Geothermal Technician

Harness heat from deep within the Earth to warm homes.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $62,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Geothermal Technicians do?

A Geothermal Technician installs, maintains, and repairs geothermal heating and cooling systems, which are systems that capture, deliver, and distribute the earth’s heat. You see, although it doesn’t look nearly as warm or inviting as a plush down comforter, the truth is: Thanks to the earth’s core — where the temperature is 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit — the ground is a toasty place to be. So toasty, in fact, that it can heat your home — if you have a geothermal heating and cooling system.

That system typically has three main components. First, it has a loop that’s installed below the ground near the home. Next, it has a pump that circulates water through the loop to heat it, then extracts the heat. Finally, it has a distribution system that delivers the captured heat to the rest of the house.

Like a traditional Heating Technician, your main responsibility as a Geothermal Technician is putting in the heating system and connecting it to the rest of the home, then performing maintenance and repair as needed. That typically requires diagnosing problems, ordering replacement parts, and then fixing known issues.

Because geothermal is a relatively new technology, Geothermal Technicians must also take on the additional responsibility of educating customers. Geothermal heating has environmental benefits, for instance, because the systems burn no fossil fuels and generate no pollution. It also has economic benefits: Although they can be more expensive to purchase and install, geothermal systems often produce long-term savings in the form of low utility bills.

Given geothermal’s positive impact on the planet and the pocketbook, you don’t just generate heat when you’re a Geothermal Technician; you also generate peace of mind.

Should I be a Geothermal Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Geothermal Field Technician

    How to become a Geothermal Technician

    Most Geothermal Technicians have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9sbdaa&chl=no+college+%2856%25%29|certificate+%2840%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,56,56
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