Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

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Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

Hydroelectric Plant Technicians - Overview

Hydroelectric plant technicians monitor hydroelectric plant equipment.

Hydroelectric plant technicians make adjustments to ensure the correct amount of water flows through valves and gates to produce the correct amount of power. They work with machines such as turbines, pumps, valves, gates, fans, electric control boards, and battery banks.

Technicians perform regular check-ups on equipment and make repairs. If necessary, they install new equipment. They maintain records of how the plant performs, what parts they maintain, and any repairs they make. They regularly talk with supervisors and other technicians about problems with equipment, or how equipment is running.

Hydroelectric technicians perform different tasks on the job, including:

  • Welding
  • Working on high voltage systems
  • Operating forklifts or cranes to lift heavy loads
  • Using scaffolds, ropes, and ladders to inspect dam and water tunnels
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.