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Power Generation Plant Operators

ANZSCO ID 399213

Overview

All Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operators

  • $3,082 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

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

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

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

You need a certificate III or IV in electrical supply industry (ESI) generation (operations or systems) to work as a Power Generation Plant Operator. Some workers have 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.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a certificate III or IV in electrical supply industry (ESI) generation (operations or systems) to work as a Power Generation Plant Operator. Some workers have a diploma or advanced diploma.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Resources and Infrastructure Industry, Gas Industry, National Water Industry, Chemical, Hydrocarbons & Refining, Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Boat Builders and Shipwrights who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Chemistry

    40% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  8. English language

    35% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  9. Production and processing

    34% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  10. Engineering and technology

    32% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  11. Clerical

    32% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  12. Administration and management

    30% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    23% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Customer and personal service

    21% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  15. Telecommunications

    20% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  16. Law and government

    19% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  17. Transportation

    18% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  18. Communications and media

    17% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Technical design

    17% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  20. Economics and accounting

    13% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  2. Operation and control

    54% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  5. Reading comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  6. Active listening

    45% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  9. Troubleshooting

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  10. Repairing

    45% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  11. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  13. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  16. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Time management

    39% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Learning strategies

    34% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  20. Equipment selection

    32% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Perceptual speed

    52% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  6. Selective attention

    52% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  10. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  11. Auditory attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  12. Control precision

    45% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  13. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Multitasking

    43% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  18. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  20. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    76% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    70% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  3. Checking for errors or defects

    67% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Handling and moving objects

    66% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Doing physically active work

    63% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  7. Communicating within a team

    62% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Looking for changes over time

    59% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  9. Collecting and organising information

    59% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    57% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  12. Working with computers

    55% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  13. Working with mechanical equipment

    55% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  14. Building good relationships

    54% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Training and teaching others

    53% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Researching and investigating

    52% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    45% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    43% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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).

  6. Consequence of error

    90% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  7. Exposure to contaminants

    90% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  8. Contact with people

    90% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Very hot or cold temperatures

    87% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  11. Health and safety of others

    87% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  12. Dangerous equipment

    86% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    85% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Telephone

    85% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  15. Work at heights

    83% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  16. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  17. Indoors, heat controlled

    82% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  18. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    81% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  19. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    78% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    50% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

All Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operators

  • $3,082 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

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

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

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

You need a certificate III or IV in electrical supply industry (ESI) generation (operations or systems) to work as a Power Generation Plant Operator. Some workers have 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.

You need a certificate III or IV in electrical supply industry (ESI) generation (operations or systems) to work as a Power Generation Plant Operator. Some workers have a diploma or advanced diploma.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Resources and Infrastructure Industry, Gas Industry, National Water Industry, Chemical, Hydrocarbons & Refining, Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector VET training pathways.

Employers look for Boat Builders and Shipwrights who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Chemistry

    40% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  8. English language

    35% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  9. Production and processing

    34% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  10. Engineering and technology

    32% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  11. Clerical

    32% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  12. Administration and management

    30% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    23% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Customer and personal service

    21% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  15. Telecommunications

    20% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  16. Law and government

    19% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  17. Transportation

    18% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  18. Communications and media

    17% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Technical design

    17% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  20. Economics and accounting

    13% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  2. Operation and control

    54% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  5. Reading comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  6. Active listening

    45% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  9. Troubleshooting

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  10. Repairing

    45% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  11. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  13. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  16. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Time management

    39% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Learning strategies

    34% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  20. Equipment selection

    32% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Perceptual speed

    52% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  6. Selective attention

    52% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  10. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  11. Auditory attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  12. Control precision

    45% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  13. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Multitasking

    43% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  18. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  20. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    76% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    70% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  3. Checking for errors or defects

    67% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Handling and moving objects

    66% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Doing physically active work

    63% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  7. Communicating within a team

    62% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Looking for changes over time

    59% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  9. Collecting and organising information

    59% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    57% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  12. Working with computers

    55% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  13. Working with mechanical equipment

    55% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  14. Building good relationships

    54% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Training and teaching others

    53% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Researching and investigating

    52% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    45% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    43% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

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).

  6. Consequence of error

    90% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  7. Exposure to contaminants

    90% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  8. Contact with people

    90% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Very hot or cold temperatures

    87% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  11. Health and safety of others

    87% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  12. Dangerous equipment

    86% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    85% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Telephone

    85% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  15. Work at heights

    83% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  16. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  17. Indoors, heat controlled

    82% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  18. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    81% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  19. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    78% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    50% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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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