Geothermal Technicians


Overview

Geothermal Technicians

Introduction

Geothermal technicians perform technical duties at geothermal power plants or at individual installations. They monitor and adjust operating equipment and power production systems and identify and correct equipment malfunctions. They may work for commercial geothermal power facilities or install and maintain geothermal equipment for residences. Approximately 8,500 people are directly employed in the geothermal industry, according to the 2019 U.S. Energy Employm...

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Median Salary

$71,108

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Apprenticeship


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Experience

One year experience


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Skills

Building/Trades


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Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Earnings

The average salary for geothermal technicians was $71,108, as reported by SalaryExpert.com in February 2020. Salaries ranged from $50,927 to $87,748. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians earned salaries that ranged from less than $38,110 to $95,140 or more.

Benefits for full-time workers include vacation and sick time, health (and sometimes dental) insurance, and pension or...

Work Environment

Geothermal technicians work in commercial geothermal power plants and for companies that install and repair geothermal equipment and systems in the residential sector. They work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. They may be exposed to hazardous conditions so they wear safety equipment, such as a hard hat, gloves, safety shoes, etc., when working in production areas and near heavy ...

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts average employment growth for installation, maintenance, and repair workers (all others not listed) through 2028. Geothermal technicians with prior work experience and strong knowledge of geothermal power equipment and systems will have the best job prospects.

Development of geothermal energy has slowed recently due to changes in the U.S. government ...

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