Power Plant Operators have the very important job
of making sure customers have enough electricity or gas to meet their daily
needs. If you like helping others, being a power plant operator may be the
job for you! Overall, you would be in charge of operating and controlling
the machines that generate power in coal, natural gas, nuclear and other
power plants. Skills required for Power Plant Operators:
Monitor and inspect power plant equipment and indicators to
detect evidence of operating problems.
Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power, or to
regulate the flow of power between generating stations and
Operate or control power generating equipment, including
boilers, turbines, generators, and reactors, using control boards or
Regulate equipment operations and conditions such as water
levels, based on data from recording and indicating instruments or
Take readings from charts, meters and gauges at established
intervals, and take corrective steps as necessary.
Power Plant Operators also need to:
Be curious about how things work.
Solve problems, and not be afraid to ask questions.
Concentrate for a long period of time without being distracted.
Be on your feet for long periods of time.
Work under noisy conditions (hearing protection provided).
High School Education
All entry level jobs require a High School diploma. To view a list of courses you should take in High School, click below:
Post-High School Education and Training
A two-year degree is optional. On-the-job training is required for this profession. To view a list of available degree and training programs in your area, use the Google Map locator by clicking below:
Average Annual Plant Operator Salary: $62,007 Based on national average from PayScale.com. Will vary depending on geographic location.
What's the future?
Power plant operators of the future will be at the helm of tomorrow’s cutting edge power plants generating the energy for millions of homes and businesses. From next generation nuclear power plants to clean coal technologies that significantly cut emissions, to the latest natural gas and renewable energy sources, new technologies will mean new skills for the operators who generate the power we depend on every day.