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Geothermal Technicians
District Of Columbia

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Perform technical activities at power plants or individual installations necessary for the generation of power from geothermal energy sources. Monitor and control operating activities at geothermal power generation facilities and perform maintenance and repairs as necessary. Install, test, and maintain residential and commercial geothermal heat pumps.

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Currently Employed: 150

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $12.87 - $27.96

Typical Annual Salary: $26,800 - $58,200

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Identify and correct malfunctions of geothermal plant equipment, electrical systems, instrumentation, or controls.
  • Monitor and adjust operations of geothermal power plant equipment or systems.
  • Adjust power production systems to meet load and distribution demands.
  • Collect and record data associated with operating geothermal power plants or well fields.
  • Prepare and maintain logs, reports, or other documentation of work performed.
  • Install and maintain geothermal plant electrical protection equipment.
  • Maintain, calibrate, or repair plant instrumentation, control, and electronic devices in geothermal plants.
  • Maintain electrical switchgear, process controls, transmitters, gauges, and control equipment in accordance with geothermal plant procedures.
  • Determine whether emergency or auxiliary systems will be needed to keep properties heated or cooled in extreme weather conditions.
  • Test water sources for factors such as flow volume and contaminant presence.

tools & technology

  • Coiled tubing units
  • Compactors
  • Land drilling rigs
  • Screwdrivers
  • Track excavators

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Industrial control software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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