To work as a hydroelectric plant technician, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete an apprenticeship program or long-term on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Many hydroelectric plant technicians learn their skills through an apprenticeship training program. Admission to apprenticeship programs is competitive. To apply for an apprenticeship, you must:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- be at least 18 years old; and
- be in good physical condition.
Apprenticeship programs usually consist of four years of on-the-job training. You are paid for the time you spend on the job. In addition, each year you receive at least 144 hours of classroom training.
To learn about specific apprenticeship opportunities in your area, consult the US Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Information website.
You can prepare for an apprenticeship by taking courses at a professional-technical or two-year school. Courses in general math and blueprint reading prepare students to enter apprenticeship programs. However, these courses are not required to qualify for an apprenticeship.
Some hydroelectric plant technicians learn their skills informally on the job. In this case, you learn skills from an experienced worker. Training usually takes several years.