Power generating plant operators control or operate machinery, such as steam-drive (turbine) generators, to generate electric power, often through the use of panel boards, control boards, or semi-automatic equipment. They monitor and adjust control and switchboard gauges to determine that electrical power distribution meets specifications and generates specified electrical power. They compile and record operational data on specified forms. They also examine, test, maintain and repair electrical power distribution machinery and equipment, using testing devices and hand tools.
Work is primarily performed indoors (80%) in an environmentally controlled setting requiring repetitive motions to handle, manipulate or feel objects, tools, or controls requiring a high degree of accuracy sometimes in awkward positions or cramped spaces. The work may require the use of common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets. Workers in this occupation are also occasionally exposed to contaminants such as pollutants, gases, dust, odors and/or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable and to hazardous equipment.
Length of Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship is a competency-based program that utilizes task signoffs to indicate progress through the program. The time periods for the various tasks are listed as guidelines only. The apprentice shall progress by completing 6 major blocks of tasks (referred to as major milestones). It is expected that the average apprentice with no prior experience should take 3 years and require approximately 6000 hours to progress through the program. However no apprentice may obtain a journeyman designation until s/he has spent at least 3 years in the program.
Apprentice applicants must be at least 18 years of age. They must provide proof of high school graduation (Diploma) or GED equivalence. In addition they must complete the NJATC aptitude test at a level 6 or above.
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