Focusing on energy efficiency, Plant Operators have the very important job of making sure customers have enough electricity or gas to meet their daily needs. As a Plant Operator, you will:
Average salary*: $37,773
Education: High School Diploma
Testing: Pre-employment testing is typically required. Many companies require a passing score on the industry exams before being considered for employment. Topics focus on spatial ability, math concepts, mechanical reasoning and reading comprehension.
Average salary*: $67,687
Education: Special training with company. An Associate’s degree may be beneficial
Required years of experience: Two to four years
Certificates and or licenses: May require a two-year apprenticeship
Things you’ll do: Keep energy regulated. Generate adequate electricity based on demand, or meet natural gas customers’ needs. Prepare reports of unusual incidents or problems.
Average salary*: $81,904
Education: Bachelor’s degree required
Years of experience: Ten years
Things you’ll do: Inspect records and log book entries to determine the efficiency in which the plant is operating. Determine schedules and work activities of team members. Discuss with team members how well they are doing on the job and provide feedback, as necessary. Communicate effectively with others including team members, bosses, and management. Deal with potentially stressful situations.
Annual Salary Range*: $37k-81k
High school to Associate’s degree
If you like: problem solving, teamwork, keeping equipment in top condition