Power Plant Operator

Career Overview

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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr
$105,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Electronics
  • Science - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
Work Environment

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).

Future Outlook

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