Being a Power Plant Operator can be a physically demanding job at times. Talk to the hiring manager about your feelings on working with your hands/being physical on the job.
"I really do enjoy working with my hands, and this is the primary reason that I chose a career in the trades initially. I receive a great deal of satisfaction from being physically active on the job."
Display to the hiring manager that you are able to explain basic concepts in a simple to understand manner. Your answer should be concise but accurate.
"The primary difference between natural gas and a coal power plant is that coal is relatively less costly and natural gas is environmentally cleaner. Coal fired plants are being shut down at quite a quick pace and natural gas seems to be the new way for power generation."
Have you always wanted to be a Power Plant Operator? How did you hear about this career path, and what sparked the initial interest? Talk to the hiring manager about how you landed into this career path.
"I chose a career as a Power Plant Operator because I decided to follow into my father's footsteps. He took so much pride in his work and I grew up admiring that. It was a simple choice for me, and I have never looked back!"
Give the hiring manager your reason for leaving your current position. Be sure to avoid speaking poorly about your current employer. Be honest, but positive.
"I have been with my current employer for 6 years and have felt very little growth over the past year. I am ready for a new challenge and look forward to strengthening my career in a larger operation such as yours."
Are you the type to stay calm under pressure? How do you ensure that you handle stress in a professional manner? Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to handle stress and pressure.
"I am very accustomed to working in high pressure situations. I was the only Power Plant Operator in my previous position and also managed a staff of 25. When things would come to a boiling point, in terms of stress, I would sit back, assess the situation and figure out where I could delegate certain tasks. Prioritizing and being an open communicator have greatly helped me to handle pressure in this career."
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A power plant operator is responsible for operating and controlling various power-generating and power-distributing equipment such as generators, water turbines, nuclear reactors, and boilers. As part of their job, power plant operators also inspect and maintain equipment, adjust controls, and read meters and gauges. Electric shocks, burns, and falls from height are some of the occupational hazards of working as a power plant operator.
A high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum educational qualification required to find an entry-level job as a power plant operator. For higher positions, employers will only consider applicants who have at least an undergrad degree related to this field or a vocational certificate.
At your interview, the interviewer will ask you questions to assess your knowledge of the job as well as your knowledge of security procedures. In this field, security protocol takes precedence and prospective employers will want to ensure that you are familiar with this aspect of the job. At Mock Questions, you will find a long list of commonly asked questions at these interviews as well as tips on how to answer these questions. Going through these questions and answers will help you be better prepared for your upcoming interview.