Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

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

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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.


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


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


Ideas and Logic

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


  • 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


  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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

They do well at jobs that need:

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


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Industrial control software

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

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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