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Question 1 of 26
Where do you think one third of the electricity we generate at this power plant, goes?
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List of Power Plant Operator Interview Questions
  1. Where do you think one third of the electricity we generate at this power plant, goes?
  2. How can you tell the difference between induced draft and forced draft?
  3. Do you remember your steam tables?
  4. Explain to me why some cooling towers are 300 feet tall, and others look like a 30 by 30 foot cubicle on top of a building?
  5. What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
  6. What is your long-term career goal?
  7. What is the temperature steam turns into dry steam?
  8. Why is coal crushed to a powder before being fed into a boiler?
  9. How important is safety to you?
  10. Why are you the best Power Plant Operator for us?
  11. What has been your greatest accomplishment as a Power Plant Operator?
  12. Why does steam have to be heated to the temperature it is, before entering a turbine?
  13. After we make electricity, why do we increase the voltage before sending it to the grid?
  14. What is your greatest weakness and what steps are you taking to improve?
  15. Describe a difficult project and how you overcame the challenges.
  16. What excites you the most about a career as a Power Plant Operator?
  17. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  18. Why do you want to leave your current employer?
  19. What made you choose a career as a Power Plant Operator?
  20. What are the primary differences from a natural gas power plant to a coal power plant?
  21. Do you enjoy working with your hands?
  22. What is 'lockout- tagout'; or 'lock and tag'?
  23. What is your secret to a successful career as a Power Plant Operator?
  24. What do you feel is an acceptable work attendance record?
  25. What is your philosophy towards work?
  26. What is your greatest strength and how do you feel it will help you in this role?
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Power Plant Operator Information
August 22nd, 2017

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.

Power Plant Operator User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 26
Where do you think one third of the electricity we generate at this power plant, goes?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
To the machinery used in the plant.
2.
Building control systems.
3.
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4.
Boiler feed pump takes one third of power that we generate.
5.
On to the grid, as the efficiency of this plant is around 29%
Question 2 of 26
How can you tell the difference between induced draft and forced draft?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Is use to run the boiler feed pump in the power plant.
2.
Induced draft is a system to using a Id fan for exhaust the flue gas from the furnace and forced draft is using fd fan to supply the steam to furnance.
3.
Will take a review for that.
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The way the blades are arranged and the position of the fan in the boiler bay.
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Induced draft uses a motor, forced draft uses gasses from the combustion box.
Question 3 of 26
Do you remember your steam tables?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Not that much extend maybe.
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Not even a single string of it.
3.
Comments like fate water fade water generation expansion.
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Write your interview answer here. Then click next question. Yes.
5.
What is a plant operator.
Question 4 of 26
Explain to me why some cooling towers are 300 feet tall, and others look like a 30 by 30 foot cubicle on top of a building?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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It depends upon plant rating and that amount water we use.
2.
Boiler feed pump takes one third of power that we generate.
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It based upon our boiler capacity and type of cooling tower.
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The taller ones are cooling hotter substances.
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They r natural draught cooli towwrs and the aller ones are forced draught type.
Question 5 of 26
What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I will try find solution for that and first of all I won't feel stress.
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It happens in all plant . We should try to overcome it within short period and find the main think that create the problem. It should be rectified soon...
3.
I will try to work hard to return to the project plan.
4.
This can happen at any work. So instead of being upset, the best thing to do is to adapt to the new situation and take the best course of action.
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I try to recheck the new situation and change my plan.
Question 6 of 26
What is your long-term career goal?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I see myself as a specialist electrical operator.
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My long term career is get a PhD and equal job.
3.
With much more knowledge than I know now. A leader and on my way to a retirement.
4.
With much more knowledge than I know now. A leader and on my way to a retirement.
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I saw myself in many era at last ten years, during at successful project work and troubleshooting of VFD machine.
Question 7 of 26
What is the temperature steam turns into dry steam?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
The Stan turns into dry steam at 200 to 250 centigrade at 1 disc pressure normally it based upon pressure based process.
2.
Steam a bowl of saturated temperature.
Question 8 of 26
Why is coal crushed to a powder before being fed into a boiler?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
So it can easily mix with air and heat for cobustion.
2.
Quick burning, maximum area exposed to fire so easley catch fire.
3.
Because it is difficult burn the coal when it is in solid form, When we powdered the coal it is easy to burn.
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For proper combustion, control of coal losses.
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More efficient combustion.
Question 9 of 26
How important is safety to you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It is very important to keep my integrity and others around me.
2.
Safety is paramount and comes first in everything I do.
3.
Safety comes first to me. If a safe environment is ensure inside the factory area, productivity will definitely increase proportionately as workers will get a comfortable place to work in.
4.
Very much, because it is the factor that keeps you in the right position and condition to work.
5.
Safety number one priority.
Question 10 of 26
Why are you the best Power Plant Operator for us?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My work aptitude has given me advantage when performing the assigned tasks.
2.
Excellent understanding of site electrical systems.
3.
From my past mechcanical and electrical knowledge.
4.
I would like to run the power plant instead of running may work well with others and listen to questions and answers.
5.
Iam well versed with power plant equipments and processes invloved in it.
Question 11 of 26
What has been your greatest accomplishment as a Power Plant Operator?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am challenging myself applying to this position.
2.
Surviving a cold winter with an air cooled condenser with high air inleakage.
3.
Achieving powerplant knowledge and becoming a control room operator in three to four years.
4.
Saving a boiler from explosion and bringing it off range safely.
5.
Synchronization of plant after shutdown.
Question 12 of 26
Why does steam have to be heated to the temperature it is, before entering a turbine?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Superheted steam will rotate the steam tubine blades.
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Because steam at its hottest has the most power.
3.
Superheated steam is dry saturated steam has morsture that you do not want to get in the turbin.
4.
To prevent the turbine from damages and get good effeciency.
5.
To increase the pressure in order to impend the turbine to rotate.
Question 13 of 26
After we make electricity, why do we increase the voltage before sending it to the grid?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Because power is lost during transmission to the customer.
2.
Match up the generator with the 500 KV line voltage so you're not back back to the generator reverse power.
3.
To reduced the loss of electricity. And easy transmission.
4.
Flow of electricity better from higher voltage to lower voltage. Since we are importing electricity to grid, we have to maintain higher voltage than grid voltage.
5.
To avoid transmission losses.
Question 14 of 26
What is your greatest weakness and what steps are you taking to improve?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Literature...But where this factor needs to be mastered, then there is no way back down.
2.
I am not patient with sluggish team players.
3.
I put in many hours at work.
4.
That I don't know everything I need to know.
5.
I thought am good enough in some cases and missed to discuss with others.
Question 15 of 26
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame the challenges.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Planned outage with multiple jobs Concentrate on critical path.
2.
I got mixed up on the location of a breaker. I called a journeyman who gladly came and help me find it.
3.
Conveying system was getting locked in program loop found a way to force it reset.
4.
Working with others to try to accomplish a project listening to their ideals.
5.
I was given the to complete the water wash of compressor in 24 hrs with desired valve of conductivity. I worked continuisly 20 hours to achive.
Question 16 of 26
What excites you the most about a career as a Power Plant Operator?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
The power plant lightening the life, and I am a part of it..
2.
When I drive around coming to a city at night knowing that I am a part of creating electricity for those lights.
3.
Learning the new process and knowing making power for other operations.
4.
The chanlanging, I love to work as power plant operator.
5.
The duties involved and the realisation that electricity generated is one of the main agents of developing a nation.
Question 17 of 26
How do you handle stress and pressure?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I will manage the stress by means of sorting out the things based on those importance and I planned to complete the work with in the time limit with well planned mentality.
2.
Very well. Prioritize, adapt, conquer then move on to next challenge.
3.
Understanding that obstacles/difficulties can always arise and finding solutions through discussion.
4.
Working with equipment and out in the field and as a power plant operator has enabled me to think before I act.
5.
I handling happily I like to work under pressure.
Question 18 of 26
Why do you want to leave your current employer?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Would like to get closer to home.
2.
I want to enhance my career forward as well as my organization.
3.
To seek new challenges and learn new things.
4.
I have to much interested to join in your company.
5.
To find a better job (more income), also to get more knowledge and widen my experience.
Question 19 of 26
What made you choose a career as a Power Plant Operator?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Hands on career good pay.
2.
The scientific principles behind the generation of electricity captivated my interest since childhood.
3.
Given my past career and experience it compliments my talents.
4.
Because am a perfect match for this position and I do mid there requirements they wanted.
5.
Felt like it would be a great opprituiity to show case my skills in a differrent procees.
Question 20 of 26
What are the primary differences from a natural gas power plant to a coal power plant?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Coal, Bag houses, ash, clinkers, ash trucks.
2.
Coal versus natural gas conveyor belts particulars for bag house line usage.
3.
Gas turbine, coal mills, coveyer, coal haandling plant.
4.
Crushing mills, conveyor belts, ash handling plants, dust seperators etc.
5.
Gas is much cleaner and coal requires more involvement to keep emissions correct.
Question 21 of 26
Do you enjoy working with your hands?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, but with in my knowledge I have enjoy it. But I wants to assist someone means surely I will call them. Because team work makes the difficult things to easier.
Question 22 of 26
What is 'lockout- tagout'; or 'lock and tag'?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Ensures equipment is safe to work on.
2.
A process used to ensure safety by isolating equipment.
3.
A lock tag that is disdenated to keep the machine from being turn on electrically.
4.
Requesting a lotto or piece of equipment to be worked on.
5.
In permit to work system. Tagging the isolations and locking to ensure the safety of workers who are working there.
Question 23 of 26
What is your secret to a successful career as a Power Plant Operator?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
To be safe and listen ask question and work together.
2.
Asking questions and being a good listener and willing to work.
3.
I like power generation. I work hard for the generation of power.
4.
Being alert always and knowing what to do when.
5.
Hard work and dedication.
Question 24 of 26
What do you feel is an acceptable work attendance record?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Don't use all sick time given.
2.
Be at work 00 your scheduled work days.
3.
All things being equal 100%
4.
Never late and dependable.
5.
On time always. Absent only when illness wont permit working.
Question 25 of 26
What is your philosophy towards work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Always put forth your best effort. The work you do is a reflection of the person you are.
2.
Understand the job so that you can do the very best and do it one time.
3.
Work hard untill you get it done completely.
4.
Doing things correct the first time.
5.
Work hard then everything comes like fame. Position. Money etc.
Question 26 of 26
What is your greatest strength and how do you feel it will help you in this role?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Knowledge and experience.
2.
I am a hardworker who works efficiently without the need for close supervision.
3.
Attention to detail and problem solving with a good back to anticipate things before they happen.
4.
Ability to work with others of various backgrounds.
5.
Trying to beat myself up over simple solutions not catching problems.
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