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– Power Technologies

What do powerplant operators, distributors, and dispatchers do?

Control and work on the systems that generate and distribute electric power. Nuclear power reactor operators control nuclear reactors, adjust control rods, and monitor reactors, turbines, generators, and cooling systems. Power distributors and dispatchers control the flow of electricity as it travels from generating stations to substations and users. Power plant operators control, operate, and maintain machinery that is used to generate electricity.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Control power-generating equipment, which may use any one type of fuel, such as coal, nuclear power, or natural gas
  • Read charts, meters, and gauges to monitor voltage and electricity flows
  • Check equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems
  • Adjust controls to regulate the flow of power
  • Start or stop generators, turbines, and other equipment as necessary

Job Outlook:

Overall employment of powerplant operators, distributors, and dispatchers is projected to decline 16 percent from 2019 to 2029.

More information: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/power-plant-operators-distributors-and-dispatchers.htm

Median Annual Pay

$41.32 | Hourly


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