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POWER PLANT OPERATORS
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Occupation Description:
 
  Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators. Excludes “Nuclear Power Reactor Operators” (51-8011).
 
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  Specialized Occupations:
 
 
  * Biomass Plant Technicians (ONET code: 51-8013.03)
 
  * Hydroelectric Plant Technicians (ONET code: 51-8013.04)
 
Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
  • Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels.
  • Control or maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, or chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power.
  • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.
  • Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary.
  • Open and close valves and switches in sequence to start or shut down auxiliary units.
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Long-term on-the-job training (more than 12 months)
 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $89,928.00 $43.24 $30.17 $36.00 - $50.83
Bridgeport/Stamford $102,225.00 $49.15 $34.55 $40.83 - $60.81
Hartford $84,820.00 $40.78 $28.81 $31.07 - $49.21
New Haven $97,648.00 $46.95 $35.34 $38.97 - $58.30
New London/Norwich $71,795.00 $34.52 $25.32 $30.16 - $39.44
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2020 2030
State of Connecticut 330 320 0% 30
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, and the number of annual openings will offer limited job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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