Errolin, a Shift Supervisor at a power plant, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, and work-life balance. Troubleshooting is her favorite part of engineering. Her internship was key because her company promotes from within.
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.
Long-term on-the-job training
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.
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