Power Plant Operator Job Description

Power Plant Operator Job Description

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Power plant operator provides detailed, technical, robust design and operational solutions in support of power plant utility systems, including combined heat and power CHP turbines, boilers, plant steam distribution.

Power Plant Operator Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective power plant operator job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included power plant operator job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Bring Generators online, parallel generators, and bring generators offline
Maintains identified operational hours spread of diesel engine/generators to better forecast maintenance
Assist Watch Engineer in various testing of generators and securing generators for inspection
Monitoring the operations of heat recovery steam generators (boiler), combustion and steam turbines, pumps, generators, switchgear, transmission and distribution circuits, and associated auxiliary equipment
Monitors diesel engine/generators and associated switch gear parameters
Makes adjustments to diesel engine/generators and auxiliary systems to insure Power Plant is operating with the highest level of efficiency and reliability possible
Starts, places in service and secures diesel generators as necessary
Assists the Power Plant Mechanic with scheduled maintenance and repairs
Warm up and place boiler and generators in service
Take boilers and generators off line

Power Plant Operator Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Power Plant Operator

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: EPA, BOMA, CFC

Education for Power Plant Operator

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the power plant operator job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Associate and Collage Degree in Process Technology, Technical, Associates, Technology, Electronics, Industrial, Manufacturing, Education, Engineering, Graduate

Skills for Power Plant Operator

Desired skills for power plant operator include:

Repair
Methods
Generators
Plant procedures and measurement standards
Plant systems and understanding of process and electrical diagrams
Chillers
Compressors
Maintain boilers
Maintenance
Mechanical equipment and systems in power plants

Desired experience for power plant operator includes:

Monitor and operate turbines and auxiliary power plant equipment
Monitor all systems for normal running conditions, performing activities such as checking gauges to assess output or assess the effects on other equipment
Respond to system or unit abnormalities, diagnosing the cause, and recommending or taking corrective action
Record operating data such as the results of surveillance tests
Note malfunctions of equipment, instruments, or controls, and report these conditions to supervisors
Implement operational procedures that control or manipulate plant equipment

Power Plant Operator Examples

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Power Plant Operator Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a power plant operator. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for power plant operator
  • Test and log over speed trip on generators when putting in or taking out of service
  • Provides required training in operating techniques and procedures, applicable safety rules, to operators, maintenance journeymen and trainees
  • Reports major repair needs and unsafe conditions
  • Operates and maintains emergency generators
  • Logs and reports starts and major repair needs and unsafe conditions
  • Performs preventative maintenance schedules
  • Operates and maintains chillers
  • Answers maintenance calls during "off" hours for minor repairs
  • Understand, perform and approve clearances required for maintenance on plant equipment
  • Performs emergency repairs and minor adjustments to diesel engines up to 1000 hour preventive maintenance with no supervision
Qualifications for power plant operator
  • Participate in nuclear fuel handling activities such as preparation, transfer, loading, and unloading
  • Conduct inspections and operations outside of control rooms as necessary
  • Being responsible for your own safety and the safety of your co-workers at all times with the responsibility to notify co-workers and supervisors of safety issues immediately
  • Completing job specific training as assigned and always demonstrate responsible safe operation of plant and equipment
  • Learning and demonstrating functions associated with Power Plant operations and be able to assist in the daily operation of the plant
  • Learning and understanding redundancy operations including diagnostics and restart processes when responding to a systems emergency (power outage)
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Power Plant Operator Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a power plant operator. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for power plant operator
  • Report abnormal operating conditions and reroute power through alternate feeders to user areas in case of emergency cutouts or extensive scheduled repair
  • Notifies repair crews of the location of failure and assure that circuits are open and tagged before work is started
  • Serve as a Diesel Mechanic for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) services of prime power plant
  • Troubleshoot and repair diesel, gasoline, and/or multi-fuel engines (e.g., overhauling those of 3 to 16 cylinders and up to 2MW of power)
  • Supervises and participates in periodic maintenance functions such as but not limited to oil changes, filter changes, and engine cleaning
  • Actively participate and interact with team in order to meet objectives
  • Operates 900 #, and 135 # steam boilers in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Performs in-process control tests on boiler and heater water
  • Take readings once a shift, every 4 hours per shift, or every hour per shift as required by Power Plant operations on various site wide systems
  • Take readings eight times per shift on boilers (once each hour)
Qualifications for power plant operator
  • Strong background in diesel engine and electrical troubleshooting is preferred
  • Ability to be willing to learn the use of heavy floor care equipment
  • Blow down gauge glass and water column at the start of each shift
  • Clean area equipment and area each shift and remove any accumulated debris
  • Blow soot as required per schedule
  • Give each boiler a bottom blowdown Saturday 8-4 shift, log on log sheet
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Power Plant Operator Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of power plant operator. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for power plant operator
  • Performs and directs the performance of required operating functions
  • Retains responsibility for authorization, preparation, issuance, release and logging of all clearance and caution orders
  • In emergency or trouble cases, operates the station in accordance with standing orders and in accordance with own best judgment in the interest of protection of personnel and equipment and to restore normal operations
  • Learning and demonstrate functions associated with Power Plant operations and be able to assist in the daily operation of the plant
  • Learning and understand redundancy operations including diagnostics and restart processes when responding to a systems emergency (power outage)
  • Operate the plant on a shift basis in a safe and efficient manner to ensure the performance guarantees as per the O&M contract by maximizing availability and optimizing efficiency
  • Ensure that all work carried out is done within the Company’s Health and Safety rules and that the health and safety is not compromised by unsafe plant conditions
  • Operates and maintains boilers
  • Monitors meters and gauges for safe operation
  • Starts, stops or switches over boilers
Qualifications for power plant operator
  • Pomeroy, WA
  • A pre-employment drug test is required
  • Position requires employee to wear uniform and or/ protective clothing
  • Position may require overtime and/or shift work
  • Must be available to respond to call-outs seven days per week
  • Must reside within a reasonable distance from the facility in order to be available for call-outs and emergencies
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Power Plant Operator Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of power plant operator. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for power plant operator
  • Monitors gas and fuel oil levels
  • Monitors the operation of boiler room equipment
  • Prepares boilers and other equipment for state and insurance inspections
  • Logs information from meters and gauges, including diesel fuel levels
  • Monitors cooling tower operation, natural gas, liquid oxygen tanks and associated alarm panels
  • Monitoring and operating distributed control systems (DCS), turbine controls, and other related computer systems to perform start-ups and shut-downs of a 2x1 combined cycle power plant
  • Troubleshooting and taking corrective action during unit emergencies and alarm conditions
  • Take readings and maintaining logs and plant records of various plant processes
  • Opening and closing circuit breakers on transmission and distribution lines as assigned
  • Working with the Transmission System Operator to maintain loading of generating units during both normal and abnormal operations as required for grid demand
Qualifications for power plant operator
  • Starbuck, WA
  • A pre-employment medical examination is required
  • Clarks Hill, SC
  • Position requires working primarily inside, subject to electric hazards when working around high voltage equipment, mechanical hazards from working around rotating equipment, and constant noise from continuous operating machinery
  • Some of the Power Plant positions work in job families
  • The PPO is an hourly Leadership position that directs crew members and can perform the duties of an outside operator
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Power Plant Operator Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for a power plant operator. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for power plant operator
  • Identify and correct defects in equipment during preventative maintenance inspections
  • Install, troubleshoot and provide maintenance for typical ball & roller bearings
  • Operate hand tools, portable electric tools and maintenance shop equipment
  • Identify, plan, and execute mechanical maintenance tasks
  • Ensuring all plant operations and evolutions are safely maintained within required limits
  • Direct the Plant System Operator (PSO) in the daily operations of the plant
  • Assist in the development of operating procedures and training programs
  • May assist with or perform boiler feed water chemistry analysis
  • Assist with monitoring all equipment operating parameters during shift
  • May assist with or perform water chemistry analysis on plant feed water and take appropriate action
Qualifications for power plant operator
  • Performing chemical analysis and chemical control on steam, cooling and condensate systems
  • 4 years as a Stationary Engineer, including 3 years operating high-pressure boilers
  • Stationary Engineer Certification from City and County of Denver
  • Understand the operation of water, air, electric and fuel systems in a plant environment and their relationship to each other
  • Ability to follow plant equipment operating procedures and safety procedures
  • Ability to manage stress during abnormal plant conditions and quickly determine necessary corrective action

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