Hydroelectric Production Managers

Hydroelectric Production Manager Inspects System

Hydropower electricity is electricity generated from water power found in rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean tides. Hydroelectric production managers oversee and maintain hydroelectric power generation facilities. They supervise production and operation workers and make sure the power plant equipment is operating efficiently and in accordance with industry standards and safety regulations. The National Hydropower Association reports that up to 300,000 people are employed in the hydropower industry.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Monitor and maintain the operations of hydroelectric power generation facilities; inspect equipment and identify power system emergencies
Salary Range $50,000 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 in the Pacific Northwest
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Three years experience; three to four years apprenticeship; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Hydroelectric Production Manager
  • Hydroelectric Production Manager
  • Apprentice Hydroelectric Production Manager

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