Plant Operators are in charge of operating and controlling the equipment that generates power in coal, nuclear, gas and other power plants.
Plant Operator Skills:
- 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 substations.
- Operate or control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, and reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.
- Regulate equipment operations and conditions such as water levels, based on data from recording and indicating instruments or from computers.
- Take readings from charts, meters and gauges at established intervals, and take corrective steps as necessary.
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).