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.
Schooling & School Subjects
National Senior Certificate or N3 Certificate
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.
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