Hydroelectric Plant Technicians


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.
Also called: Hydro Operations and Maintenance Technician (Hydro O&M Technician), Hydroelectric Mechanic, Operations and Maintenance Technician (O&M Technician), Power Plant Mechanic

Knowledge:

    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

Skills:

    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

Abilites:

    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

Personality:

Description: 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

Technology:

    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

Education:

    certificate after high school
    high school diploma/GED
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