Power plant operators control, inspect, operate, and maintain machinery to generate electric power. They work with boilers, generators, turbines, reactors and other machines to maintain power production. They use a meters, gauges, and other tools to monitor and measure performance, record their findings, and adjust processes as necessary.
To become a power plant operator requires at least a high school diploma and a few months to one year of on-the-job training. Some employers may require additional certifications or apprenticeships. Power plant operators earn approximately $38.27 an hour.