Power Plant Operator

What Does A Power Plant Operator Do?

Power plant operators monitor, operate, and maintain all of the systems and power-generating equipment involved in generating power at a power plant.

How Do I Become A Power Plant Operator?

A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain these positions. Completing a college program related to electrical technology would make an applicant more employable. Power plant operators will learn the job through an on-the-job apprenticeship program that will take several years to complete.

What is the Average Salary For A Power Plant Operator?

High – 105,000
Median – 78,000
Low – 48,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Power Plant Operator?

  • Science – As much as possible!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • Trade-related courses
  • Electronics
  • Communication
  • 3D Design & Printing

What Is The Work Environment For A Power Plant Operator?

Power plant operators work in the electric power industry. They generally work in a control room where constant attention is required. Because power plants work around the clock, many operators will work rotating shifts (including working throughout the night).

What Is The Future Outlook For A Power Plant Operator?

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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