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Career Pathways

Welcome to the Career Pathways section of the Hydropower STEM portal. This database of day-in-the-life professional profiles and case studies is available to help educators learn and teach about hydropower. We want to make it easy for educators at all levels to quickly find these materials that will help energize students around a hydro-powered future and related concepts.

Explore hydropower career pathways by clicking on Resource Type and/or Career Type below and selecting from the drop-down menus. You can also search by keyword.

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STEM Career: Operation and Maintenance Manager

Career: operation and maintenance
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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STEM Career: Compliance Specialist

Career: compliance specialist
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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STEM Career: Hydro Plant Engineering Manager

Career: engineer, manager
Source: Chelan PUD
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STEM Career: Hydropower Project Superintendent

Career: project superintendent
Source: Snohomish County Public Utility District
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STEM Career: Hydropower Biologist

Career: hydropower biologist
Source: Snohomish County Public Utility District
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The Other Four-Year Degree: Lineworker Jeff Berry

Career: lineworker
Source: Seattle City Light
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The Other Four-Year Degree: Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Program

Career: lineworker
Source: Seattle City Light
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The Other Four-Year Degree: Cable Splicer

Career: cable splicer
Source: Seattle City Light
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We Power Seattle - A Family Tradition

Career: crew chief, lineworker
Source: Seattle City Light
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We Power Seattle - Working at the Skagit Hydroelectric Project

Career: crew chief
Source: Seattle City Light
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We Power Seattle - Our Partnership with the Pacific Science Center

Career: senior energy management analyst
Source: Seattle City Light
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Hot Shots and Hot Jobs: Powering up with Renewable Energy

Career: engineer, groundman, biologist
Source: GetIntoEnergy
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I Got Into Energy: OGE, West Penn Power

Career: environmental compliance analyst, transmission substation engineer, lineworker
Source: GetIntoEnergy
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Energizing Careers at Consumers Energy

Career: drone pilot, customer service specialist, engineer, lineworker, welder, manager
Source: GetIntoEnergy Michigan
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Best Dam Job: 14 PNNL Researchers Share Their Role in Advancing Hydropower

Career: biologist, materials scientist, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, cybersecurity engineer, earth scientist
Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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Working for Yuba Water Agency

Career: hydrographer, analyst, administrative assistant, contracts specialist, mechanical engineer, compliance specialist
Source: Yuma Water Agency
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Power Plant Operator

Career: power plant operator
Source: Center of Excellence for Clean Energy
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Hydro Mechanic Diver

Career: hydro mechanic diver
Source: Center of Excellence for Clean Energy
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Engineering Technician

Career: engineering technician
Source: Center of Excellence for Clean Energy
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Renewable Energy Technician

Career: renewable energy technician
Source: Center of Excellence for Clean Energy
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Bear Swamp Case Study: Measuring Inside a Hydroelectric Plant with the FARO Laser Tracker

Career: case study
Source: Brookfield Renewable
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