Power Plant Operations and Maintenance

Program LengthTwo semesters


Potential Salary RangeVaries


The Power Plant Operations and Maintenance Certificate will prepare students for careers in the operations and maintenance of today’s modern Electrical Generating Plants. The program is designed for entry-level employment in the operation of modern fossil fuel power plants, gas turbine facilities, water treatment facilities, or other facilities where steam and/or electricity is generated. Graduates will learn the technical and safety aspects of plant operations, the responsibilities of plant operators, and the mechanical and chemical technology needed for working in related industrial operations.

The program requires students to complete 30 credit hours of technical courses related to the electrical generation industry. A Practicum course is used to verify workplace competencies. Students successfully completing the program would be awarded a Power Plant Operations and Maintenance Certificate.

Classes are offered at the NRG Texas, Limestone Generating Station in Jewett, TX.


ELMT 1266   Practicum – Electromechanical Technology / Electromechanical Engineering Technology
ELMT 1491   Special Topics in Electromechanical Technology / Technician
ELMT 2337   Electronic Troubleshooting, Service, and Repair
IEIR 1306   Electric Motors
IEIR 1343   Industrial Equipment Maintenance
MCHN 1320   Precision Tools and Measurement


Employers in the Electrical Generation Industry report considerable difficulty recruiting qualified individuals to fill open positions. There have been 205 new Electrical Power Generation constructed in Texas since 1995. This dramatic growth is expected to continue. Competition for qualified workers continues to increase especially in the rural counties. NRG Energy, located in Freestone County, has requested that Navarro College implement a Power Plant Operations and Maintenance Program to train workers for employment. Navarro College Service Area includes Navarro, Ellis, Freestone, Limestone, and Leon Counties. NRG Energy currently has eight fossil fuel facilities in the state of Texas and over 21,000 in the United States. Worldwide production is 24,000 MG Watts. In addition to NRG Energy, there is an additional power generating plant in Freestone County, two in Limestone, and two in Ellis County. Currently two additional plants have been proposed for Navarro County and a third for Ellis County. Therefore, the need for a skilled workforce in the Electrical Power Industry is projected to increase significantly in the future. Industry partners, electrical power generating companies indicate that starting salaries would range $36,000 to $40,000 annually.


Power Plant Operations and Maintenance Certificate


Department of Energy (DOE)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
American Public Power Association
Western Area Power Administration
Green Power Network
Department of Energy – Gateways to Technology



Power Plant Operations and Maintenance Certificate

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**Tuition cost reflects a 15-credit hour semester for in-district students for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Cost does not include lab fees, additional fees, books, or supplies. Program costs are approximate and cost is subject to change.
Download the full Fall 2016 tuition chart here.