Controls, operates or maintains machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Power, Structural and Technical Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Adjusts controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
- Monitors power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
- Controls generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels.
- Controls or maintains auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, or chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power.
- Controls power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.
- Starts or stops generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary.
- Opens and closes valves and switches in sequence to start or shut down auxiliary units.
- Communicates with systems operators to regulate and coordinate line voltages and transmission loads and frequencies.
- Inspects records or log book entries or communicates with plant personnel to assess equipment operating status.
- Regulates equipment operations and conditions, such as water levels, based on instrument data or from computers.
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