What do they do?
The System Operator controls the stream of electricity, monitors voltage transformers, operates circuit breakers, records readings from a map board, communicates with power plant operators and energy traders, and foresees the need for power changes for certain weather conditions. According to the BLS, a systems operator may also operate machinery that increases and decreases voltage. The job may require sitting or standing in a control room. According to the BLS, the work is not physically demanding, but it does require continuous attention.
The types of employers for this position are utility companies.
This position requires journey level experience. Utility companies provide on-going training for journey level workers to keep employees current on new equipment, procedures and safety.
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