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Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

General Information


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.

Industry areas

  • Manufacturing

Job Outlook

Overall employment of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers is projected to decline 15 percent from 2021 to 2031. Despite decliningemployment, about 3,200 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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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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