Hydrogen Plant Operator & Operations Manager
A hydrogen plant is a type of gas plant. Gas plants take gasses and turn them into a useable form. Many of these plants liquefy gasses such as hydrogen and oxygen and also purify them so that they can be used as fuels.
The career outlook for a hydrogen plant operator & operations manager is good. They make on average $17-$21 an hour.
At a hydrogen plant, an Operations Manager oversees the process of converting hydrogen into a useable state and generating energy with it.
Having a job in a hydrogen plant is 'green' because hydrogen is showing great promise as a cleaner burning fuel source for vehicles. Hydrogen is also a renewable resource. Once you have an effective way of separating it, there is really no shortage.
Working in a hydrogen plant as an operations manager is a job that requires great attention to detail. There are a great many systems to be monitored, valves that need to be opened and closed in the proper sequence, and forms and charts that need to be filled out daily. Pressure and moisture content of the hydrogen will also need to be checked at certain stages. Being reliable and able to work without supervision is critical to this line of work. An Operations Manager has many things that they have to do on time every day to keep problems from developing.
To become an Operations Manager at a hydrogen plant, you will need to have at least a Bachelor's degree in Engineering. Thankfully, engineering degrees are offered at most colleges, so it shouldn't be difficult to get one. While you are in college, some recommended coursework includes chemistry and alternative energies.
To move up to being a Hydrogen Plant Operations Manager, you generally will need experience working at a power plant of some sort as an Operator for a few years. But being an Operations Manager is a great job that has high pay and great benefits, so it is worth the time and effort to get there.
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