South Africa’s energy system is dominated by large-scale coal operations. Global and local pressure is however prompting a move towards cleaner power production to sustain the country’s economic and domestic needs. Hydropower, energy generated from moving water, is being explored as a viable alternative to burning fossil fuels. South Africa currently has a mix of small hydroelectricity stations that contributes 2.2% electrical power to the national grid with the potential to produce more
Hydro power plant controllers work in small teams with other plant personnel and supervisors and work between electrical control rooms and the power plant floor. They can be required to work long hours and wear protective clothing.
A technical understanding of electricity generation equipment and processes is required by hydropower plant controllers, coupled with:
Operate and control hydro power systems and equipment
Monitor equipment and troubleshoot when challenges arise
Clean and maintain equipment to prevent failure and deterioration
Complete station records, logs and reports
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Electrical Engineering specialising in Process Control at CPUT, MUT, VUT and WSU
Hydro power plant controllers could benefit from a National Certificate in Hydro Power Plant Process Control Operations at National Qualifications Framework Level 2 to 4, accredited by Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority. However, most training takes place on the job with mentoring by an experienced mentor.
Hydro power generation plants.