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Power Plant Technology

Flint Hills Technical College
Power Plant Technology

The Power Plant Technology program trains you to perform power plant operations safely and efficiently, consistent with industry standards.

Nuclear energy is just one of the ways the energy-industry produces electricity. Other sources include coal, gas, hydroelectric, petroleum, geothermal, solar, waste, and wind.

Portions of the Power Plant Technology program may be taken online or in face-to-face settings. The program is currently available in Emporia, Kansas City, and Topeka. Power Plant Technology program enrollees may participate in a four-week job shadow/internship with one of the program’s industry partners.

Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC), in coordination with industry partners Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), Westar, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation (WCNOC), Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU) and Sunflower Electric Power Corporation (SEPC), has developed training that has the approval of the Power Plant Technology program’s industry partners. This industry-relevant training has created a strong demand for Power Plant Technology graduates.

“The electric power industry alone will have to replace nearly 100,000 skilled workers—more than 25,000 of them in the nuclear industry—by 2015, a fact that is driving industry partnerships with educational institutions and spurred creation of the Get Into Energy website” (derived from

Training Opportunities
Earn these Credentials in less than one year:

  • CPR & First Aid
  • OSHA-10
  • Power Plant Technology Certificate

Earn this Credential in one year or more:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in the accelerated pathway in just a year and a half

Career Pathways and Average Starting Wages

  • Power Plant Maintenance Technician: $17-$23 per hour
  • Power Plant Apprentice Operator: $23-$26 per hour
  • Instrument and Controls Technician: $23-$28 per hour
  • Plant Operator: $29-$30 per hour
  • Licensed Plant Operator: $31-$38 per hour (requires additional field training and testing)

Employment Opportunities

  • Combined Cycle or Cogeneration Power Plants
  • Fossil Fuel Power Plants
  • Thermal Power Plants
  • Hydro-Electric Power Plants
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Coal Fire Power Plant
  • Ethanol Power Plants

Contact Flint Hills Technical College:

Offers: Power Plant Technology
Program contact: 620.343.4712 or | 800.711.6947