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