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51-8099.04 - 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.

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Identify or address malfunctions of hydroelectric plant operational equipment, such as generators, transformers, or turbines. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor hydroelectric power plant equipment operation and performance, adjusting to performance specifications, as necessary. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start, adjust, or stop generating units, operating valves, gates, or auxiliary equipment in hydroelectric power generating plants. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate status of hydroelectric operating equipment to dispatchers or supervisors. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Implement load or switching orders in hydroelectric plants, in accordance with specifications or instructions. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect water-powered electric generators or auxiliary equipment in hydroelectric plants to verify proper operation or to determine maintenance or repair needs. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install or calibrate electrical or mechanical equipment, such as motors, engines, switchboards, relays, switch gears, meters, pumps, hydraulics, or flood channels. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain logs, reports, work requests, or other records of work performed in hydroelectric plants. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain or repair hydroelectric plant electrical, mechanical, or electronic equipment, such as motors, transformers, voltage regulators, generators, relays, battery systems, air compressors, sump pumps, gates, or valves. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate high voltage switches or related devices in hydropower stations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate hydroelectric plant equipment, such as turbines, pumps, valves, gates, fans, electric control boards, or battery banks. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take readings and record data such as water levels, temperatures, or flow rates. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test and repair or replace electrical equipment, such as circuit breakers, station batteries, cable trays, conduits, or control devices. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Change oil, hydraulic fluid, or other lubricants to maintain condition of hydroelectric plant equipment. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect metal parts or components in hydroelectric plants by welding, soldering, riveting, tapping, bolting, bonding, or screwing. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut, bend, or shape metal for applications in hydroelectric plants, using equipment such as hydraulic benders or pipe threaders. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Erect scaffolds, platforms, or hoisting frames to access hydroelectric plant machinery or infrastructure for repair or replacement. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lift and move loads, using cranes, hoists, and rigging, to install or repair hydroelectric system equipment or infrastructure. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform preventive or corrective containment or cleanup measures in hydroelectric plants to prevent environmental contamination. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform tunnel or field inspections of hydroelectric plant facilities or resources. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Splice or terminate cables or electrical wiring in hydroelectric plants. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters — Clamp-on ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow sensors — Water flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Water temperature gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal turning center — Turning lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydroelectric engines — Hydroelectric generating units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Level probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Platform lift — Staging equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Cordless drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Water pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets — Ratchet sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Protective respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam engines — Steam turbines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turbine engines — Combustion turbines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Workshop cranes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes; Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Distributed control systems DCS software; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Operate energy production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain sustainable energy production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Exchange information with colleagues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate welding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Solder parts or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair production equipment or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble electromechanical or hydraulic systems. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
83 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.See more occupations related to this interest.
45 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.See more occupations related to this interest.
33 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.See more occupations related to this interest.
11 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.See more occupations related to this interest.
6 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.See more occupations related to this interest.
0 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
50 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.See more occupations related to this work value.
50 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.See more occupations related to this work value.
50 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.See more occupations related to this work value.
33 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.See more occupations related to this work value.
33 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.See more occupations related to this work value.
33 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Plant and System Operators, All Other.
Employment data collected from Plant and System Operators, All Other.
Industry data collected from Plant and System Operators, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $26.55 hourly, $55,230 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 12,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Government (30% employed in this sector)
Utilities (10%)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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