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Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Hyrodroelectric plant technicians usually have apprenticeship or internship experience while in school and receive on-the-job training in their first year with a hydroelectric power generating facility. The job requires mechanical and electrical skills, mathematical abilities, engineering and technology knowledge, and a solid understanding of safety and security regulations for operating hydroelectric production equipment and systems. Technicians must be able to identify problems and come up with appropriate solutions. Near vision is required for looking at details up close. Being accurate or exact is essential for taking and recording accurate readings on equipment operations. Technicians must be detail oriented, have strong communication skills, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Those who do best in this type of work are analytical thinkers who are dependable, honest, and ethical.

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