Profession power plant control room operator

Power plant control room operators are responsible for the safe and proper operation of power plants, switchyards and associated control structures. They repair and maintain the involved machinery and equipment to ensure the plant's efficient operation and to tackle emergency situations such as blackouts.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Power plant instrumentation

    The equipment and instruments used for the monitoring and controlling processes in power plants. This requires proper operation, calibration, and regular maintenance.

  • 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.

  • Electric current

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

  • 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.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Use remote control equipment

    Use a remote control to operate equipment. Watch the equipment closely while operating, and use any sensors or cameras to guide your actions.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions

    Identify, report and repair equipment damage and malfunctions; communicate with field representatives and manufacturers to obtain repair and replacement components.

  • Adapt energy distribution schedules

    Monitor the procedures involved in the distribution of energy in order to assess whether energy supply must be increased or decreased depending on changes in demand, and incorporate these changes into the distribution schedule. Ensure that the changes are complied with.

  • Write production reports

    Make up and complete shift schedules and production reports in a timely manner.

  • Close circuit breaker

    Synchronize incoming generating units with units already in operation. Close the circuit breaker at the exact instant of coincidence between both unit types.

  • Conduct inter-shift communication

    Communicate relevant information about the conditions in the workplace, progress, events, and potential problems to the workers in the next shift.

  • Manage emergency procedures

    React quickly in case of emergency and set planned emergency procedures in motion.

  • Coordinate remote communications

    Direct network and radio communications between different operational units. Receive and transfer further radio or telecom messages or calls. These might include messages from the public, or the emergency services.

  • Monitor equipment

    Monitoring equipment implies watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

  • Maintain power plant machinery

    Maintain and repair power plant machinery and equipment to prevent operational problems and ensure all machines perform sufficiently

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Monitor electric generators

    Monitor the operation of electric generators in power stations in order to ensure functionality and safety, and to identify need for repairs and maintenance.

Optional knowledge and skills

respond to nuclear emergencies maintain electrical equipment ensure equipment maintenance read electricity meter test procedures in electricity transmission natural gas perform minor repairs to equipment ensure safety in electrical power operations react to events in time-critical environments electricity arrange equipment repairs develop strategies for electricity contingencies nuclear energy mechanics supervise electricity distribution operations fossil fuels electricity consumption maintain records of maintenance interventions ensure compliance with electricity distribution schedule automation technology coordinate electricity generation