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 properly
control the flow of water in hydroelectric power stations and ensure that the machinery is working correctly
operate control instruments to switch off lines or equipment and to connect alternative circuits
check instruments and switchboards to make sure that all systems are working efficiently to detect line disturbances and to check the flow of power
find 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 output
operate power switches for safety of crews and to avoid interruptions during repairs
undertake safe work procedures to isolate plant machinery and equipment for maintenance and repair
compile records and reports on equipment performance, instrument readings and switching operations
clean, lubricate and repair equipment
control processes and equipment associated with inputs for power generation such as fuel, chemicals and water
control processes and equipment associated with management of by-products to minimise their environmental impact
respond 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.