Most power plants operate 24 hours per day, and a power plant shift supervisor is typically in charge of their facility's personnel and performance during a shift. These shifts typically take place in eight-hour increments throughout the day, and the individual shift supervisors help ensure plant safety and staff adherence to regulations and procedures at all times. Typically, these professionals have immediate responsibility for all operators and employees working on their shift assignment. In some cases, there may be team leads or key operators in charge of certain areas who report to the supervisor as well.
The supervisor typically helps ensure proper staffing on his or her shift, assigns personnel as needed, may conduct interviews and may have input on hiring decisions. Additionally, they work to achieve compliance with government regulations and plant policies at all times. He or she also assists in inspecting equipment and work areas, as well as monitoring reports on plant output, efficiency and waste generation. Plant shift supervisors may work a variety of shifts, including day, evening or overnight. They typically spend time both in an office environment and moving throughout all areas of the plant.
The educational requirements for a shift supervisor at a power plant will vary by the type of power plant. For nuclear, hydroelectric or alternative energy power plants, a supervisor may need to hold a university degree in an engineering discipline; in other types of plants, practical experience may take priority over educational requirements.
Shift Supervisor, Power Plant Tasks
Supervise and direct personnel in energy generation.
Troubleshoot, analyze and report issues that occur.
Train and evaluate employees.
Coordinate and execute energy schedules; ensure maximized generation and output.