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Summary Report for:
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

  • Identify or address malfunctions of hydroelectric plant operational equipment, such as generators, transformers, or turbines. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor hydroelectric power plant equipment operation and performance, adjusting to performance specifications, as necessary. Green Task Statement
  • Start, adjust, or stop generating units, operating valves, gates, or auxiliary equipment in hydroelectric power generating plants. Green Task Statement
  • Communicate status of hydroelectric operating equipment to dispatchers or supervisors. Green Task Statement
  • Implement load or switching orders in hydroelectric plants, in accordance with specifications or instructions. Green Task Statement
  • 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
  • Install or calibrate electrical or mechanical equipment, such as motors, engines, switchboards, relays, switch gears, meters, pumps, hydraulics, or flood channels. Green Task Statement
  • Maintain logs, reports, work requests, or other records of work performed in hydroelectric plants. Green Task Statement
  • 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
  • Operate high voltage switches or related devices in hydropower stations. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Ammeters — Clamp-on ammeters
Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
Multimeters — Digital multimeters
Stripping tools — Wire strippers
Two way radios — Mobile radios

Technology used in this occupation:

Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes; Microsoft Outlook
Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
Industrial control software — Distributed control systems DCS software; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

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.
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.
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.

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Work Values

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.
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.
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.

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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 (2013) $26.19 hourly, $54,470 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)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 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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Job Openings on the Web

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