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Power Plant Operations   

Learn the skills you need to gain entry-level employment as a power plant operator.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. You're encouraged to print the on-screen course material for your reference.

If you want a career with high pay and a stable work environment, this online Power Plant Operations course will get you on the right track. Now is an excellent time to start an exciting career as a power plant operator—there are thousands of power plants in the United States alone, and a large portion of the workforce is retiring, creating open power plant operator jobs for many years to come. Power plant operator training will prepare you to fill the ongoing need for entry-level positions in this industry.

This unique, user-friendly course is designed for people who have minimal knowledge of the industry, math, physics, or chemistry. The necessary science concepts are built into the course modules. Very few institutions provide power plant operator training and certification opportunities for entry-level operators, so your certificate from this course will give you an edge over others in the field.

After you complete this course, you will be fluent in how to operate a power plant with safety as the prime consideration. You'll be able to make adjustments to keep system process variables, such as flows, temperatures, and pressures, within acceptable ranges; detect both potential and actual problems and analyze operational trends as well as take corrective actions. You'll also learn important strategies to sustain communication with other operators, as well as maintenance and management.

  1. Basic Safety
  2. Basic Hazard Communication
  3. Basic Lockout-Tagout
  4. Math 1000: Basic Math 1
  5. Math 2000: Basic Math 2
  6. Math 2500: Basic Math 3
  7. Applied Physics 1
  8. Applied Physics 2
  9. Applied Physics 3
  10. Heat Exchangers
  11. Lubrication and Bearings
  12. Electrical Safety
  13. Electricity for Operators and Technicians
  14. Industrial Valves
  15. Compressed Air
  16. How to Read Process Drawings
  17. Basic Process Instrumentation and Control
  18. Pump Fundamentals
  19. Centrifugal Pumps: Operation
  20. Power 1000: Steam Generation
  21. Power 2100: Basic Boiler Systems
  22. Power 3000: Fuels and Combustion
  23. Power 3100: Boiler and Auxiliaries 1
  24. Power 3200: Boiler and Auxiliaries 2
  25. Power 3300: Boiler and Auxiliaries 3
  26. Power 3500: Cogeneration and HRSG

What you will learn

  • Power Plant Operations
  • Basic safety protocols and best practices
  • The mathematics and communication skills you will need to be successful in your new position
  • How to monitor instrumentation and operate equipment
  • How to prevent potential problems and troubleshoot actual problems
  • Standard operating procedures for starting and stopping production equipment

How you will benefit

  • You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course that indicates your comprehensive knowledge of the topics covered
  • You will be prepared for an entry-level job as a power plant operator
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

Max Ansari

Max Ansari is currently the Partner/Training Program Development Manager at Houston Industrial Training Institute (HITI), which focuses on development of web-based training programs for complex industrial processes such as power plants, oil refineries, and chemical manufacturing plants. His past experience includes 15 years of operational experience in a large refinery/power plant complex including three years as Manager of Operations. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and is a certified Professional Engineer and First Class Steam Engineer.

  • Power Plant Operations
  • Fee: $2,595.00
    Dates: 7/1/2024 - 9/30/2024

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