Power plant operators need training in areas such as electrical circuitry, diesel fuel system and engines and plant equipment and controls, which are available through Associate Degree in Power Plant Operation and Certificate in Power Plant Operation programs. The Associate Degree may take between 1 to 2 years to complete, while the Certificate in Power Plant Operation program evaluates the preparedness of a student for licensure and employment in the industry, according to Study.com.
An Associate Degree in Power Plant Operation program includes training and classes in alternating current and direct current electronics, plant equipment motors and controls. The program may also electrical power generation, thermodynamics in power plants and energy industry efficiency, notes Study.com.
General education classes are also likely to be included in Associate Degree in Power Plant Operation programs, such as math, science, English, humanities and social sciences. This and similar programs may have prerequisites such as a high school diploma or GED, computer skills and state residency.
A Certificate in Power Plant Operation includes classes and training in the operation of power plant machinery. Aspiring power plant operators can expect training in power plant safety, engine cooling systems, diesel fuel systems and engines and electrical circuitry. Tests for this program include the Maintenance Selection System and Plant Operator Selection. Prospective employers of power plant operators will have access to the results of these tests, which will be accessible for them online.