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.

Source: O*Net OnLine using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Learn about the Power Utility Technician degree

Similar Job Titles

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

Median Pay:

$33.69 hourly; $70,070 annually