Power Plant Operator

Job description

Power plant operators, distributors and dispatchers control or maintain power generating equipment including boilers, turbines, generators or reactors using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.

They adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations. Power plant operators read charts, meters and gauges to monitor voltage and electricity flows, in addition to checking equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.

They start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines or other power plant equipment as necessary, in addition to controlling and maintaining pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters and chlorinators.

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Similar Job Titles

  • Auxiliary Equipment Operator
  • Power Plant Distributor
  • Power Plant Dispatcher

Median Pay:

$38.67 hourly; $80,440 annually

Salary Range:

The lowest 10 percent earned less than $49,210, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $108,240.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/power-plant-operators-distributors-and-dispatchers.htm (visited June 19, 2018).