In a typical work setting, geothermal technicians:
- Have a medium-high level of social interaction. Communicate daily with others over the phone, using e-mail, and in person.
- Are very responsible for the health and safety of others.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other technicians.
- Are occasionally placed in conflict situations in which there may be disagreement over how to accomplish a task.
Physical Work Conditions
- Almost always wear protective or safety attire, such as hard hats or safety goggles. Sometimes wear specialized equipment.
- Are often exposed to loud sounds or distracting noise levels.
- Work both indoors and outdoors.
- Are frequently exposed to contaminants as well as hazardous conditions, situations, and equipment.
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- Are often exposed to hot or cold temperatures, depending on weather and location.
- Sometimes work in very bright or very dim light conditions.
- Occasionally get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces.
- May sometimes climb to high places to complete a task.
- Must be very exact and accurate when performing the job. Errors could impact customers and the performance of geothermal systems.
- Repeat the same physical and mental tasks throughout the day.
- Occasionally must match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.
- Usually work more than 40 hours a week.
- May travel to construction sites.
- May work day, evening, or night shifts in geothermal plants.
- Work schedules are generally established.