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POWER PLANT SHIFT SUPERVISOR: Civil Engineer Who Also Uses Mechanical, Electrical & Environmental Skills

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Errolin, a Shift Supervisor at a power plant, describes her job overseeing the staff and daily operations. Having studied Civil Engineering in college, she likes working at the power plant because she's using skills in Mechanical, Electrical, and Environmental Engineering as well.

Degree: Environmental Engineering - Civil Engineering
Job Title: Shift Supervisor
Employer: Power Plant

Job Summary: Power Plant Operators

Job Description

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers control the systems that generate and distribute electric power. They control power plants and the flow of electricity from plants to substations, which distribute electricity to businesses, homes, and factories. Electricity is generated from many sources, including coal, gas, nuclear energy, hydroelectric energy (from water sources), and wind and solar power.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Nuclear power reactor operators must be licensed through the NRC. To keep their license, operators must pass a plant-operating exam each year, pass a medical exam every 2 years, and apply for license renewal every 6 years. Licenses cannot be transferred between plants, so an operator must get a new license to operate in another facility.

Certification Requirement
NRC, NERC (for those who could affect power grid)

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$45,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-3 to 5 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Remote, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Analytical skills, Mathematical skills
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m='34370'>internship</span> <span m='34900'>with</span> <span m='35220'>APS,</span> <span m='36100'>and</span> <span m='36570'>was an</span> <span m='36840'>intern</span> <span m='37105'>at the</span> <span m='37370'>Red Hawk</span> <span m='37580'>Power</span> <span m='37965'>Plant,</span> <span m='38570'>where</span> <span m='38930'>I</span> <span m='39050'>learned</span> <span m='39630'>the</span> <span m='39920'>basic</span> <span m='40310'>steam cycle of</span> <span m='40770'>a</span> <span m='41145'>power</span> <span m='41520'>plant.</span> <span m='41950'>Then</span> <span m='42390'>I</span> <span m='42630'>got</span> <span m='42830'>hired</span> <span m='43100'>on</span> <span m='43270'>as</span> <span m='43380'>a</span> <span m='43430'>full</span> <span m='43640'>time</span> <span m='44000'>engineer,</span> <span m='44910'>went</span> <span m='45110'>in to</span> <span m='45350'>operations,</span> <span m='46310'>and</span> <span m='46700'>worked</span> <span m='46960'>my</span> <span m='47060'>way</span> <span m='47250'>up</span> <span m='47480'>from</span> <span m='47680'>auxiliary</span> <span m='48120'>operator,</span> <span m='48590'>to</span> <span m='48810'>control</span> <span m='49230'>operator, to shift</span> <span m='49650'>supervisor,</span> <span m='51340'>and</span> <span m='51610'>that's</span> <span m='51820'>where</span> <span m='52180'>I am now.</span> </p><p><span m='52670'>I</span> <span m='52780'>took</span> <span m='52960'>this</span> <span m='53170'>job</span> <span m='53440'>because</span> <span m='54360'>I</span> <span m='54480'>really</span> <span m='54780'>liked</span> <span m='55080'>how</span> <span m='55270'>diverse</span> <span m='55900'>it</span> <span m='56010'>was.</span> <span m='56370'>As</span> <span m='56570'>a</span> <span m='56990'>civil</span> <span m='57270'>engineer,</span> <span m='58070'>I</span> <span m='58230'>only</span> <span m='58510'>learned</span> <span m='59030'>one</span> <span m='59470'>aspect</span> <span m='59900'>of</span> <span m='59980'>engineering.</span> <span m='60540'>But</span> <span m='60840'>when</span> <span m='61010'>you're</span> <span m='61130'>working</span> <span m='61550'>at the power</span> <span m='61790'>plant,</span> <span m='62110'>you</span> <span m='62270'>have</span> <span m='62500'>to</span> <span m='62610'>be</span> <span m='63360'>all</span> <span m='63930'>types</span> <span m='64220'>of</span> <span m='64330'>engineer.</span> <span m='64700'>You</span> <span m='64910'>have</span> <span m='65150'>to</span> <span m='65260'>be</span> <span m='65430'>a</span> <span m='65470'>civil,</span> <span m='65920'>you</span> <span m='66070'>have</span> <span m='66270'>to</span> <span m='66370'>be</span> <span m='66440'>mechanical,</span> <span m='67370'>electrical,</span> <span m='68680'>environmental.</span> </p><p><span m='70160'>You're</span> <span m='70320'>dealing</span> <span m='70490'>with</span> <span m='70730'>this</span> <span 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m='117300'>I</span> <span m='117500'>really</span> <span m='117690'>don't</span> <span m='117840'>have</span> <span m='118020'>any</span> <span m='118550'>issues</span> <span m='118940'>with</span> <span m='119100'>it.</span> <span m='119280'>I</span> <span m='119390'>like</span> <span m='119670'>the</span> <span m='119740'>graveyard</span> <span m='120140'>shift.</span> <span m='121160'>I</span> <span m='121260'>like</span> <span m='121550'>working</span> <span m='122460'>the</span> <span m='122770'>long</span> <span m='123120'>hours</span> <span m='123380'>because</span> <span m='123580'>it</span> <span m='123680'>keeps</span> <span m='123910'>me</span> <span m='124000'>active,</span> <span m='124220'>it</span> <span m='124410'>keeps</span> <span m='124600'>me</span> <span m='124740'>awake.</span> <span m='125480'>So</span> <span m='125870'>I</span> <span m='126000'>think</span> <span m='126580'>if I was</span> <span m='126720'>sitting at</span> <span m='126990'>a</span> <span m='127110'>desk</span> <span m='127190'>all</span> <span m='127610'>day,</span> <span m='127790'>I'd</span> <span m='127990'>fall</span> <span m='128210'>asleep.</span> </p>","file":{"id":227314,"video_id":"2707915582001","name":"66844666","duration":129770,"thumbnail_url":null}});