DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
51-8013 Power Plant Operators
Occupational Description:Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators. Excludes “Nuclear Power Reactor Operators" (51-8011).
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists||460||$20.81/hr||N/A|
|Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers||170||$19.57/hr||N/A|
|Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators||70||$27.36/hr||N/A|
|Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||N/A||$20.43/hr||N/A|
|Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers||N/A||$17.27/hr||N/A|
|Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic||N/A||$19.40/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Power Plant Operators
- Operates or controls machinery that generates electric power, using control boards or semiautomatic equipment.
- Examines and tests electrical power distribution machinery and equipment, using testing devices.
- Maintains and repairs electrical power distribution machinery and equipment, using hand tools.
- Compiles and records operational data on specified forms.
- Adjusts controls on equipment to generate specified electrical power.
- Monitors control and switchboard gauges to determine electrical power distribution meets specifications.
- Tends portable or stationary high pressure boilers that supply heat or power for engines , turbines, and steam-powered equipment.
- Replenishes electrolyte in batteries and oil in voltage transformers and resets tripped electric relays.
- Reads gauges to verify that units are operating at specified capacity, and listens for sounds warning of mechanical malfunction.
- Assists in making electrical repairs.
- Cleans and lubricates equipment and collects oil, water, and electrolyte samples for laboratory analysis to prevent equipment failure or deterioration,
- Tightens leaking gland and pipe joints and reports need for major equipment repairs.
- Opens and closes valves and switches in sequence upon signal from other worker to start or shut down auxiliary units.