Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Senior Power Plant Operator

Working as a Senior Power Plant Operator in the electricity supply industry, you will manage daily plant operations based on operational guidelines and regulatory requirements. You will perform high-voltage switching operational works and track processes and plant status to ensure compliance.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 12 required

  • Implement and monitor energy sector WHS policies and procedures
  • Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Analyse single protection device operation
  • Apply quality systems to work
  • Coordinate response to critical incidents
  • Coordinate team activities
  • Interpret and analyse multi-operation protection devices
  • Maintain quality systems within the team
  • Manage operational crisis to maintain or restore power system integrity
  • Manage Work Health and Safety policy and procedures  
  • Monitor and implement environmental site plans and procedures
  • Respond to a critical incident

Elective Units – 24 required

  • Conduct multiple energy source isolation procedures for permit to work
  • Conduct single energy source isolation procedures for permit to work
  • Control electrical energy production
  • Coordinate permit to work system
  • Manage permit to work system
  • Manage quality control procedures
  • Operate and monitor a.c. electrical systems
  • Operate and monitor d.c. electrical systems
  • Plan and organise work
  • Coordinate network/system
  • Coordinate power generation
  • Develop H.V. switching programs
  • Facilitate the use of contingency plans for power generation facilities
  • Manage high voltage network system
  • Operate and monitor system equipment
  • Perform switching to a switching program
  • Coordinate the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • Implement information and knowledge management systems
  • Ensure a safe workplace for a work area
  • Conduct project management
  • Implement dam safety surveillance procedures
  • Manage commissioning and decommissioning
  • Monitor implementation of quality control for production and maintenance
  • Operate hydroelectric generating plant and auxiliary equipment

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Energy & Utilities

Work Type
Analytic & Investigative
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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 0

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/3/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Senior Power Plant Operator - UEP50122
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

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Part Time
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Commencements

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