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Power Plant Mechanics


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Work Environment

Power Plant Mechanics work in equipment repair shops power plant stations or power-generating rooms aboard ships. Sometimes they work outdoors while repairing substation-generating equipment.

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  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $22,646 - $206,836


Powerhouse mechanics install, maintain, operate, and repair electrical and mechanical equipment in power-generating stations. They maintain various types of power-generating equipment on land, on ships, and on submarines. They also support the mobile utility equipment that the Military provides as portable, temporary sources of electricity.

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 Mechanics in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Principles of electricity
  • Gas and diesel engine theories
  • Hydraulic (fluid pressure) and pneumatic (air pressure) system maintenance
  • Performing electrical assessments
  • Generator and power plant operations
  • Electrical generation and distribution
  • Diesel generator operation disassembly inspection and maintenance

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in nuclear power
  • Interest in repairing machines and equipment
  • Preference for doing physical work

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