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Power Plant Operators

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
    • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
    • Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels.
    • 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.
    • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.
    • Operate, control, or monitor equipment, such as acid or gas carbon dioxide removal units, carbon dioxide compressors, or pipelines, to capture, store, or transport carbon dioxide exhaust.
    • Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary.
    • Open and close valves and switches in sequence to start or shut down auxiliary units.
    • Communicate with systems operators to regulate and coordinate line voltages and transmission loads and frequencies.
    • Inspect records or log book entries or communicate with plant personnel to assess equipment operating status.
    • 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.
    • Record and compile operational data by completing and maintaining forms, logs, or reports.
    • Operate, control, or monitor gasifiers or related equipment, such as coolers, water quenches, water gas shifts reactors, or sulfur recovery units, to produce syngas or electricity from coal.
    • Clean, lubricate, or maintain equipment, such as generators, turbines, pumps, or compressors, to prevent failure or deterioration.
    • Operate, control, or monitor integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) or related equipment, such as air separation units, to generate electricity from coal.
    • Operate or maintain distributed power generation equipment, including fuel cells or microturbines, to produce energy on-site for manufacturing or other commercial purposes.
    • Examine and test electrical power distribution machinery and equipment, using testing devices.
    • Place standby emergency electrical generators on line in emergencies and monitor the temperature, output, and lubrication of the system.
    • Make adjustments or minor repairs, such as tightening leaking gland or pipe joints.
    • Receive outage calls and request necessary personnel during power outages or emergencies.
    • Collect oil, water, or electrolyte samples for laboratory analysis.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 84310/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 40.53/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,270
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Wet scrubbers
    • Heat exchangers
    • Flowmeters
    • Electrical control panels for generators
    • Air scrubbers

    Technology

    • Industrial control software
    • Facilities management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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