Energy and energy efficiency technologies are driving significant economic growth in the United States. In recent years, these industries generated 8.5 million new jobs nationally.
Nevada is rapidly becoming a leader in the clean energy industry. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, Nevada ranks first in solar resources. The state is also the largest producer of geothermal energy per capita in the nation and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development lists energy as a key industry targeted for development and growth in the coming decade. Expansion of the energy sector, however, depends on the availability of skilled technicians.
TMCC offers the only comprehensive Energy Technologies technician training program in Nevada. Our AAS degree emphasizes clean energy technologies – geothermal, solar, and wind – and provides classroom instruction enhanced with hands-on training developed with the input of industry professionals.
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Geothermal Plant Operators control and monitor geothermal power production, injection wells, pumps, vaporizers, condensers, turbines, generators, and auxiliary equipment used in power plants. They regulate the output from several generators, and monitor instruments to maintain voltage and regulate electricity flow from the plant. Computers are used to generate reports, maintain records, and track maintenance. Geothermal Plant Operators generally need a combination of higher education, on-the-job training, and experience. Geothermal Plant Operators also need strong mechanical, electrical, technical, and computer skills.
Graduates of this program will demonstrate the ability to:
Additionally, graduates will have a respect for diversity and life-long learning; understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities; and have a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
A Geothermal Power Plant Operator may advance with additional experience, training, and technical study to Senior Power Plant Operator, Shift Supervisor, and other plant management positions. Recommended High School Subjects: Two years of algebra, one year of science, and one year of computer literacy.