Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

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Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

Hydroelectric Plant Technicians - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, hydroelectric plant technicians:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They communicate by phone, e-mail, and in person on a daily basis.
  • Write letters and memos on a monthly basis.
  • Usually work as part of a team.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
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  • Are responsible for the work done by other technicians.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work indoors and outdoors. Indoor locations may not have heating or cooling.
  • May use a car, truck, or van while on the job.
  • Work physically close to others, such as when sharing office space or working on equipment together.
  • Are exposed to loud sounds and noise levels on a daily basis.
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  • Often work in very bright or dim lighting conditions.
  • Are regularly exposed to contaminants.
  • Often get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces.
  • Sometimes must climb to high places to perform job duties.
  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous conditions and equipment. Minor cuts may occur.
  • Always wear safety and protective equipment.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact and accurate when performing the job. Mistakes can be costly.
  • Regularly make decisions that strongly impact their organization and coworkers. They may check in with managers first, but often must make decisions about equipment in the moment.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals independently.
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  • Work in a moderately stressful environment.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines.


  • Work a set schedule.
  • Usually work full-time.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.