Hydroelectric Plant Technicians


Overview

Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

Introduction

Hydropower electricity is electricity that is generated by water power from ocean tides, rivers, streams, and lakes. Hydroelectric plant technicians monitor and operate hydropower generation plants. They adjust equipment controls and maintain and repair equipment as needed. According to the National Hydropower Association, 48 states have hydropower facilities and there are 2,198 active power plants. Approximately 140,000 people are employed in the hydropower industry. 

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Median Salary

$57,100

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Apprenticeship


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Experience

One to two years experience


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Organized

Earnings

Hydroelectric plant technicians employed in the United States in March 2020 earned an average base salary of $92,671, according to SalaryExpert.com. The starting salary was $65,333, and senior-level technicians earned an average of $114,923 or more.

The U.S. Department of Labor does not provide salary information for hydroelectric plant technicians. It does prov...

Work Environment

Hydroelectric plant technicians work around heavy equipment and must wear protective gear and clothing and follow safety procedures to prevent injuries. Technicians spend their work day on their feet, sometimes standing or kneeling to make repairs in confined spaces. They may also climb stairs and ladders. The job can be physically demanding so physical stamina and fitness is required. Technici...

Outlook

There will be slow employment growth in the next few years for hydroelectric plant technicians. Technicians will be needed to replace workers who leave their positions for other opportunities or retire from the field. Hydropower is an important renewable energy resource due to its abundance and its ability to generate electricity inexpensively without harmful emissions. Employment growth is ham...

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