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Power-Generating Plant Operators
Power-Generating Plant Operators
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power-Generating Plant Operators
Summary Job Description Tasks
Control or operate machinery, such as steam-driven turbogenerators, to generate electric power, often through the use of panelboards, control boards, or semi-automatic equipment. Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.
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.
Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary.
Inspect records or log book entries or communicate with plant personnel to assess equipment operating status.
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.
Clean, lubricate, or maintain equipment, such as generators, turbines, pumps, or compressors, to prevent failure or deterioration.
Communicate with systems operators to regulate and coordinate line voltages and transmission loads and frequencies.
Record and compile operational data by completing and maintaining forms, logs, or reports.
Open and close valves and switches in sequence to start or shut down auxiliary units.
Collect oil, water, or electrolyte samples for laboratory analysis.
Make adjustments or minor repairs, such as tightening leaking gland and pipe joints.
Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels.
Place standby emergency electrical generators on line in emergencies and monitor the temperature, output, and lubrication of the system.
Receive outage calls and request necessary personnel during power outages or emergencies.
Examine and test electrical power distribution machinery and equipment, using testing devices.
Replenish electrolytes in batteries and oil in voltage transformers, and reset tripped electric relays.
Control or operate machinery, such as steam-driven turbogenerators, to generate electric power, often through the use of panelboards, control boards, or semi-automatic equipment.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power-Generating Plant Operators
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power-Generating Plant Operators
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power-Generating Plant Operators
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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 there is a problem.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power-Generating Plant Operators
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software Facilities management software
Continuous emissions monitoring systems CEMS software Industrial control software
Distributed control systems DCS software Industrial control software
Email software Electronic mail software
Emerson Ovation Industrial control software
Gas field monitoring system software Industrial control software
General Electric Mark VI Distributed Control System DCS Industrial control software
General Electric Mark VI Integrated Control System ICS Industrial control software
Interlock shutdown systems Industrial control software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Safety instrumented system SIS software Industrial control software
Siemens Power Plant Automation SPPA Industrial control software
Siemens Teleperm Industrial control software
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software Industrial control software
Teknik Segala OSI Plant Information PI System Industrial control software
Yokogawa FAST/TOOLS Industrial control software
Absorbers Absorbent booms
Air filtration mask Facial shields
Air heaters Process air heaters
Analog panel meters Graphic recorders
Annunciators Alarm systems
Attemperators Process air heaters
Belt conveyors Belt conveyors
Blowers Blowers
Boiler gauge glasses Sight flow windows
Bucket elevators Bucket conveyors
Catalytic sensors Catalytic combustion analyzers
Chain conveyors Chain conveyors
Circulating fluidized bed CFB boilers Water tube boiler
Coal dryers Air dryers
Combustion engines Gas engines
Combustion turbines Turbine engines
Condensers Condensing units
Conductivity probes Conductivity meters
Control boards Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
Cooling towers Evaporative coolers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Diesel driven generators Diesel generators
Digital panel meters Graphic recorders
Digital readouts Digital readout recorders
Direct current DC motors Direct current DC motors
Dry scrubber systems Air scrubbers
Electrical switch gear Substation load control switchgears
Excitation systems Electrostatic apparatus
Fin fan heat exchangers Heat exchangers
Fire tube boilers Fire tube boilers
Flow meters Flowmeters
Flow transmitters Flow transmitters
Flue gas desulferization systems Air scrubbers
Gas detectors Combustible or hazardous gas detectors for power generators
Gas generators Gas generators
Geothermal binary turbines Thermal engines
Grease guns Grease guns
Hard hats Hard hats
Heat pumps Heat pumps
Heat recovery steam generators Steam generators
Igniters Boiler or Heater Ignitor
Impact crushers Impact crushers
Level transmitters Level sensors or transmitters
Limit switches Limit switches
Mainframe computers Mainframe computers
Motor compressors Motor compressors
Oil filters Oil filters
Oil guns Oil gun
Orifice plates Venturis
Panel boards Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
Plate exchangers Heat exchangers
Power transformers Power supply transformers
Pressure transmitters Pressure transmitters
Pulverizers Pulverizing machinery
Purge pumps Sampling pumps
Rotameters Rotameters
Screens Fixed screens
Screw conveyors Conveyor screw
Selective catalytic reactors Wet scrubbers
Selective non-catalytic reactors Wet scrubbers
Self-contained breathing apparatus Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories
Shell and tube heat exchangers Heat exchangers
Signal converters Signal converters
Soot blowers Blowers
Steam condensers Condensing units
Steam distribution systems Steam engines
Steam driven turbogenerators Steam generators
Steam gauges Pressure indicators
Steam turbines Steam engines
Switch yard equipment Switchyard disconnect switches
Temperature transmitters Temperature transmitters
Touch screen monitors Touch screen monitors
Transformer controls Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
Turbine flow meters Flowmeters
Unit governors Electrical or power regulators
Vacuum pumps Vacuum pumps
Vibration monitors Vibration testers
Water filters Water filters
Water gauges Pressure indicators
Water heaters Commercial water heaters
Water pumps Water pumps
Water softeners Water softening accessories
Water treatment equipment Water purification equipment
Wet scrubbers Wet scrubbers
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power-Generating Plant Operators
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
Required Level of Education Some College Courses
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power-Generating Plant Operators
Alternate Job Title(s)
Auxiliary Equipment Tender
Auxiliary Operator
Auxiliary Power Equipment Operator
Boiler Operator
Booster Operator
Booster Plant Operator
Booster Pump Operator
Carbon Capture Power Plant Engineer
Carbon Capture Power Plant Manager
Carbon Capture Power Plant Operator
Carbon Sequestration Plant Engineer
Carbon Sequestration Plant Manager
Carbon Sequestration Plant Operator
Coal Gasification Technician
Cogeneration Technician
Control Center Operator
Control Operator
Control Room Operator
Diesel Plant Operator
Electric Operator
Equipment Operator
Generator Operator
High Pressure Firer
Hydro Plant Operator
Hydro Station Operator
Hydroelectric Operator
Hydroelectric Plant Operator
Hydroelectric Plant Power Generation Engineer
Hydroelectric Station Operator
Hydrogen Plant Operations Manager
Hydrogen Plant Operator
Hydrogen Power Plant Engineer
Hydrogen Power Plant Manager
Instrument/Control Technician
Instrumentation/Controls/Electrical Systems Technician (ICE Technician)
Operations and Maintenance Gas Turbine Technician
Operations and Maintenance Technician (O & M Technician)
Plant Control Operator
Power Generating Plant Operator
Power Operator
Power Plant Control Room Operator
Power Plant Operator
Power Plant Technician
Power Station Operator
Powerhouse Attendent
Powerhouse Operator
Powerhouse Tender
Process Operator
Rectifier Operator
Station Operator
Station Tender
Stationary Engineer
Steam Turbine Operator
Turbine Operator
Turbine Room Attendant
Turbo Electric Operator
Turbo Operator
Unit Operator
Utility Plant Operative
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power-Generating Plant Operators
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