Career Profile:

Hydropower Engineer


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Work type:

full-time, self-employed

Most likely to work in:

Across the province, Halifax

Most employees have:

Bachelor's Degree


Professional Engineer Certificate

What you do

Hydropower Engineering is comprehensive engineering knowledge (design, drawings, computations) of various components of a hydro-power project. As an engineer, you would study and understand all the ways water can be turned into electricity. The various components are can include Hydrology, Power Potential Studies, dam, spillways and diversion tunnels.

A Hydropower Engineer performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Project management
  • Monitor and control activities associated with hydropower generation
  • Monitor and operate plant equipment
  • Evaluation of efficiency and effectiveness of different methods of hydropower

What you need

  • Computer software skills
  • Mechanical skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Math & Physics

Who might be hiring?

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Secondary School
Options and Opportunities (O2) Program
Physics 11 and 12

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Professional Engineer Certification

After getting your Bachelor of Engineering, you will need to be admitted as an Engineer in Training (EIT) by an Association of Professional Engineers in Canada. Once you have completed 4 years of suitable work experience, you may apply to become a professional engineer.

Graduate Programs