Power Plant Operators:

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

Also includes

Biomass Plant Technicians , Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $69,730.00
Average Time to Fill 37 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 767
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) -16.93 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Following Directions

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Controlling Machines and Processes

Operate high energy linear accelerator
Operate high voltage apparatus
Operate nuclear power equipment
Energize/de-energize electrical equipment
Operate power generation equipment
Operate gas or petroleum distribution equipment
Operate energy distribution equipment
Operate auxiliary power plant equipment
Prepare plant for startup and/or shutdown
Control operation of compressors
Operate pneumatic tools
Operate power or hand tools in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Operate power driven pumps, equipment, or systems

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Prepare equipment for maintenance
Lubricate production equipment
Maintain manufacturing or production equipment
Maintain sustainable energy production equipment
Repair production equipment or tools
Overhaul power-generating equipment or machinery
Repair mechanical equipment or machinery
Clean production equipment
Clean industrial, production, or manufacturing tools, equipment, or machinery

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Detect industrial, production, or manufacturing equipment malfunctions by listening for abnormalities
Monitor lubrication of equipment or workpieces
Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems
Monitor production or manufacturing equipment operation to detect problems
Determine air, water, steam, or fluid pressure using gauges
Monitor operating conditions
Maintain consistent production quality

Handling and Moving Objects

Install generating plant equipment
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids
Don/Doff industrial, production, or manufacturing related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Connect electrical components or equipment

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Project Management
Technical Writing / Editing
System Operation

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