written
Hand and Finger Use
keep your arm or hand steady
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Analytical or scientific software
Geothermal Properties Measurement Tool
Electronic mail software
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed
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