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Occupational Report for Power Plant Operators (51-8013) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators. Excludes "Nuclear Power Reactor Operators" (51-8011).

Employment Outlook for Power Plant Operators
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat smaller than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. Employment in this occupation is expected to decline in this region between 2012 and 2022.

Despite declining employment, limited employment opportunities exist for trained workers due to the need to fill replacement job openings.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Power Plant Operators There are no openings for this occupation.
Job Openings from the Web for Power Plant Operators There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Power Plant Operators No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Power Plant Operators
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $17.98 $24.44 $31.67 $38.45 $45.38 $31.56 $65,640
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Power Plant Operators
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 139 132 -7 -5.0% 0 4 4
Baker / Union / Wallowa 26 24 -2 -7.7% 0 1 1
Lane 18 18 0 0.0% 0 1 1
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 15 16 1 6.7% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 13 11 -2 -15.4% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 13 12 -1 -7.7% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 10 11 1 10.0% 0 0 0
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 9 10 1 11.1% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 9 9 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Douglas 7 7 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Clackamas 7 7 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 5 5 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Power Plant Operators
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 139
Total All Industries Private 117
Utilities Private 92
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Private 92
Manufacturing Private 16
Wood Product Manufacturing Private 16
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing Private 12
Total All Industries Local 22
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Local 13
Educational Requirements for Power Plant Operators The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award. Those with a Bachelor's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, long-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Power Plant Operators
  • Apply Alternating Current (Ac) Theory
  • Apply Electrical Principles
  • Apply Electronic Principles
  • Apply Emergency Non-Medical Procedures
  • Apply Heat Transfer Principles
  • Apply Hydraulics Principles
  • Apply Power Plant Engineering Principles
  • Apply Pressure Vessel And Piping Technology
  • Apply Steam-Fitting System Technology
  • Complete Safety Reports
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Keep Production Records
  • Monitor Gauges On Pumps
  • Monitor Temperature Gauges And Thermometers
  • Operate Cranes, Hoists, Or Mechanical Booms
  • Operate Power Driven Pumps
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Turbines, Generators Or Condensers
  • Operate Two-Way Radio
  • Perform Safety Inspections In Manufacturing Or Repair Setting
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Pneumatic Tools
  • Use Pressure Gauges
  • Work With High Voltage Apparatus
Schools and Training Providers for Power Plant Operators No programs of training are associated with this occupation.
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Power Plant Operators These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Chemeketa Community College
Clackamas Community College
Columbia Gorge Community College
Rogue Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Power Plant Operators matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Power Distributors And Dispatchers 47%
Stationary Engineers And Boiler Operators 46%
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators 44%
Gas Plant Operators 40%
Plant And System Operators, All Other 39%
Chemical Plant And System Operators 39%
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, And Gaugers 38%
Water And Wastewater Treatment Plant And System Operators 32%