Profession electric power generation engineer

Electric power generation engineers design and develop systems which generate electrical power, and develop strategies for the improvement of existing electricity generation systems. They strive to conciliate sustainable solutions with efficient and affordable solutions. They engage in projects where supply of electrical energy is required.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Electrical engineering

    Understand electrical engineering, a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

  • Energy

    Power capacity in the form of mechanical, electrical, heat, potential, or other energy from chemical or physical resources, which can be used to drive a physical system.

  • Renewable energy technologies

    The different types of energy sources which cannot be depleted, such as wind, solar, water, biomass, and biofuel energy. The different technologies used to implement these types of energy to an increasing degree, such as wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, photovoltaics, and concentrated solar power.

  • Electrical power safety regulations

    The compliance with safety measures which need to be taken during the installation, operation, and maintenance of constructions and equipment which function in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical power, such as the appropriate safety gear, equipment handling procedures, and preventive actions.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Electric current

    Flow of electric charge, carried by electrons or ions in a medium such as an electrolyte or a plasma.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Electric generators

    The principles and operations of devices that can convert mechanical energy into electrical energy, such as dynamos and alternators, rotors, stators, armatures, and fields.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

Skills

  • Develop strategies for electricity contingencies

    Develop and implement strategies which ensure that swift and efficient actions can be taken in the event of a disruption in the generation, transmission, or distribution of electrical energy, such as a power outage or sudden increase of demand.

  • Ensure safety in electrical power operations

    Monitor and control operations on an electrical power transmission and distribution system in order to ensure that major risks are controlled and prevented, such as electrocution risks, damage to property and equipment, and instability of transmission or distribution.

  • Shift energy demands

    Accommodate a temporary shutdown of electric power generation systems by shifting energy demands. The goal is to limit power disruptions for customers while a certain problem is identified and dealt with.

  • Design electric power systems

    Construct generation plants, distribution stations and systems and transmission lines to get energy and new technology where it needs to go. Use high tech equipment, research, maintenance and repair to keep these systems running. Further design and plan layout of the buildings to be constructed.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Promote sustainable energy

    Promote the use of renewable electricity and heat generation sources to organisations and individuals, in order to work towards a sustainable future and encourage sales of renewable energy equipment, such as solar power equipment.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Respond to electrical power contingencies

    Set in motion the strategies created for responding to emergency situations, as well as respond to unforeseen problems, in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical power, such as power outages, in order to rapidly solve the problem and return to normal operations.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Ensure compliance with electricity distribution schedule

    Monitor the operations of an electrical energy distribution facility and electricity distribution systems in order to ensure that the distribution goals are met, and the electricity supply demands are met.

Optional knowledge and skills

design utility equipment resolve equipment malfunctions analyse energy market trends electricity consumption monitor utility equipment energy market inspect industrial equipment quality standards design drawings design principles maintain electrical equipment coordinate electricity generation electricity market supervise crew monitor nuclear power plant systems assess financial viability ensure equipment maintenance develop electricity distribution schedule wear appropriate protective gear cad software monitor electric generators