Power Plant Operator Jobs

Power Plant Operator Overview

A power plant operators are in charge of overseeing the day-to-day operations of a power plant. They must operate the equipment that produces electricity as well as implement and oversee solutions to any problems that might arise. A power plant operator handles maintenance, troubleshooting and safety issues. A low level of education is required, and the career provides relatively adequate compensation. Power plant operators often work with environmental companies to find alternative forms of energy as well as more energy efficient methods of power production.

Power Plant Operator Education Requirements

Only a high school diploma is required to become a power plant operator. However, long-term, on-the-job training is usually provided. An operator would not start out in their position but would work their way up from an entry level job. An eye for detail and critical thinking abilities are essential. Due to the sometimes dangerous nature of the work, it is important to be well trained in safety procedures and communication skills.

Power Plant Operator Job Market

The job availability for power plant operators is expected to drop by 11 percent by 2022. Despite the significant drop, roughly 1,290 jobs are still expected to open annually because of upward movement and replacement. Both prior experience working in a power plant and keeping an eye on new facilities can be beneficial in obtaining a job. All types of power plants, from hydroelectric to nuclear, employ power plant operators.

Power Plant Operator Salary

A power plant operator makes an average hourly rate somewhere between $23 an hour to as high as $44 an hour depending upon place of employment and experience. Annual wages can reach $88,000 per year on top of benefits and bonuses.

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POWER PLANT OPERATOR The University of Wisconsin Parkside is seeking a qualified candidate for a Power Plant Operator Senior opening. This is a responsible position in a large, complex Heating and Chilling Plant, operating boilers and boiler controls, water chillers and auxiliary equipment, performing testing and preventative maintenance and repairs. Starting salary is $19.298/hour and includes an...
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Wheelabrator Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waste Management, operates 15 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power production facilities located across the United States. By generating clean, renewable energy, we are leading the way in reducing America's dependence on traditional fuels. We've been nationally r...
Company Confidential Lake Crystal, MN, 56055
1. Performs skilled work in the reconstructing, maintaining and repairing electrical systems and equipment, including substations, distributions systems, transformers, and power lines. 2. Performs skilled work in placing and removing crossarms, stringing wires, tapping wires, repairing crossarms and wires, placing and replacing insulators and setting transformers. 3. Operates and maintains a six...
Waste Management Saugus, MA
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Wheelabrator Technologies operates 15 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power production facilities located across the United States. By generating clean, renewable energy, we are leading the way in reducing America's dependence on traditional fuels. We've been nationally recognized for our positive impact on the environ...
Waste Management Lisbon, CT
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Wheelabrator Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waste Management, operates 15 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power production facilities located across the United States. By generating clean, renewable energy, we are leading the way in reducing America's dependence on traditional fuels. We've been nationally r...
Waste Management Poughkeepsie, NY
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Wheelabrator Technologies operates 15 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power production facilities located across the United States. By generating clean, renewable energy, we are leading the way in reducing America's dependence on traditional fuels. We've been nationally recognized for our positive impact on the environ...
Plant Technician PNGC Power is an electric cooperative serving the power supply needs of 14 electric distribution systems located in the Pacific Northwest region. PNGC Power, a leader in the landfill gas to energy industry, has an immediate opening in Corvallis Oregon for a Plant Technician with 3-5 years experience of operations and maintenance on stationary engine generator sets up to 1600kW, o...
Job Purpose: The plant chemical supervisor provides technical oversight and support related to all aspects of water quality compliance at the power plants. They work closely with the Production and Maintenance departments assisting in solving technical plant production and maintenance issues related to water equipment. They ensure processes and procedures required by state and federal regulations...
The McLain Group represents a client, a leader in the commercial nuclear power industry, with an immediate need for a nuclear power plant Manager, Nuclear Engineer – Reactor & Primary Systems in the Southeast. Our client offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits and promotes the development and success of their employees. Description: Provide supervisory oversight for the reactor engin...
IMMEDIATE NEED: for a Sales Manager with 5+ years business development & B2B sales experience. Background should include developing and closing sales in the Power Generation industry. Will be driving the business development and marketing activities necessary to facilitate growth and achieve the sales targets for the North American region. Knowledge of Vibration and vibration analysis is an advant...
Power Plant Operator (PPO) Req ID: 2015-14498 Location Name: NRG Morgantown Generating Plant Category: Operations State/City: US-MD-Newburg Type: Full Time Hourly # Openings: 1 Details About this Career Opportunity: Overview: NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength of the nation’s ...
Coal Equipment Operator Red Hills Power Plant Ackerman, MS Job Summary As a Coal Equipment Operator you will be responsible for inspecting, operating and monitoring coal conveyor systems; fuel transfer and supply lines and associated equipment; collect and prepare fuel samples; prepare and complete documentation for these procedures. JOB REQUIREMENTS Education Requirements High School or GE...
Waste Management Westville, NJ
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Other Possible Location: N/A Job Schedule: N/A Job Shift: Rotating Hours Pay: N/A Travel: None Relocation: N/A Employee Referral Amount: 500 Wheelabrator Technologies operates 15 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power production facilities located across the United States. By generating clean, renewable energy, w...
Plant Operator - Maintenance Technician / Power Gen - Livonia, MI (#933 - MH524) Well respected Energy Company has an IMMEDIATE NEED for a Plant Operator / Maintenance Technician at a Power Generation facility. This is a direct hire position in the Livonia, MI area. All interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this great opportunity. Responsibilities: -Act as Plant Operat...
Freeport-McMoRan
Job Description: Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S.- based natural resource company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, oil and gas. The Company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry and is the worldâ...
Freeport-McMoRan Copper Gold Inc Chino, NM
Description Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S.- based natural resource company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, oil and gas. The Company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry and is the world’s lar...
This position is located at the Franklin, Va Mill and is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the pulp mill and power plant operations for a designated shift including safety, environmental control, quality, production, costs, and employee relations. Areas of responsibility include Power & Recovery, Caustic, Pulp Mill, Bleach Plant and Woodyard. Responsibilities: Leads safety acti...
General Information Benefits Supplemental Questions The City of Ames' Electric Services Department is currently conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In additi...
Waste Management Peekskill, NY
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Wheelabrator Technologies operates 15 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power production facilities located across the United States. By generating clean, renewable energy, we are leading the way in reducing America's dependence on traditional fuels. We've been nationally recognized for our positive impact on the environ...
Waste Management Frackville, PA
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Other Possible Location: N/A Job Schedule: N/A Job Shift: 1st Shift Pay: N/A Travel: None Relocation: N/A Employee Referral Amount: 500 Wheelabrator Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waste Management, operates 17 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power production facilities located across the United State...

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Power Plant Technician

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$37,440.00 - $94,000.00
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Some College Coursework Completed
28.9%
Associates
26.7%
Bachelor's
17.8%
High School
15.6%
Master's
6.7%
Certification
2.2%
Vocational
2.2%
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