Plant Work Careers
You might enjoy a career in plant work if you:
- Have superior mechanical skills.
- Don't want to move to a large city to earn an excellent salary.
- Don't mind shift work.
- Are good team players.
- Pay attention to details.
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:
- Machine tool
- Electrical power technology
- Power processing
- Industry mechanics
- Electronic technology
- Plant technology
Here are some schools in this area that offer specialized programs to prepare for working in an electrical power plant:
Bismarck State College
(electric power technology, power plant technology, and power processing)
North Dakota State College of Science
(electronics, electrical technology)
Lake Area Technical Institute
- Paid vacation
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Educational reimbursement
- Retirement benefits
- Job stability with opportunities for advancement
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||2 years||$60,000 – $70,000|
|Control room operator||5 – 8 years||$76,000 – $84,000|
|Electrical technician||2 – 8 years||$57,000 – $77,000|
|Welder||2 – 6 years||$63,000 – $70,000|
|Yard/equipment operator||1 – 3 years||$60,000 – $67,000|