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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-8013 Power Plant Operators

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

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 10020$49.32/hr$40.96/hr$50.79/hr$51.62/hr$51.62/hr$57.77/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities520$51.41/hr
Public AdministrationN/A$41.22/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$41.74/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$42.49/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$41.22/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 50$53.30/hr-10.2%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$43.50/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 50$50.42/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 60$50.42/hr-1.8%
Northwest Balance of State 70$47.67/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$47.67/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 80$48.17/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 100$51.62/hr-17.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 200$51.62/hr-19.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 270$51.63/hrN/A
Minnesota 560$50.79/hr-17.8%

  • Operate high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.
  • Clean work areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Operate equipment to heat biomass, using knowledge of controls, combustion, and firing mechanisms.
  • Record or report operational data, such as readings on meters, instruments, and gauges.
  • Perform tests of water chemistry in boilers.
  • Operate biomass fuel-burning boiler or biomass fuel gasification system equipment in accordance with specifications or instructions.
  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
  • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.
  • Clean, lubricate, or maintain equipment, such as generators, turbines, pumps, or compressors, to prevent failure or deterioration.
  • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.