Electrical power in Alaska is commonly generated by diesel generator sets. To keep these sets properly maintained and operating, skilled operators are essential, especially in rural settings where these sets can be 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 train in a working
To graduate individuals demonstrating skills which would make them desirable employees in the field of power plant operation.
Length of Course
280 clock hours, 40 training days
January & March
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
TABE tests scores for this program must be:
Reading - 555
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 of Diesel Plant Operator and Assistant Diesel Plant Operator will be assigned upon successful completion of the training program, based on the student’s proficiency of the program’s competencies.
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.
To achieve a Power Plant Operator certificate, students must complete the following requirements in the table below.
Participate in school safety orientation, complete achievement tests, obtain First Aid & CPR card, participate in resume writing.
Follow safety procedures in normal and emergency power-plant operation situations.
Perform daily power-plant routines.
Tools of the Trade
Use required hand and measuring tools, meters, and fasteners to perform power-plant maintenance.
Explain operating theory of diesel engines; perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.
Describe the operation of engine lubrication systems; perform normal lubrication system service.
Describe the operation of engine cooling systems; perform normal cooling system service.
Diesel Fuel Systems
Describe the operation of diesel fuel systems; perform normal fuel system service; troubleshoot and replace defective fuel system components.
Electrical Theory and Generators
Explain electrical theory fundamentals; apply to servicing and troubleshooting generator set DC electrical systems; describe the operating principles of AC generator sets; diagnose and repair common AC generator set component failures; operate single and parallel generator sets under load conditions.