Power Generation Plant Operators operate boilers, turbogenerators and associated plant to generate electrical power.

Specialisations: Hydro-electric Station Operator, Power Generation Turbine Room Operator.

A certificate III or IV in electrical supply industry (ESI) generation (operation or systems) is needed to work as a Power Generation Plant Operator. Power Generation Plant Operators often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Tasks

  • Operates power generation plant controls to produce required load.
  • Monitors operation of power generation plant and interpreting instrument readings.
  • Authorising procedures to isolate high-voltage and low-voltage electrical apparatus and plant.
  • Writes reports and maintains records on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operations.
  • Carrying out routine operating tests.

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  • $3,082 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Power Generation Plant Operators

  • 2,200 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Power Generation Plant Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,700 in 2011 to 2,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Power Generation Plant Operators work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Manufacturing; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services79.5
Manufacturing7.9
Mining5.4
Construction2.4
Other Industries4.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePower Generation Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.231.6
VIC22.625.6
QLD18.420.0
SA6.67.0
WA20.710.8
TAS3.42.0
NT3.71.0
ACT0.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPower Generation Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.9-9.39.3
25-3414.6-22.922.9
35-4423.2-22.022.0
45-5434.3-21.621.6
55-5916.0-9.09.0
60-648.1-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPower Generation Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma21.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV61.6-21.121.1
Year 123.7-18.118.1
Year 111.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below5.1-12.512.5

A certificate III or IV in electrical supply industry (ESI) generation (operation or systems) is needed to work as a Power Generation Plant Operator. Power Generation Plant Operators often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Power Generation Plant Operator.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • high risk work licence

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Mathematics

    44% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Physics

    42% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  4. Computers and electronics

    42% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Education and training

    41% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    98% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  3. Dangerous conditions

    96% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Indoors, not heat controlled

    93% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-8013.00 - Power Plant Operators.

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