Power Plant Operation

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Power Plant students train in a fully functional power plant on 50-200 kW generator sets that represent the types of units used throughout Alaska. Using a combination of 60% hands-on and classroom instruction and the remainder of the course in classroom instruction, students learn to operate, perform routine maintenance and make common repairs on diesel generator sets and related equipment. Students learn basic generator set operational skills up to troubleshooting the exciter/alternator sections of the generator, perform engine and auxiliary system maintenance and troubleshooting, and practice waste management skills. The course focus is on skills that optimize power plant efficiency and decrease operational costs.
The Power Plant Operation I class provides the basic introduction into the construction, operation and routine maintenance of diesel engines, diesel engine lubrication systems, diesel engine cooling systems, diesel engine fuel systems as well as the day to day routines necessary to properly operate and maintain a diesel power house.
The Power Plant Operation II class provides a more advanced exploration into diesel fuel injection systems, the electronics associated with diesel powered generator sets, switchgear operation, and servicing of three phase AC generators. Occupational levels of Diesel Power Plant Operator or Assistant Diesel Power Plant Operator will be assigned upon successful completion of the training program, based on the student’s proficiency of the program’s competencies in both Power Plant Operation I & Power Plant Operation II classes. To achieve a Power Plant Operator certificate, students must successfully complete both the Power Plant Operation I and Power Plant Operation II classes.

Program Location: 
Industrial Electricity, 1912 Leier Road, Seward, AK
Training Clock Hours: 
280
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.
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Occupational Levels: 
Diesel Power Plant Operator
Assistant Diesel Power Plant Operator

The mission of the Power Plant Operation course is to impart to graduates the skills and knowledge necessary to reliably and efficiently operate and maintain rural power plants.

Instructors
Department Head, Industrial Electricity Instructor
Dan Logan

Enrollment
Prerequisites: 

TABE tests scores for this program must be:

Reading                555

Combined Math    552

Enrollment: 
January, February, October and November
Program Requirements: 

 

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

 

 

 

Courses
Program Courses: 
  • Cooling PPO-I

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

    Training Clock Hours: 10
  • Diesel Engines PPO-I

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

    Training Clock Hours: 40
  • Diesel Fuel System PPO-I

    Explain the operation of diesel fuel systems; perform normal fuel system service; troubleshoot and replace defective fuel system components.

    Training Clock Hours: 20
  • Diesel Fuel System PPO-II

    Perform fuel injection system services; troubleshoot and replace defective fuel system components. 

    Training Clock Hours: 25
  • Electrical Theory and Generators PPO-I

    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.

    Training Clock Hours: 30
  • Electrical Theory and Generators PPO-II

    Explain both AC and DC electrical theory fundamentals; apply this knowledge 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 loaded conditions.

    Training Clock Hours: 80
  • Lubrication PPO-I

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

    Training Clock Hours: 10
  • Routines PPO-I

    Perform daily power-plant routines.

    Training Clock Hours: 10
  • Routines PPO-II

    Perform daily power-plant routines. 

    Training Clock Hours: 10
  • Safety and Orientation PPO-I

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

    Training Clock Hours: 10
  • Safety and Orientation PPO-II

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

    Training Clock Hours: 15
  • Tools of the Trade PPO-I

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

    Training Clock Hours: 10
  • Tools of the Trade PPO-II

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

    Training Clock Hours: 10
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