Profession steam turbine operator

Steam turbine operators operate and maintain machinery which generates power. They ensure the safety of the operations and monitor operations to detect problems, and react to emergency situations.

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Personality Type

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

Knowledge

  • Thermodynamics

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Skills

  • Identify hazards in the workplace

    Perform safety audits and inspections on workplaces and workplace equipment. Ensure that they meet safety regulations and identify hazards and risks.

  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Adjust cylinder valves

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

  • Conduct routine machinery checks

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

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

  • Operate steam turbine

    Operate equipment which uses thermal energy, extracted from pressurised steam, to generate rotary motion. Ensure that the turbine is balanced, and operates according to safety regulations and legislation, by monitoring the equipment during operations.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

manufacturing of steam generators ensure equipment cooling maintain records of maintenance interventions monitor automated machines arrange equipment repairs operate boiler resolve equipment malfunctions perform minor repairs to equipment manage fuel inventory electricity manage emergency procedures collaborate with engineers enforce fuel storage regulations operate stationary steam engine create incident reports automation technology operate automated process control react to mining emergencies perform maintenance on installed equipment