Plant Operator

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).

Median Annual Power Plant Operator Salary: $70,070
From O*NET 1/2016

What's the future?

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.