Power Plant Operator

Power plant operators are responsible for the switching on and off, and maintenance, of electricity generators. All the equipment necessary for this process is linked to a central control room.

Power plant operators control the complex generation and auxiliary equipment and need to ensure that the equipment is always in a working condition. They also monitor and record the electricity generation processes.

They supervise the delivery of coal, with which steam is created in order to propel turbines that generate electricity. They also monitor the operation of the steam and turbo power generators. In more senior positions power plant operators may control the functioning of the coal, water cooling, ash and hydrogen generator installations. The senior member in a power station controls the production of electricity by synchronising the operations of the various sections.

Power plant operators work their shifts in modern, air-conditioned and soundproof offices.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy working in a team
  • observe safety rules
  • responsible and careful worker
  • good judgement
  • work well under pressure
  • able to give and follow instructions
  • good vision and an eye for detail
  • able to concentrate for long periods

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

National Senior Certificate or N3 Certificate

What to Study

Power plant operators receive intensive in-service training for a period of six months in all the basic skills needed for the work. Training is received in basic power plant installation, boilers, turbines, installation safety measures and high voltage regulations.


  • Eskom
  • large municipalities

Further Information

Career Marketing
P O Box 1090
Johannesburg, 2000

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a power plant
  • arrange to speak to a power plant operator about this type of career

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