A power plant manager is responsible for supervising all aspects of the safe and efficient operation of an electricity-generating power plant. These energy facilities can be of various fuel types, but the role of the power plant manager is generally the same: they must ensure that the plant operates safely for all workers and employees at the facility, as well as oversee all environmental compliance.
Power plant managers typically oversee a number of teams which perform the many functions for the facility to operate. They often review inspection and process safety reports filed by the plant's safety teams to examine any areas where equipment must be repaired or replaced or operating teams may need further training. These managers also analyze reports from environmental teams to assess how well the plant adheres to local or federal regulations. They typically consider recommendations from these teams to ensure the plant avoids costly fines or labor-intensive inspections related to a lack of environmental compliance.
Finally, power plant managers ensure that systems required for continued efficient generation of power are able to continue unabated. They work with team leaders in all areas of production at the plant to asses current output and any future spikes in need or difficulties expected due to climatic conditions.
Those in this position must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to quickly analyze information and make fast decisions based upon it. They often have extensive latitude in the hiring and promotion of employees, as well. Most power plant managers have a degree and post-graduate education in an engineering or business management discipline. They typically work regular business hours in both office environments and plant facilities.
Power Plant Manager Tasks
Apply knowledge of and experience with high-pressure boilers, turbine operations, and auxiliary equipment.
Apply knowledge of the function of utility plants and related equipment related to the area of assignment.
Use effective management practices and principles.
Manage day-to-day operations of power plant.
Evaluate the effectiveness of services provided and recommend changes in procedures to meet users' needs.