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Geothermal Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts

Performs technical activities at power plants or individual installations necessary for the generation of power from geothermal energy sources. Monitors and controls operating activities at geothermal power generation facilities and performs maintenance and repairs as necessary. May also install, test, and maintain residential and commercial geothermal heat pumps.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Maintenance/Operations pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Identifies and corrects malfunctions of geothermal plant equipment, electrical systems, instrumentation, or controls.
  • Monitors and adjusts operations of geothermal power plant equipment or systems.
  • Adjusts power production systems to meet load and distribution demands.
  • Collects and records data associated with operating geothermal power plants or well fields.
  • Prepares and maintains logs, reports, or other documentation of work performed.
  • Installs and maintains geothermal plant electrical protection equipment.
  • Maintains, calibrates, or repairs plant instrumentation, control, and electronic devices in geothermal plants.
  • Maintains electrical switchgear, process controls, transmitters, gauges, and control equipment in accordance with geothermal plant procedures.
  • Determines whether emergency or auxiliary systems will be needed to keep properties heated or cooled in extreme weather conditions.
  • Tests water sources for factors such as flow volume and contaminant presence.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work
  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Geothermal HVAC Technician (Geothermal Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Technician) --