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Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 51-8013.00
- The Mean Annual Wage in the U.S. is $ 73,800.00
- The Mean Hourly Wage is $ 35.00
- Currently, there are 35,010 people on this job
☝️ Information based on the reference occupation “Power Plant Operators”.
Also Known As…
- Power Plant Operators
- Station Operator
- Senior Power Plant Operator
- Power Plant Operator
- Plant Control Operator
- Operations and Maintenance Technician (O & M Technician)
- Multicraft Operator (MCO)
- Control Room Operator
- Control Operator
- Auxiliary Operator
- Utility Plant Operative
- Unit Operator
- Turbo Operator
- Turbo Electric Operator
- Turbine Room Attendant
- Turbine Operator
- Steam Turbine Operator
- Station Tender
- Relief Operator
- Rectifier Operator
- Production Generalist
- Process Operator
- Powerhouse Tender
- Powerhouse Operator
- Powerhouse Attendant
- Power Station Operator
- Power Plant Technician
- Power Operator
- Power Generation Technician
- Power Generating Plant Operator
- Operations and Maintenance Supervisor (O&M Supervisor)
- Operations and Maintenance Specialist (O&M Specialist)
- Instrumentation/Controls/Electrical Systems Technician (ICE Technician)
- Instrument/Control Technician
- Hydrogen Power Plant Manager
- Hydrogen Power Plant Engineer
- Hydrogen Plant Operator
- Hydrogen Plant Operations Manager
- Hydroelectric Station Operator
- Hydroelectric Plant Power Generation Engineer
- Hydroelectric Plant Operator
- Hydroelectric Operator
- Hydro Station Operator
- Hydro Plant Operator
- High Pressure Firer
- Generator Operator
- Electric Operator
- Control Center Operator
- Cogeneration Technician
- Coal Gasification Technician
- Carbon Sequestration Plant Operator
- Carbon Sequestration Plant Manager
- Carbon Sequestration Plant Engineer
- Carbon Capture Power Plant Operator
- Carbon Capture Power Plant Manager
- Carbon Capture Power Plant Engineer
- Booster Pump Operator
- Booster Plant Operator
- Booster Operator
- Auxiliary Power Equipment Operator
- Auxiliary Equipment Tender
- Assistant Plant Control Operator
Tasks for “Unit Operator”
- Clean, lubricate, or maintain equipment, such as generators, turbines, pumps, or compressors, to prevent failure or deterioration.
- Communicate with systems operators to regulate and coordinate line voltages and transmission loads and frequencies.
- Receive outage calls and request necessary personnel during power outages or emergencies.
- Operate, control, or monitor integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) or related equipment, such as air separation units, to generate electricity from coal.
- Collect oil, water, or electrolyte samples for laboratory analysis.
- Make adjustments or minor repairs, such as tightening leaking gland and pipe joints.
- Take regulatory action, based on readings from charts, meters and gauges, at established intervals.
- Record and compile operational data by completing and maintaining forms, logs, or reports.
- Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary.
- Operate, control, or monitor equipment, such as acid or gas carbon dioxide removal units, carbon dioxide compressors, and pipelines, to capture, store, or transport carbon dioxide exhaust.
- Operate, control, or monitor gasifiers or related equipment, such as coolers, water quenches, water gas shifts reactors, or sulfur recovery units, to produce syngas or electricity from coal.
- Examine and test electrical power distribution machinery and equipment, using testing devices.
- Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
- Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
- Replenish electrolytes in batteries and oil in voltage transformers, and reset tripped electric relays.
- 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.
- Regulate equipment operations and conditions, such as water levels, based on instrument data or from computers.
- Open and close valves and switches in sequence to start or shut down auxiliary units.
- Inspect records or log book entries or communicate with plant personnel to assess equipment operating status.
- Inspect thermal barrier coatings on integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) equipment for sintering, phase destabilization, or temperature variances to ensure compliance with standards and insulation efficiency.
- Place standby emergency electrical generators on line in emergencies and monitor the temperature, output, and lubrication of the system.
- Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels.
- Operate or maintain distributed power generation equipment, including fuel cells or microturbines, to produce energy on-site for manufacturing or other commercial purposes.
Related Technology & Tools
- Oil filters
- Soot blowers
- Catalytic sensors
- Wet scrubbers
- Pressure transmitters
- Self-contained breathing apparatus
- Brushless direct current DC motors
- Limit switches
- Digital readouts
- Digital panel meters
- Selective non-catalytic reactors
- Oil guns
- Vibration monitors
- Switch yard equipment
- Turbine flow meters
- Selective catalytic reactors
- Water heaters
- Water filters
- Water softeners
- Steam driven turbogenerators
- Hard hats
- Steam turbines
- Chain conveyors
- Flow meters
- Fire tube boilers
- Circulating fluidized bed CFB boilers
- Screw conveyors
- Shell and tube heat exchangers
- Flow transmitters
- Conductivity probes
- Steam gauges
- Coal dryers
- Panel boards
- Level transmitters
- Flue gas desulferization systems
- Combustion turbines
- Cooling towers
- Gas detectors
- Purge pumps
- Analog panel meters
- Gas generators
- Diesel driven generators
- Steam condensers
- Electrical switch gear
- Water gauges
- Belt conveyors
- Heat recovery steam generators
- Combustion engines
- Motor compressors
- Control boards
- Water pumps
- Geothermal binary turbines
- Dry scrubber systems
- Plate exchangers
- Excitation systems
- Vacuum pumps
- Orifice plates
- Touch screen monitors
- Boiler gauge glasses
- Mainframe computers
- Air heaters
- Unit governors
- Signal converters
- Bucket elevators
- Power transformers
- Grease guns
- Impact crushers
- Fin fan heat exchangers
- Air filtration mask
- Heat pumps
- Temperature transmitters
- Water treatment equipment
- Desktop computers
- Transformer controls
- Steam distribution systems
- Email software
- Siemens Power Plant Automation SPPA
- Safety instrumented system SIS software
- Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
- Continuous emissions monitoring systems CEMS
- Siemens Teleperm
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Office
- Yokogawa FAST/TOOLS
- General Electric Mark VI Distributed Control System DCS
- Emerson Ovation
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft Word
- Teknik Segala OSI Plant Information PI System
- General Electric Mark VI Integrated Control System ICS
- Distributed control system DCS
- Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
- Gas field monitoring system software
- Interlock shutdown systems
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft Excel