Life as a Power Plant Operator


At MIAT, we teach the basics of energy production and distribution from instructors with experience in the industry. After completing training in the Energy Technician program, our students are prepared to begin an entry-level energy career of their choice.

Thinking about starting a career as a power plant operator?

Power plant operators manage the systems that generate, maintain and send out electric power. As a society still heavily reliant on electricity, we need knowledgeable and skilled technicians to control power plants and direct the flow of electricity from those plants into homes, schools, workplaces and other structures in need of power.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a power plant operator typically performs the following tasks, among others:

  • Controls boilers, electric turbines, reactors and other electricity-producing equipment
  • Monitors equipment and takes note of any defections or malfunctions
  • Regulates power flow
  • Observes meters and gauges to make sure the systems are meeting voltage and efficiency standards
  • Powers up and shuts down equipment as directed

Power plant operators generally work with one main source of electricity, including but not limited to:

  • Coal
  • Gas
  • Nuclear energy
  • Hydroelectric energy
  • Wind power
  • Solar power

Electricity must run constantly – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – which means that power plant employees usually put in long, demanding hours. They can expect rotating shifts, depending on seniority and staffing situations.

Contact MIAT for more information regarding power plant operators and the Energy Technician program.

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Energy Technology Programs at MIAT
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