Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-8012 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Respond to emergencies, such as transformer or transmission line failures, and route current around affected areas. Prepare switching orders that will isolate work areas without causing power outages, referring to drawings of power systems. Control, monitor, or operate equipment that regulates or distributes electricity or steam, using data obtained from instruments or computers. Coordinate with engineers, planners, field personnel, or other utility workers to provide information such as clearances, switching orders, or distribution process changes. Direct personnel engaged in controlling or operating distribution equipment or machinery, such as instructing control room operators to start boilers or generators. Distribute or regulate the flow of power between entities, such as generating stations, substations, distribution lines, or users, keeping track of the status of circuits or connections. Monitor and record switchboard or control board readings to ensure that electrical or steam distribution equipment is operating properly. Track conditions that could affect power needs, such as changes in the weather, and adjust equipment to meet any anticipated changes. Manipulate controls to adjust or activate power distribution equipment or machines. Calculate load estimates or equipment requirements to determine required control settings. Record and compile operational data, such as chart or meter readings, power demands, or usage and operating times, using transmission system maps.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $32.20   Entry $66,969.00
Mean $41.58   Mean $86,472.00
Experience $46.26 Experience $96,229.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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51-8012.00 Power Distributors and Dispatchers