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Production Occupations

Modernized control rooms in power plants will provide workers with more information and automate some tasks. As a result, workers will work more effectively. Due to advances in smart grid technology, some tasks that dispatchers perform can be automated, such as rerouting power during an outage.

However, some distributors and dispatchers will still be needed to manage the complex electrical grid. Those with strong technical and mechanical skills will have better job prospects.

Generally a high school diploma or equivalent will prepare you for this job. However training and certifications can lead to advancement.

Power Plant Operators

What do they do? - Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

How do I get started? - Visit Workforce West Virginia to find an office near you, or check out the Community & Technical College System.