Power plant operators control maintain and inspect the equipment inside of power plants in order to ensure the smooth operation of the plant and the safety of all who work there. The equipment for which they are responsible controls and regulates the flow of power between stations and substations. The power plant operator keeps records of all operations and also oversees auxiliary equipment such as boilers compressors pumps condensers fans filters and water softeners. The power plant operator greases the machinery adjusts gauges adds chemicals to the water and makes minor repairs such as tightening pipe joints when necessary. When the need for a major repair is detected however the power plant operator must report it immediately so that the operation of the plant is not interrupted. The website www.ehow.com says that plant operators must have a high school diploma or the equivalent with courses in arithmetic and geometry as well as skills in English and technology. However having a degree from a vocational school or college level courses could make job applicants more marketable. Most employers provide on-the-job training and access to formal classes for their plant operators. Pay for power plant operators is heavily dependent on their work experience as well as the specific industry and company that employs them. The website www.ehow.com reports that plant operators earn an average annual salary of approximately $44000 plus they may earn overtime pay and receive bonus pay. According to the website www.payscale.com power plant operators earn between approximately $29500 and $45800 in their first year of employment. However they can earn between approximately $54500 and $87888 after they have 20 years of experience.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma & Specialized Training|
|Tasks:||Controls and maintains power plant equipment.
Detects power plant operating problems.
Performs daily safety checks.
Completes minor repairs on power plant machinery.
|Also Called:||Power Generation Plant Operator
Power Plant Safety Operator
Power Plant Safety Inspector