Power Plant Operators


Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.
Also called: Auxiliary Operator, Control Operator, Control Room Operator, Operations and Maintenance Technician (O & M Technician)

Knowledge:

    Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • talking to others
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
    Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence

Technology:

    Industrial control software
  • Distributed control system DCS
  • General Electric Mark VI Distributed Control System DCS
    Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
    Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education:

    high school diploma/GED
    certificate after high school

Work-Environment:

The largest employers of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers were as follows:
Power plant operators 34,900%
Power distributors and dispatchers 11,700%
Nuclear power reactor operators 6,400%

Pay:

The median annual wage for power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers was $83,020 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $49,580, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $113,250.
Nuclear power reactor operators $94,350
Power distributors and dispatchers $86,410
Power plant operators $79,610
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