You might enjoy a career in plant work if you:
Power plant workers are responsible for the administration, operation, and maintenance of electrical power plants. Plant positions typically fall into these key areas:
Operation – Control room operators who control and monitor boilers, turbines, generators, and other electrical equipment.
Maintenance – Welders, electrical technicians, control room maintenance
Administration – Plant supervisors, safety managers, trainers
Plant positions require at least a high school diploma. Workers receive on-the-job training. A technical certificate or an associate degree in a skilled area is desirable. Some of these areas include:
Consider taking the following high school classes to prepare for a plant worker career:
Here are some schools in this area that offer specialized programs to prepare for working in an electrical power plant:
Bismarck State College
North Dakota State College of Science
Lake Area Technical Institute
According to national labor statistics, annual salaries for plant workers are above average compared with jobs requiring similar education and skills.
|Job level||Experience||Annual salary*|
|Entry-level Operator||0 - 2 years||$73,000 - $80,000|
|Control Room Operator||5 - 8 years||$92,000 - $110,000|
|Electrical Technician||0 - 8 years||$69,000 - $98,000|
|Industrial Mechanic||0 - 6 years||$73,000 - $93,000|
|Yard/Equipment Operator||0 - 3 years||$73,000 - $85,000|
*Does not include overtime pay earned.