Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

General Information

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.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers is projected to decline 14 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 3,500 openings for power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$84,650

State-by-state Salary

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$101,270
$47,340
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 45%
  • High school 21%
  • Associate's degree 15%
  • Bachelor's degree 7%
  • Less than high school 6%
  • Some college 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Building and Construction
  • Physics
  • Engineering and Technology
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