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Power Plant Operators


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Work Environment

Power plant operators usually work indoors. They are subject to high temperatures and noise.

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Power plant operators control power-generating plants on land and aboard ships and submarines. They operate boilers, turbines, nuclear reactors, and portable generators. Power plant operators are also responsible for administering, managing, and evaluating shipboard engineering programs.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Power plant operators in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience.

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in nuclear power
  • Interest in working with large machinery

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