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Operator - Power Plant
Operator - Power Plant
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Operator - Power Plant

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
  • Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels.
  • Control or maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, or chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power.
  • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.
  • Operate, control, or monitor equipment, such as acid or gas carbon dioxide removal units, carbon dioxide compressors, and pipelines, to capture, store, or transport carbon dioxide exhaust.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - control operation of compressors
  • Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary.

About the test

The HR Avatar Operator - Power Plant Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Operator - Power Plant test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Writing
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Empathy
Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:51-8013.00
Simulation Context:Technician-Oriented
O*Net Context:Production
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
Note:This test contains questions that are difficult to complete on small screens. A large screen device, such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet is recommended. Test-takers using small devices will be advised to optionally change to a larger screen device.
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$44,270 or less
Bottom 25%:
$59,550 or less
$74,690 (Average)
Top 25%:
$89,390 or more
Top 10%:
$101,590 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$21.28 or less
Bottom 25%:
$28.63 or less
$35.91 (Average)
Top 25%:
$42.98 or more
Top 10%:
$48.84 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:1,410

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Mechanical
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
Top Skills
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Troubleshooting
  • Monitoring
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Near Vision
  • Information Ordering
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Perceptual Speed
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
More than 10 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Assistant Plant Control Operator, Auxiliary Equipment Tender, Auxiliary Operator, Auxiliary Power Equipment Operator, Booster Operator, Booster Plant Operator, Booster Pump Operator, Carbon Capture Power Plant Engineer, Carbon Capture Power Plant Manager, Carbon Capture Power Plant Operator, Carbon Sequestration Plant Engineer, Carbon Sequestration Plant Manager, Carbon Sequestration Plant Operator, Coal Gasification Technician, Cogeneration Technician, Control Center Operator, Control Operator, Control Room Operator, Electric Operator, Generator Operator, High Pressure Firer, Hydro Plant Operator, Hydro Station Operator, Hydroelectric Operator, Hydroelectric Plant Operator, Hydroelectric Plant Power Generation Engineer, Hydroelectric Station Operator, Hydrogen Plant Operations Manager, Hydrogen Plant Operator, Hydrogen Power Plant Engineer, Hydrogen Power Plant Manager, Instrument/Control Technician, Instrumentation/Controls/Electrical Systems Technician (ICE Technician), Multicraft Operator (MCO), Operations and Maintenance Specialist (O&M Specialist), Operations and Maintenance Supervisor (O&M Supervisor), Operations and Maintenance Technician (O & M Technician), Operator, Plant Control Operator, Power Generating Plant Operator, Power Generation Technician, Power Operator, Power Plant Operator, Power Plant Technician, Power Station Operator, Powerhouse Attendant, Powerhouse Operator, Powerhouse Tender, Process Operator, Production Generalist, Rectifier, Rectifier Operator, Relief Operator, Senior Power Plant Operator, Station Operator, Station Tender, Steam Turbine Operator, Turbine Operator, Turbine Room Attendant, Turbo Electric Operator, Turbo Operator, Unit Operator, Utility Plant Operative

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Complete a supplies order.
  • Verify measurements are in the correct range.
  • Calculate a sampling plan for quality assurance.
  • Review Item Control sheets to ensure compliance with guidelines.
  • Make a product purchase recommendation.
  • Write a short essay.
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