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Electrical Power Plant Operator

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Education
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At a Glance... header image

Safely and efficiently operates the equipment and machinery in a power plant.


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Jonathan Pugsley
Energy Manager

Jonathan Pugsley is the Energy Manager for Masonite Ireland. He holds an Honours Degree in Metallurgy from Brunel University. His main task is to continually improve any system within the company as part of a Lean Six Sigma culture.

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Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.

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Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.

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Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.

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Regulate equipment operations and conditions, such as water levels, based on instrument data or from computers.

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Take regulatory action, based on readings from charts, meters and gauges, at established intervals.

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Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary.

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Inspect records or log book entries or communicate with plant personnel to assess equipment operating status.

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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.

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Clean, lubricate, or maintain equipment, such as generators, turbines, pumps, or compressors, to prevent failure or deterioration.

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Communicate with systems operators to regulate and coordinate line voltages and transmission loads and frequencies.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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

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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.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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

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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.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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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.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Organisation: Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
Address: Head Office, 27 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 676 5831
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