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What Does a Power Plant Operator Do?

Power plant operators are a key link in the nation’s energy chain. Operators, distributors and dispatchers operate the machines that generate electricity, which is then sent to substations and eventually to homes and businesses.

The operator primarily focuses on power-generating equipment – calibrating it, reading meters and ensuring its smooth operation by manipulating the valves, switches, breakers and other components. The work environment may involve temperature extremes, crouching in small spaces to operate needed equipment and working near and on high-voltage equipment.

Most power plant operators work full time, often with rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays to accommodate the constant need for electricity.

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$ 42,000 - $ 108,000
$ 82,000
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Female power plant operator inspecting equipment
Power plant operators are detail-oriented, spending much of their time checking that equipment is running properly. (Credit: FrameStockFootages /Shutterstock)
Job Responsibilities
  • Check pressure, valves, temperatures and vibrations on equipment
  • Monitor power-generating equipment fueled by coal, gas, nuclear energy, hydroelectric energy, wind or solar power.
  • Log operational data and compile reports
  • Disconnect equipment from circuitry and restart when needed
  • Perform maintenance on machines to ensure they don’t break down
  • Ensure constant electricity to help prevent blackouts
Education + Training

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required. The majority of the training for this position happens on the job, but some employers may prefer an applicant with a technical school background. Previous military experience, strong math skills and a mechanical aptitude are helpful.

Many jobs require background checks and drug and alcohol screenings because of the nature of the work. Those specializing in nuclear power are trained on site to earn licensing credentials.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Have strong problem-solving skills
  • Are detailed-oriented
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have sharp observational skills
  • Are mechanically inclined

Power Plant Operator Training in Your Area

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Three Rivers College logo

Power Plant Technician, Certificate

Three Rivers College
Poplar Bluff (292.5 Miles)
Black Hawk College logo

Power Plant Operations Certificate of Completion (Online)

Black Hawk College
Moline (413.5 Miles)
Red Rocks Community College logo

Power Technology, A.A.S.

Red Rocks Community College
Lakewood (543.9 Miles)
Milwaukee Area Technical College logo

Boiler Operator Certificate

Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee (581.7 Miles)
Milwaukee Area Technical College logo

Power Engineering and Boiler Operator Technical Diploma

Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee (581.7 Miles)
Nunez Community College logo

Certificate of Technical Studies, Process Technology Support Technician

Nunez Community College
Chalmette (593.8 Miles)
Nunez Community College logo

Associate of Applied Science, PTEC

Nunez Community College
Chalmette (593.8 Miles)
Nunez Community College logo

Technical Diploma, Process Technology

Nunez Community College
Chalmette (593.8 Miles)
Bismarck State College logo

Power Generation Technology, A.A.S.

Bismarck State College
Bismarck (721.2 Miles)
Bismarck State College logo

Power Generation Technology Certificate

Bismarck State College
Bismarck (721.2 Miles)
Bay de Noc Community College logo

Power Plant Operations Certificate of Completion (Online)

Bay de Noc Community College
Escanaba (747.2 Miles)
West Virginia University at Parkersburg logo

Chemical and Polymer Operator Technology Certificate of Applied Science

West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Parkersburg (784.8 Miles)

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