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TURBINE OPERATOR
Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
 
Job Description
Turbine operators control steam-driven turbo generators in electric or nuclear power generating stations. They also start turbines and boiler auxiliary units. The operators adjust throttle and vacuum-breaker valves to regulate turbine speeds. They monitor panel boards to control turbine operations and may stop turbines when malfunctions occur. Workers record instrument readings at specified intervals and may perform minor maintenance of equipment.
 
Working Conditions
Work is typically performed indoors in an industrial setting.
 
Wages
Beginning apprentices start at about 80 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months until you reach the journey-level rate.
 
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship lasts two years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of related classroom training and a total of 4,000 hours on-the-job training.
 
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
 
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
 
These programs are only open to employees of the training agent registered with the local apprenticeship committee.
 
Apprenticeship Committees  
 
MA# 7004
Central Oregon TATC
541-279-1543
Area 7