Profession solar power plant operator

Solar power plant operators operate and maintain equipment which produce electrical energy from solar power. They monitor measuring equipment to ensure the safety of operations, and that the production needs are met. They also react to system problems, and repair faults.

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Personality Type

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

Knowledge

  • 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 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.

  • Electricity

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

  • Solar energy

    The energy which originates from light and heat from the sun, and which can be harnessed and used as a renewable source of energy using different technologies, such as photovoltaics (PV) for electricity production and solar thermal energy (STE) for thermal energy generation.

  • Electric current

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

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.

  • Maintain records of maintenance interventions

    Keep written records of all repairs and maintenance interventions undertaken, including information on the parts and materials used, etc.

  • Install photovoltaic systems

    Install systems which generate electrical energy through the conversion of light into electric currents, the photovoltaic effect. Ensure compliance with regulations, and correct installation of the photovoltaic power system.

  • Maintain photovoltaic systems

    Perform maintenance tasks and repairs on systems which generate electrical energy through the conversion of light into electric currents, the photovoltaic effect. Ensure compliance with regulations, and correct installation of the photovoltaic power system.

  • Maintain concentrated solar power systems

    Perform routine maintenance as well as repairs on systems which use reflective materials, such as lenses and mirrors, and tracking systems to concentrate sunlight into a beam, which powers an electrical power plant through its heat generation.

  • Install concentrated solar power systems

    Install systems which use reflective materials, such as lenses and mirrors, and tracking systems to concentrate sunlight into a beam, which powers an electrical power plant through its heat generation.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

liaise with engineers replace large components automation technology ensure safety in electrical power operations electricity consumption install electrical and electronic equipment control temperature develop strategies for electricity contingencies provide information on solar panels renewable energy technologies ensure equipment maintenance read engineering drawings set up machine controls coordinate electricity generation operate steam turbine resolve equipment malfunctions ensure compliance with electricity distribution schedule arrange equipment repairs wear appropriate protective gear