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Power Plant Workers

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates power plants that generate electricity using nuclear reactors. The NRC must license operators in nuclear plants, because only NRC-licensed operators are authorized to control any equipment in the plant that affects the operation of the nuclear reactor. Nuclear reactor operators are also required to undertake regular drug testing. Power plant operators not working in a nuclear facility are often licensed as engineers or firemen by state licensing boards. Requirements vary by state and also depend on the specific job function of the operator and the license needed. Power distributors and dispatchers who work in jobs that could affect the power grid must be certified by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

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