Hydro Mechanic Diver

What do they do?

Hydro Divers are responsible for maintaining, repairing, replacing and testing mechanical equipment primarily at hydro dams. The mechanics make periodic inspections and perform preventative maintenance tasks in an effort to prevent unexpected breakdowns. The generation mechanics posse a multitude of skills ranging from hydro turbine repair, fish ladder maintenance, pump repair, welding, machining, rigging, fabrication, hard hat diving, and crane operation of mobile or bridge cranes.

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Career path

The generation mechanic apprentice requires 6000 hours (3-years) of on-the-job training + an additional minimum classroom time of 144 hours per year. After completing the apprenticeship program, one becomes a Journey Level Generation Mechanic.


The types of employers for this position are utility companies and diving contractors.


Two years trade school with technical emphasis or comparable college coursework is desired. Typically requires six months work history demonstrating mechanical aptitude and ability to perform physically demanding work in a construction or maintenance environment. Utility companies provide on-going training for journey level workers to keep employees current on new equipment, procedures and safety.

Educational programs

See our College Programs resource guide for energy industry educational programs.