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Hydroelectric Plant Technicians - 51-8013.04

O*NET-SOC Description

Monitor and control activities associated with hydropower generation. Operate plant equipment, such as turbines, pumps, valves, gates, fans, electric control boards, and battery banks. Monitor equipment operation and performance and make necessary adjustments to ensure optimal performance. Perform equipment maintenance and repair as necessary.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Hydro Plant Technician
  • Hydro Technician
  • Hydroelectric Mechanic
  • Hydroelectric Operations and Maintenance Technician (Hydro O and M Technician)
  • Hydroelectric Plant Technician
  • Operations and Maintenance Technician (O and M Technician)
  • Plant Mechanic
  • Power Plant Mechanic
  • Power Plant Operator
  • Power Plant Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-8000 Plant and System Operators
51-8010 Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers
51-8013.00 Power Plant Operators
51-8013.04 Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

Related Occupations


  • Change oil, hydraulic fluid, or other lubricants to maintain condition of hydroelectric plant equipment.
  • Communicate status of hydroelectric operating equipment to dispatchers or supervisors.
  • Connect metal parts or components in hydroelectric plants by welding, soldering, riveting, tapping, bolting, bonding, or screwing.
  • Cut, bend, or shape metal for applications in hydroelectric plants, using equipment such as hydraulic benders or pipe threaders.
  • Erect scaffolds, platforms, or hoisting frames to access hydroelectric plant machinery or infrastructure for repair or replacement.
  • Identify or address malfunctions of hydroelectric plant operational equipment, such as generators, transformers, or turbines.
  • Implement load or switching orders in hydroelectric plants, in accordance with specifications or instructions.
  • Inspect water-powered electric generators or auxiliary equipment in hydroelectric plants to verify proper operation or to determine maintenance or repair needs.
  • Install or calibrate electrical or mechanical equipment, such as motors, engines, switchboards, relays, switch gears, meters, pumps, hydraulics, or flood channels.
  • Lift and move loads, using cranes, hoists, and rigging, to install or repair hydroelectric system equipment or infrastructure.
  • Maintain logs, reports, work requests, or other records of work performed in hydroelectric plants.
  • Maintain or repair hydroelectric plant electrical, mechanical, or electronic equipment, such as motors, transformers, voltage regulators, generators, relays, battery systems, air compressors, sump pumps, gates, or valves.
  • Monitor hydroelectric power plant equipment operation and performance, adjusting to performance specifications, as necessary.
  • Operate high voltage switches or related devices in hydropower stations.
  • Operate hydroelectric plant equipment, such as turbines, pumps, valves, gates, fans, electric control boards, or battery banks.
  • Perform preventive or corrective containment or cleanup measures in hydroelectric plants to prevent environmental contamination.
  • Perform tunnel or field inspections of hydroelectric plant facilities or resources.
  • Splice or terminate cables or electrical wiring in hydroelectric plants.
  • Start, adjust, or stop generating units, operating valves, gates, or auxiliary equipment in hydroelectric power generating plants.
  • Take readings and record data, such as water levels, temperatures, or flow rates.
  • Test and repair or replace electrical equipment, such as circuit breakers, station batteries, cable trays, conduits, or control devices.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Assemble electromechanical or hydraulic systems.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Maintain sustainable energy production equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Operate energy production equipment.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Solder parts or workpieces.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Hydroelectric-Station Operator