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Power Plant Operator
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,
airconditioned and soundproof offices.

Satisfying Aspects
- being able to obtain work without much education
- doing work that is not physically demanding
- doing work that provides a service to others

Demanding aspects
- being on one's feet most of the time during a working day
- working evenings, weekends and holidays
- working under pressure

A power plant operator should:
- enjoy working in a team;
- observe safety rules;
- be a responsible and careful worker;
- have good judgement;
- work well under pressure;
- be able to give and follow instructions;
- have good vision and an eye for detail;
- able to concentrate for long periods.

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate or N3 Certificate.

Compulsory Subjects: Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Recommended Subjects: Electrical Technology

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.

- Eskom
- Large municipalities

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