Power Plant Operators


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-15.5% (decline)


What Power Plant Operators Do

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

Other Job Titles Power Plant Operators May Have

Auxiliary Operator, Control Operator, Control Room Operator, Plant Control Operator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
  • Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels.
  • Control or maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, or chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power.
  • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.

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