Power plant operators monitor, operate, and maintain all of the systems and power-generating equipment involved in generating power at a power plant.
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.
There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.
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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).
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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