CHIEF POWER PLANT OPERATOR (GAS POWERED) 7681
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class is responsible for the operation, repair and maintenance of a gas powered electric generating plant, including associated mechanical equipment. Responsibility may be included for supervising the work of operators, mechanics and other personnel assigned to the plant. Work is performed under the general direction of a higher ranking administrative employee. Does related work as required.
Schedules and/or performs overhaul, repair and maintenance of generating units and auxiliary equipment;
Oversees the starting up and shutting down of equipment in both routine and emergency situations;
Performs equipment inspections and/or reviews inspections done by staff;
Verifies safety after outages before issuing clearances;
Monitors and inspects equipment to assure proper functioning, and takes action to correct malfunctioning equipment and/or respond to emergency conditions;
May supervise the work of operators and mechanics;
Prepares reports to supervisor and to various governmental regulating agencies, as required.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of gas powered electric generating plant equipment including large engines, generators, and the auxiliary equipment associated with such equipment; thorough knowledge of the principles and procedures in operating the generating units; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of electric power load dispatching; thorough knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions; good knowledge of hand and power tools; skill in operating gas engines, electric generators, auxiliary equipment, hand and power tools; ability to recognize malfunctioning of mechanical and electrical equipment; ability to act and act quickly in emergencies; ability to plan, coordinate and supervise the work of employees in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; tact; courtesy; good judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma, and five (5) of years experience in the operation and repair of power plant equipment.
NOTE: Completion of courses in a vocational school program or from an apprenticeship or training program for plant operators or stationary engineers may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of four (4) years.