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Power Plant Operators
District Of Columbia

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Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels.
  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
  • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.
  • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
  • Regulate equipment operations and conditions, such as water levels, based on instrument data or from computers.
  • Take regulatory action, based on readings from charts, meters and gauges, at established intervals.
  • Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary.
  • Inspect records or log book entries or communicate with plant personnel to assess equipment operating status.
  • Clean, lubricate, or maintain equipment, such as generators, turbines, pumps, or compressors, to prevent failure or deterioration.
  • Control or maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, or chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Electrical control panels for generators
  • Heat exchangers
  • Steam engines
  • Steam generators
  • Wet scrubbers

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Industrial control software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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