AVTEC

Power plant Program



AVTEC - Power Plant Operation StudentsElectrical power in Alaska is commonly generated by diesel generator sets with auxiliary wind, hydro, and solar power. Skilled operators are essential to keep the primary power generation systems properly maintained and operating, especially in rural Alaska where their systems are often the only source of a community's power.

Power Plant students train in a working power plant. Using a combination of hands-on and classroom instruction, students learn to perform routine maintenance and make common repairs on diesel-electric sets and related equipment. Students spend 60 percent of the course operating and maintaining diesel generator sets representative of installations in rural Alaska. The remainder of the course is spent in classroom instruction.

The Power Plant Operator I course provides the basic introduction into the construction, operation and routine maintenance of diesel engines, lubrication systems, cooling systems, fuel systems, and basic power plant operating and maintenance procedures.

The Power Plant Operator II course provides training on the more advanced preventive maintenance, service, and operating procedures for three phase generators including diesel fuel injection systems, industrial controls, and switchgear.

Mission

To graduate individuals demonstrating skills which would make them desirable employees in the field of power plant operation.

Length of Course

Power Plant Operator I Course - 140 clock hours, 20 training days

Power Plant Operator II Course - 140 clock hours, 20 training days

Power Plant Operator Complete Program - 280 clock hours, 40 training days

Enrollment

January, February, October and November

Training Hours

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Entry Requirements

TABE tests scores for this program must be:

Reading - 555
Combined Math - 552

For specific program entry guidelines and testing requirements in reading and mathematics, contact the Admissions Office at (800) 478-5389.

Physical requirements of the occupation are the ability to lift 100 lbs., carry 50 lbs., and stoop, kneel, crawl, walk, and stand continuously. The work also requires good finger dexterity and the ability to distinguish colors accurately.

Occupational Levels

Occupational levels of Diesel Power Plant Operator and Assistant Diesel Power Plant Operator will be assigned upon successful completion of both the Power Plant Operator I and Power Plant Operator II courses.

Students spend 60% of the course operating and maintaining diesel generator sets representative of installations in rural Alaska. The remainder of the course is spent in classroom instruction.

Program Content

To achieve a Power Plant Operator certificate, students must complete the following requirements in the table below.

Course Hours
 Related Studies 40
 Safety 20
 Routines 20
 Tools of the Trade 20
 Diesel Engines 30
 Lubrication 10
 Cooling 10
 Diesel Fuel System 20
 Electrical Theory and Generators 90
 Switch Gear Operation  20
Total 280

POWER PLANT OPERATOR I COURSE

Related Studies

Participate in school safety orientation, complete achievement tests, obtain First Aid & CPR card.
Note: Related Studies courses are typically offered evenings and weekends only.

Safety

Follow safety procedures in normal and emergency power-plant operation situations.

Preventive Maintenance Routines

Perform daily power-plant PM routines.

Tools of the Trade

Use required hand and standard measuring tools, meters, and fasteners to perform power-plant maintenance.

Diesel Engines

Explain operating theory of diesel engines; perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.

Lubrication

Describe the operation of engine lubrication systems; perform normal lubrication system service.

Cooling

Describe the operation of engine cooling systems; perform normal cooling system service.

Basic Diesel Fuel System

Describe the operation of diesel fuel systems; perform normal fuel system service; perform preventive maintenance on fuel system components.

Basic Electrical Theory and Genset Principles

Explain electrical theory fundamentals; observe and measure electrical quantities while performing basic service procedures on the DC electrical systems of gensets; describe the operating principles of AC generator sets; become familiar with common AC generator set components while measuring AC electrical quantities.

Basic Switch Gear Operation

Operate single and parallel generator sets under normal load conditions.

POWER PLANT OPERATOR II COURSE 

Related Studies

Participate in resume writing and workplace communications classes.
Note: Related Studies courses are typically offered evenings and weekends only.

Safety

Follow safety procedures in normal and emergency power-plant operation situations.

Preventive Maintenance Routines

Perform daily power-plant PM routines.

Tools of the Trade

Use required hand and precision measuring tools, meters, and fasteners to perform power-plant maintenance.

Diesel Fuel System

Perform complete fuel injection system service; troubleshoot and replace defective fuel system components.

Electrical Theory and Generators

Apply electrical theory to servicing and troubleshooting generator set DC electrical systems; troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair common AC generator set component failures; operate single and parallel generator sets under load conditions.

Switch Gear Operation

Operate single and parallel generator sets under normal load and fault conditions, and with auxiliary wind power online.

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