• Power Plant Operators
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 76,820
    $49,810 range bar $108,730
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers control the systems that generate and distribute electric power.

What do they typically do

  • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment
  • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations
  • Communicate with systems operators to regulate and coordinate line voltages and transmission loads and frequencies
  • Regulate equipment operations and conditions, such as water levels, based on instrument data or data from computers
  • Open and close valves and switches in sequence to start or shut down auxiliary units
  • Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels
  • Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary
  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -1.5%
Job Openings 55

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA
Private Training Programs

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