Profession steam plant operator

Steam plant operators operate and maintain mechanical equipment such as stationary engines and boilers to provide utilities for domestic or industrial use. They monitor proceedings to ensure compliance with safety regulations, and perform tests to ensure quality.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Types of steam engines

    The different types of heat engines which use steam as working fluid and are used to produce motion, such as steam turbines and stationary steam engines, and their various components.

  • Thermodynamics

    The branch of physics that deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy..

  • Hydraulics

    The power transmission systems that use the force of flowing liquids to transmit power.

  • 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.

Skills

  • Adjust cylinder valves

    Adjust the tension on the cylinder valves or change the valves with torque wrench.

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions

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

  • Monitor utility equipment

    Monitor equipment which provides utility services such as power, heat, refrigeration, and steam, in order to ensure they are functional, operate according to regulations, and to check for faults.

  • Monitor valves

    Monitor and accordingly adjust the valves in order to allow a specific amount of liquids (such as ammonia sulfuric acid or viscous soap) or steam into the mixer or machine.

  • Perform maintenance on installed equipment

    Perform the maintenance on installed equipment on-site. Follow procedures to avoid uninstalling equipment from machinery or vehicles.

  • Conduct routine machinery checks

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

Optional knowledge and skills

perform minor repairs to equipment heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration parts operate hydraulic machinery controls operate automated process control arrange equipment repairs collaborate with engineers electricity operate steam turbine automation technology operate stationary steam engine use personal protection equipment maintain records of maintenance interventions manufacturing of steam generators repair heating equipment operate boiler monitor water quality