Occupation information for Geothermal Technicians Washington

description

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: 4,140

Projected Annual Job Openings: 510

Typical Hourly Wage: $20.20 - $31.58

Typical Annual Salary: $42,010 - $65,680

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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: No work experience

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: 1 to 12 months on-the-job training

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typical job duties
  • Adjust power production systems to meet load and distribution demands.
  • Monitor and adjust operations of geothermal power plant equipment or systems.
  • Prepare and maintain logs, reports, or other documentation of work performed.
  • Identify and correct malfunctions of geothermal plant equipment, electrical systems, instrumentation, or controls.
  • Collect and record data associated with operating geothermal power plants or well fields.
  • Calculate heat loss and heat gain factors for residential properties to determine heating and cooling required by installed geothermal systems.
  • Maintain electrical switchgear, process controls, transmitters, gauges, and control equipment in accordance with geothermal plant procedures.
  • Maintain, calibrate, or repair plant instrumentation, control, and electronic devices in geothermal plants.
  • Install and maintain geothermal plant electrical protection equipment.
  • Design and lay out geothermal heat systems according to property characteristics, heating and cooling requirements, piping and equipment requirements, applicable regulations, or other factors.
tools & technology
Tools:
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air samplers or collectors
  • Claw hammer
  • Coiled tubing units
  • Screwdrivers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Industrial control software