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Hydroelectric Station Operator

Control electrical generating units and related equipment.

What does a Hydroelectric Station Operator 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.