Plant Technician Career Overview

About this article
A plant technician is responsible for monitoring electric generation facilities, conducting routine safety checks and performing maintenance to control systems as needed. Minimum educational requirements of a plant technician consist of an associate or vocational training degree.
View available schools

Plant Technician Job Duties and Responsibilities

A plant technician monitors the operation of a power plant to ensure its functionality and output are stable. Some plant technicians have duties aside from monitoring a facility's operation, including boiler maintenance, control systems repair and environmental testing. Many plant technicians are required to monitor a plant during shifts that provide coverage around the clock. Plant technicians are also required to be on call when coverage is needed or power plants malfunction. Monster.com excerpts include the following examples of typical duties:

  • 'We are currently seeking a Maintenance/Plant Technician to perform all maintenance functions, including but not limited to preventive, corrective and emergency maintenance on all equipment throughout the plant... Perform diagnostic evaluation on equipment and make repairs when needed. Ensures that repairs are performed in the shortest amount of time possible to alleviate down time. Performs preventive, corrective and scheduled maintenance on a daily basis on a variety of machinery within the plant.' -- Stericycle
  • 'The Plant Technician operates, performs regular preventive maintenance, troubleshoots, tests, and makes rounds taking regular readings on all power plant equipment and systems.' -- Constellation Energy

Plant Technician Job Requirements

Many plant technicians require a vocational or associate degree. Some can become a technician with related electrical and computer experience in another field. Since many plant monitoring systems have become computerized, technicians also need computer literacy and troubleshooting skills. Nuclear power plant technicians require training certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. CareerBuilder.com postings include the following examples of typical requirements:

  • 'Hands on experience with all aspects of steam power plant operations and maintenance including mechanical maintenance, instrument and electrical systems, and a working knowledge of power cycles is a plus.' -- Constellation Energy
  • 'Education equivalent to Associates Degree from two-year college or technical school, or the equivalent in related work experience.' -- Stericycle

Plant Technician Occupational Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, reports that demand for plant technicians will decline. Many factors contribute to this, including the price of oil, deregulation, restructuring and the consolidation of other duties into a plant technician's responsibilities. Although the drive to reduce costs has adversely affected employment prospects for plant technicians, electric generation will always be required.

A plant technician will require more advanced electrical and computer skills in the coming years. This is the direct result of electric deregulation and trends to consolidate the power industry. While opportunities in nuclear, coal or oil power plants will decline, more technicians will find employment in hydroelectric, solar and wind generation.

The BLS reported that plant technicians earned a median annual income of $52,530 in 2004. In the same year, nuclear plant technicians had median annual wages of $64,090. These figures include overtime pay that a plant technician receives during peak energy seasons.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Finance
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
      • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate
  • Online Programs Available
    3. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Economics
      • Master of Public Administration and Policy
      • Master of Science in Agile Project Management
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    Master's
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master : Business Admin
      • Master: Psychology/General Psychology
      • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
      • Master of Public Health
    Bachelor's
      • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
      • Associate: Accounting
    Certificate
      • Psychology
      • Certificate in Human Services
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Criminal Justice
      • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
      • BA: Liberal Studies
      • BA: Psychology
      • BA: Psychology - General
      • BS: Computer Science
    Associate's
      • AA: Criminal Justice
      • AA: Liberal Arts
      • AA: Business Administration
      • AA: Information Technology
      • AA: Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Business Administration
      • B.S. in Legal Studies
      • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
      • B.S. in Finance
      • B.S. in Management / Entrepreneurship
      • B.S. in Management / International Management
    Associate's
      • A.S. in Criminal Justice
      • A.S. in Legal Studies
      • A.S. in Marketing
    Certificate
      • Certificate: H.R. Management
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Science in Applied Economics
      • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Bioinformatics
  • Online Programs Available
    8. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
      • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
      • Masters in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
    Bachelor's
      • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
      • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management
      • Ed.D. - Sports Management
    Master's
      • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • M.Ed. - General Education
      • Master of Business Admin - Accelerated General MBA
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership
      • Education Specialist - Special Education
      • Education Specialist - International Education
      • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
      • Education Specialist - Curriculum and Teaching
      • Education Specialist - Instructional Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    10. University of Delaware

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration
      • Master of Public Administration
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance
      • Master of Business Administration - International Business
      • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Featured Schools

George Mason University

  • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

What is your highest level of education?

Georgetown University

  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

What is your highest level of education completed?

American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Economics

What is your highest level of education?

Kaplan University

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • Master: Legal Studies
  • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
  • AASBA in Business
  • Psychology

Which subject are you interested in?

Saint Leo University

  • BA: Criminal Justice
  • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
  • AA: Criminal Justice
  • AA: Liberal Arts

What is your highest level of education completed?

Post University

  • B.S. in Business Administration
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Certificate: H.R. Management

Education Level:

Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Arts in Science Writing

What is your highest level of education?

The George Washington University

  • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
  • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
  • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

What is your highest level of education?