Profession power production plant operator

    power production plant operator

Power production plant operators control, operate and maintain machinery to generate electric power.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Tasks power production plant operator

  • Control and monitor boilers, turbines, generators and auxiliary equipment in power-generating plants.
  • Control the flow of electricity from a central point by operating and monitoring valves, switches and gauges.
  • Control processes and equipment for managing by-products.
  • Coordinate and schedule power loads and line voltages.
  • Compile records and reports, e.g. on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operations.
  • Control and maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feed water heaters, filters and chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air and auxiliary power.
  • Clean and lubricate equipment such as generators, turbines, pumps and compressors.
  • Communicate with systems operators, e.g. to regulate and coordinate transmission loads and frequencies, and line voltages.
  • Start or stop generators and connect or disconnect them to and from circuits.
  • Respond to emergencies such as fire and environmental hazards.

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  • 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.

  • Electric current

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

  • 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.

  • Automation technology

    Set of technologies that make a process, system, or apparatus operate automatically through the use of control systems.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Electricity

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


  • 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.

  • Maintain electrical equipment

    Test electrical equipment for malfunctions. Take safety measures, company guidelines, and legislation concerning electrical equipment into account. Clean, repair and replace parts and connections as required.

  • Maintain power plant machinery

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

  • 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.

  • Ensure equipment maintenance

    Ensure that the equipment required for operations is regularly checked for faults, that routine maintenance tasks are performed, and that repairs are scheduled and performed in the case of damage or flaws.

  • 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.

  • Conduct routine machinery checks

    Check machinery and equipment to ensure reliable performance during use and operations in worksites.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions

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

Optional knowledge and skills

electricity consumption liaise with engineers renewable energy technologies operate automated process control operate boiler maintain records of maintenance interventions ensure safety in electrical power operations ensure compliance with electricity distribution schedule arrange equipment repairs develop strategies for electricity contingencies operate steam turbine biomass conversion types of wind turbines perform minor repairs to equipment nuclear energy control temperature operate hydraulic machinery controls fossil fuels inspect wind turbines hydroelectricity