Hydroelectric Station Operator

Control electrical generating units and related equipment.
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Salary Range
$41,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hydroelectric Station Operators do?

Controls electrical generating units and related mechanical and hydraulic equipment at hydroelectric-generating station: Operates switchboard and manually operated controls to control water wheels, generators, and auxiliary hydroelectric-generating station equipment and distribute power output among generating units, according to power demands [SWITCHBOARD OPERATOR]. Operates feeder switchboard to control distribution of electric power over feeder circuits between generating station and substations [FEEDER-SWITCHBOARD OPERATOR]. Records control-board meter and gauge readings, inspects operating equipment, and notifies HYDROELECTRIC-STATION OPERATOR, CHIEF of conditions indicating abnormal equipment operation. May perform minor maintenance on equipment, such as replacing generator brushes, cleaning insulators, and lubricating machines.

Should I be a Hydroelectric Station Operator?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Hydro Station Operator, Station Tender

    How to Become a
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