Geothermal Production Managers
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Geothermal production managers oversee work at geothermal power plants. They maintain and monitor geothermal equipment for efficient and safe plant operations.
Building geothermal energy systems takes many steps. Workers must dig deep trenches and wells. They install pipes, pumps, and controls. While technicians perform much of the work, production managers oversee operations and employees.
These managers spend a lot of time inspecting installations of new geothermal systems. This means they travel to different work sites. They make sure work follows the plan, the schedule, and the budget. They inspect completed work and solve problems. For example, they prevent hot water from corroding pipes and other equipment.
Once a system is completed, managers oversee daily work at the power plant and off-site locations. They monitor the systems' performance and examine all the maintenance and repair records. This includes daily logs and other reports. They ensure the plant meets safety and environmental impact standards. To maintain efficiency, they check equipment and procedures.
Managers develop budgets, timelines, and schedules. Once they secure funding, managers must negotiate with landowners, utilities, and local government officials. Whether they plan to install a new system, or change an older one, geothermal production managers obtain the necessary permits. They must also write and update reports to show the power plant complies with rules and regulations.
Geothermal production managers supervise and communicate with technicians and power plant employees. They offer technical assistance where needed. In some cases, they perform or demonstrate minor repairs themselves.
Managers must also keep records and files for large-scale projects and for daily operations.
Areas where there is a lot of volcanic activity generate more heat in the earth and thus, are ideal places for geothermal energy. However, geothermal systems can be used anywhere but they may need to be used with traditional heating and cooling sources.
- Construction and Building Inspectors
- General and Operations Managers
- Industrial Production Managers
- Power Plant Operators
Hawaii Career Pathways:
- Industrial & Engineering Technology
Analysts expect that the geothermal energy industry will continue
to grow rapidly. This is due to government incentives and increased consumer
Geothermal Production Managers, currently do not have any information pertaining to outlook.
Industrial production managers
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To work as a geothermal production manager, you must:
- have a high school diploma or GED;
- have at least a two-year degree;
- have work experience in your area;
- be self-confident and persuasive;
- have strong communication skills; and
- be able to direct and motivate people.
Geothermal production managers usually have an associate or bachelor's degree and related work experience. However, because of the specialized nature of this job, ideal candidates have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or business. A bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) is good preparation for this occupation.
In general, employers prefer to hire people who have several years of experience in the heating and cooling industry. It helps if some of your time is spent as a supervisor.
Many employers offer training specific to geothermal energy as well as the company's products and policies. The length of training varies by employer.
- Business Management and Administration
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Licensing / Certification
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Geothermal Production Managers, currently do not have any information pertaining to licensing, certification, designation or registration.
Sources of Information
- "Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future" ($19.95 paper cover, p. 368)
By Jim Cassio and Alice Rush, MA, RPCC, MCC
Publication date: 2009
New Society Publishers
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