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Operations and Maintenance Training Programs

As the nation’s largest public power provider, TVA has opportunities for growth and advancement in its operations and maintenance areas. TVA has 11 fossil plants, three nuclear plants, 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 combustion turbine sites, one pumped-storage facility, and 15,900 circuit miles of transmission line. (Learn more about TVA’s power system.)

To operate this vast system, TVA needs operators, mechanical and electrical technicians, instrument mechanics, and linemen, to name a few. In fact, these positions are so critical to the reliable and safe operation of our facilities that TVA has entry-level training classes to train employees in the duties of these positions. TVA careers offer competitive compensation as well as other benefits (see Why TVA).

If you enjoy maintaining electrical or mechanical systems, you may be interested in one of these career opportunities. TVA periodically offers the following entry-level training programs:

Fossil, hydro, and nuclear training

Student Generating Plant Operator

Instrument Mechanic

Electrical Technician

Mechanical Technician

Hydro Technician

Combustion Turbine Technician and Combined Cycle Operations Technician

Transmission/power supply training


Lineman Apprentice

Electrician Apprentice

Program Availability

To be considered and apply for these positions, a job posting for that position will be listed with our other job openings.  If there are none listed, there are no opportunities at this time.

Candidates who meet the qualifications for these positions and who follow the process of applying may be asked to take a prequalifying test that predicts performance in training and on the job. Candidates must meet the eligibility factors for the position and pass the prequalifying test to be considered for an interview. Read information about the testing process.

For a list of current openings for TVA’s training classes, see Search for Jobs.

EEO Statement

TVA is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities. Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA’s Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.


Non-U.S. residents should read TVA's Citizenship Policy.


Individuals interested in claiming veterans’ preference should read the Information for Claiming Veterans’ Preference.


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Central Joint Training Committee Waiver for consideration on TVA trainee openings (internal TVA applicants only)




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