Skip to main content

Hydro Technician Training Program

If you like to see how complicated machinery works, maintain equipment in top condition, and learn about operations in a hydropower facility, this program may be for you. It is a paid training program lasting about 30 months that lead to the position of level III hydro technician. These technicians are trained in all aspects of the operation and maintenance of a hydro generation plant, as well as flow control of the river system and tributaries. They monitor equipment conditions and performance, accomplish preventive and minor maintenance routines, and conduct process control and failure analyses. They operate plant equipment such as turbines, pumps, valves, gates, fans, electric control boards, and battery banks.

The program consists of a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The first 16 months of training are conducted at a central training facility other than the selected worksite. Therefore, relocation and reimbursement are involved, for which TVA covers the associated costs in accordance with its policies and practices. Shift work is required as well as the ability to work overtime. Due to the remoteness of some hydro plants and other work locations, considerable time may be spent driving company vehicles to and from work sites.

The work environment involves exposure to heat, cold, dampness, grease, dirt, noise, solvents, lubrication and insulating oil, welding fumes, and dust. Temperatures range from extreme heat (105 degrees) to extreme cold (-10 degrees). Work may be performed during inclement weather (rain, snow, wind, ice, etc.).

The work is performed around rotating equipment, in electrical switchyards exposed to voltages as high as 500kV, over water, in watercraft or on floating platforms, on concrete flooring and/or open grating, on steep inclines, and on various types of ladders and scaffolding. Heights may exceed 50 feet. Work may be performed in confined spaces such as storage tanks, oil circuit breakers, and station sumps.

Safety considerations require proper personal protective equipment, including footwear, hearing protection, eye protection, hard hats, etc., and the use of respiratory protection. The employee will be trained in incipient fire fighting and may be needed for fire command duties, which require full turnout gear (SCBA included).

Physical requirements of the position include frequent lifting up to 50 pounds; occasional lifting up to 75 pounds; standing, stooping, and kneeling, occasionally for extended periods of time on concrete floors or open gratings; climbing stairs, ladders, and scaffolding; walking on uneven ground; bending, squatting, pushing, pulling, twisting, raking and shoveling; and performing work above shoulder height. The position requires S08-crane operator testing, respirator fit testing, and the ability to distinguish colors.


Current pay for the training program is as follows:

  • Period 1: $66,685
  • Period 2: $73,830
  • Period 3: $80,975
  • Period 4: $85,740
  • Period 5: $95,265

Starting salary is $66,685 and progressively increases up to $95,265 as the trainee advances through the program. Upon successful completion of the program, the trainee moves into a Hydro Technician role making $95,265.

Eligibility Factors

In order to be considered for this training program, a candidate must have two years of algebra or higher at the high school or college level and must meet one of the criteria below:

  • AAS degree in electrical/electronics engineering technology or industrial maintenance from a regionally accredited educational institution (i.e., SACS accreditation); or
  • Formal electrical craft apprenticeship; or
  • Successful completion of an electrical program from a regionally accredited vocational school (two or more years in duration); or
  • Other equivalencies such as certain military training (electrical or electronics) or completion of a certain number of college hours (which include electrical classes); or
  • Other equivalencies that are evaluated on a one-on-one basis by recruiters

Candidates who meet the qualifications for this position and who follow the process of applying may be asked to take a prequalifying test that predicts performance in training and on the job. Candidates must pass this test to be considered for an interview. Read information about the testing process.

EEO Statement

TVA is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities. Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA’s equal opportunity compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment or retaliation.

Non-U.S. residents should read TVA's citizenship policy.

Individuals interested in claiming veterans’ preference should read the information for claiming veterans’ preference.