Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

Hydroelectric Plant Technician Observes a Dam

Hydropower electricity is electricity generated by water power from ocean tides, rivers, streams, and lakes. Hydroelectric plant technicians monitor and operate hydropower generation plants. They adjust equipment controls and maintain and repair equipment as needed. According to the National Hydropower Association, 48 states have hydropower facilities and there are 2,198 active power plants. Up to 300,000 people are employed in the hydropower industry and the potential is for up to 1.4 million jobs by 2025.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Hydropower Technicians
Duties Operate and maintain equipment in hydroelectric power generation facilities; inspect hydroelectric production equipment and diagnose and address malfunctions
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions but are most common on the West Coast, especially the Pacific Northwest
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience One to two years experience; on-the-job training; apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager, Senior Technician
  • Hydroelectric Plant Technician
  • Apprentice Hydroelectric Plant Technician

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