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Power Plant Operations

Prepare you for an entry-level career as a power plant operator with this nationally recognized program. Power plant operators are responsible for operation of the equipment, adjustments to flows, temperatures and pressures, as well as standard operating procedures to start and stop production equipment.

Certificate code: CE.POWER-PLANT-OPER

What is the job outlook?
Employment of power plant operators is expected to remain stable, but job opportunities are expected to be excellent because of the large number of retiring workers who must be replaced, an increased demand for energy and legislation that paves the way for a number of new plants. Power plant operators in Maryland earn an average annual salary of approximately $66,200.

What is the training? 
Offered in partnership with Gatlin Education Service, the training consists of four online courses that can be taken at your own pace or completed in as little as five months. Total Hours: 400

What courses will I take?
OCA-503 – Power Plant Operations 1
OCA-504 – Power Plant Operations 2
OCA-505 – Power Plant Operations 3
OCA-506 – Power Plant Operations 4

What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion students earn an AACC continuing education certificate. To receive the certificate students complete and submit the form to our office. The form and instructions can be found at

What will it cost?
$2,595 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees. Financial aid is available for qualified candidates. For more information contact AACC’s Office of Student Financial Services at 410-777-2203 or

What are the requirements?
Students must be at least 16 years old, have basic keyboarding and computer skills, be comfortable navigating the Internet, have e-mail capabilities and have high school diploma or passed the GED exam.

How do I enroll?
Contact the program coordinator below to schedule an appointment, review requirements and complete registration. Use certificate code CE.POWER-PLANT-OPER.

Related Training
Visit to learn more about earning a continuing education certificate as a Maryland Stationary Engineer.

For more information contact Amandae Leigh at 410-777-2447 or