Power Plant Operators control power plants and the flow of electricity from plants to substations. Substations distribute electricity to businesses, homes, and factories. Electricity is generated from many sources, including coal, gas, nuclear energy, hydroelectric energy, and wind and solar power. They use control boards to distribute power among generators and regulate their output. They monitor instruments to maintain voltage and electricity flows from the plant to meet consumer demand for electricity—demand that fluctuates throughout the day.
A general mechanical knowledge is needed in this industry. You must be familiar with how to operate, repair, and maintain equipment. Power plant operators must be careful, attentive, and persistent. You will need to find and quickly solve problems that arise with equipment or controls.
Associates Degree or On the Job Training