What does a Process Operator: Power (246R) do?

Power Process Operators monitor and run processing equipment, using hand tools and measuring devices to maintain temperature and pressure levels in the power plant.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Handles, stores and disposes of hazardous workplace materials such as gases, acids and solvents
  • Knowledgeable of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems guidelines, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Chemical Hazards and hazardous materials, and follow the operation and maintenance requirements of all equipment
  • Communicating well with co-workers
  • Maintaining service documents including service call sheets, work orders, work performance sheets and log books, and writing numerous work reports such as injury reports, environmental reports and maintenance charts
  • Monitors and runs analogue, electronic or computerized control panels
  • Determine properties, reactions, temperatures, pressures and chemical analysis of chemical constituents
  • Using and maintaining hand tools such as hammers, wrenches screwdrivers and pliers as well as using and maintaining measuring devices including those for temperature, pressure, level and flow

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma; math and science credits an asset
  • Completion of a 6,480-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Process Operator: Power (246R)?

  • May move into a manager/supervisor position
  • Full-time work, indoors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and experience. The average apprentice will make $83,000 per year.

Self-Rating

Process Operator: Power (246R)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you take pride in doing a job correctly and completing a task well?
Do you enjoy working with your hands using a variety of hand and power tools? Are you precise in your measurements?
Can you lift 50lbs comfortably?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you enjoy being a part of a process that creates a larger finished product? Do you enjoy seeing your finished project?
Would you enjoy interacting with site supervisors, customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Do you pay attention to details? Do you have the ability to spot flaws and differences?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Process Operator: Power may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Process Operator: Refinery, Chemical, and Liquid Processes
  • Powerline Worker

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