Requirements:Equipment inspection power plant operators must inspect and assess equipment operating statuses
Operational skills power plant operators have to comprehend how all the different pieces in their facility work together. They monitor, adjust, and repair these items constantly
Mechanical skills this job requires attention to detail and mechanical skills to spot and address possible equipment malfunctions with a high degree of accuracy when interpreting gauges, dials, thermometers, meters, and devices
Troubleshooting these operators regularly troubleshoot problems to repair plant mechanical equipment and systems
Communication skills the ability to communicate with coworkers in a clear, concise, and courteous manner is essential for power plant operators
Leadership skills operators provide mentoring and training to less experienced plant personnel and coworkers
Physical fitness power plant operator positions have physical requirements, including walking up and down stairs, lifting up to 50 pounds, crawling, stooping, and kneeling in tight spacesResponsibilities:Monitor Charts and Power Gauges
Power plant operators take chart readings, monitor gauges, and examine sensors to view voltage and electricity flows. They make necessary adjustments to temperature and pressure. They also review indicators to detect evidence of any operating problems. A plant operators job is to maintain logs and records in accordance with department procedures and federal policy.
Control Power-Generating Equipment
Adjusting controls to regulate the flow of power is a major responsibility of power plant operators. They control power-generating equipment such as turbines, generators, and reactors, using control boards or semiautomatic machines. At any moment they can start or stop generators or connect and disconnect equipment from circuits.
Prevent Equipment Deterioration
Power plant operators maintain equipment under their care, such as pumps, generators, turbines, and compressors. Their responsibility is to help prevent failure and deterioration of all plant equipment. Power plant operators ensure that their entire facility is maintained according to proper regulations. Its also their responsibility to record and compile operational information.
Facilitate Equipment Cleaning and Repair
Plant operators communicate with system operators to control and coordinate transmission loads, frequencies, and line voltages in order to repair equipment. They often directly make adjustments or minor repairs, such as tightening leaking gland and pipe joints. An operator also creates equipment malfunction reports and inspects equipment to evaluate whether its operating properly after repair.
Perform Safety Prevention
Safety is the number one priority of power plant operators. They implement and follow all safety programs, environmental programs, and operations procedures. Power plant operators secure the safety of all personnel. Their job also protects members of their plants surrounding community. Power plant operators complete the necessary actions to prevent environmental spills or toxic releases. When incidents happen, their job is to minimize the damage.
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