PLANT OPERATIONS

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

CAREER DETAILS

Salary: $53,000 – $107,000

Education: Community College/On-the-Job Training

  • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
  • Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels.
  • Control or maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, or chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power.
  • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.

*This list of tasks may not encompass all tasks that may be applicable to this job.

Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

*This list of skills may not encompass all tasks that may be applicable to this job.

Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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