Power Plant Operator
What It Takes
These jobs are for people who are able to see the big picture, boil down the details, and decipher the most important information from a set of data. They use control boards to distribute power among generators and regulate the output of several generators. They monitor instruments to maintain voltage and electricity flows from the plant to meet fluctuating consumer demand throughout the day.
A Mathematical Mind
Operators must learn algorithmic math and other technical topics that are essential to the job.
Power plant operators must know how to work with machines and use tools. They must be familiar with how to operate, repair, and maintain equipment.
Problem Solving Skills
Power plant operators must find and quickly solve problems that arise with equipment or controls.
Power plant operators must monitor complex controls and intricate machinery to ensure that everything is operating properly.
Power plant operators must be careful, attentive, and persistent. They must be able to concentrate on a task, such as monitoring the temperature of reactors over a certain length of time, without being distracted.
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