Power generation plant operators control and operate a range of machinery and instruments used in the electricity supply industry (ESI) for generating electric power. This may involve mechanical, electrical or chemical processes.
Duties & Tasks
Power generation plant operators may perform the following tasks:control the flow of fuel to boilers and make sure that the machinery is working properlycontrol the flow of water in hydroelectric power stations and ensure that the machinery is working correctlyoperate control instruments to switch off lines or equipment and to connect alternative circuitscheck instruments and switchboards to make sure that all systems are working efficiently to detect line disturbances and to check the flow of powerfind faults and perform basic repairs in mechanical, electrical and process control equipment and coordinate specialist repairs shut down or start up boilers or turbines to decrease or increase power outputoperate power switches for safety of crews and to avoid interruptions during repairsundertake safe work procedures to isolate plant machinery and equipment for maintenance and repaircompile records and reports on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operationsclean, lubricate and repair equipmentcontrol processes and equipment associated with inputs for power generation such as fuel, chemicals and watercontrol processes and equipment associated with management of by-products to minimise their environmental impactrespond to emergencies such as fire and environmental hazards.
They work in control rooms, operating a controlling console, and also out in the plant. Shiftwork is required.
- logical and thorough approach to work able to follow procedures and committed to safe work practices good at mechanical and/or electrical activities able to accept responsibility and make decisions.