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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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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
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    Graphic Literacy
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    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 84310/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 40.53/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,270
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Independence
    • Self Control

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