Electrical Utility Operator

Time-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
New York Power Authority
Industries
O*Net Code
51-8013.00
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
15720
State
NY
Created
Apr 29, 2021
Updated
Apr 29, 2021

Time-Based Skills

7 skill sets | 36 total skills | 15720 total hours
Safety & Workplace Orientation - 320 req. hrs
Demonstrate understanding of workplace structure.
80 hrs
Practice working safely around machinery, equipment, and throughout shopfloor.
80 hrs
Demonstrate an understanding of electrical power.
80 hrs
understand safety needs particular to electricity, especially at high voltages.
80 hrs
Bulk Electrical System (BES) Substations and Distribution - 6320 req. hrs
Demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of monitored/interconnected systems and how to obtain equipment readings as required per site policies and procedures.
2000 hrs
Safely perform electrical switching of plant/yard Power Circuit Breakers (PCBs), switchgear, auxiliary and support equipment, disconnects and switchers, load-break switches, and all associated equipment per policy and procedures.
2000 hrs
Recognize and diagnose abnormal operating conditions of the BES and determine the proper corrective actions per appropriate policies and procedures.
2000 hrs
Relaying and Metering - 6920 req. hrs
Recognize and accurately record protection and control relay diagnostic information.
200 hrs
Demonstrate knowledge and ability to correctly reset tripped transmission And distribution system protection relays
200 hrs
Accurately identify and record the appropriate readings from revenue metering (if applicable).
200 hrs
Generating Units and Facility Auxiliaries - 10220 req. hrs
Independently operate and monitor plant generation unit(s) in accordance with policies and procedures.
300 hrs
Independently operate and monitor high voltage (HV) cable system during normal and abnormal operating conditions at the power plant.
300 hrs
Independently operate generator auxiliary pumps/plant pumps during normal and abnormal operating conditions in accordance with policies and procedures.
300 hrs
Operate all air systems’ air compressors during all modes of plant operations.
300 hrs
Demonstrate knowledge and ability to operate all plant emergency generators during abnormal operating conditions.
300 hrs
Demonstrate knowledge of proper function and identify when filters require flushing or cleaning.
300 hrs
Perform unit inspections for running, shutdown, or standby of units and ensure auxiliary equipment functions as designed.
300 hrs
Safely perform switching of units/auxiliary equipment.
300 hrs
Properly diagnose alarms when they sound; describe consequences of failure to respond.
300 hrs
Inspect day-to-day lighting in facility, and inspect emergency lighting; Perform preventative maintenance (PM) and ensure reliability of lighting.
300 hrs
Identify and locate essential Motor Control Centers (MCCs) and switchgear equipment.
300 hrs
Control Room - 13720 req. hrs
Perform all general administrative functions during normal and abnormal operations.
500 hrs
Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to monitor and perform all reactive power monitoring and control as directed by the Transmission Owner/Generator Operator.
500 hrs
Demonstrate knowledge and ability to independently monitor the plant generating units and essential auxiliary support systems using Supervisory Control and
500 hrs
Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, generator control system, and Automatic Generator Control (AGC) system.
500 hrs
Demonstrate an understanding of water/fuel management at respective site(s). Perform calculations and communicate results to appropriate personnel. Demonstrate an understanding of upper and lower water/fuel levels, and understand the consequences of operating outside limits at respective site(s).
500 hrs
Schedule outages to minimize downtime for power availability, and to maximize efficiency.
500 hrs
Demonstrate an understanding of transmission line contingencies and Transmission line limits per site policies and procedures.
500 hrs
Contingency Protocol/Safety Procedures - 15520 req. hrs
Perform plant operator’s duties per Lock Out/Tag Out (LO/TO) procedure.
300 hrs
Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency to perform operator actions during blackout conditions; perform “Black Start” operations.
300 hrs
Demonstrate knowledge of emergency action plan. Independently perform emergency action plan (if necessary).
300 hrs
Demonstrate knowledge of proper response to environmental emergency. Respond using formal communication protocol (3-part communication), proper spill or emergency containment according to policies and procedures (if applicable).
300 hrs
Demonstrate knowledge of proper response to a fire condition. Respond to a fire condition (if necessary).
300 hrs
Demonstrate knowledge of terrorist threat identification, and procedure for contacting proper authorities.
300 hrs
Life Safety Systems - 15720 req. hrs
Demonstrate ability to identify proper use of life safety system during emergency and normal/standby plant operations.
100 hrs
Demonstrate proper response to/identification of all applicable plant Evacuation alarms.
100 hrs

Technical Instruction

Safety & Health
Basic Industrial Safety or OSHA 10-Hour General Industry course
# | 32 hrs
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
# | 32 hrs
Lock-Out/Tag-Out (LO/TO)
# | 32 hrs
National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Arc Flash Training
# | 32 hrs
Fall Prevention
# | 32 hrs
Proper Lifting Techniques
# | 32 hrs
Confined Space Safety
# | 32 hrs
Right-to-Know/Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
# | 32 hrs
First Aid
# | 32 hrs
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
# | 32 hrs
Trade Theory and Science
Elementary Blueprint Reading and Sketching
# | 94 hrs
Blueprint Reading and Sketching for Electricians
# | 94 hrs
Electrical Circuit Diagrams
# | 94 hrs
Reading Specifications and Technical Manuals
# | 94 hrs
Fundamentals of Electricity, Basic and Advanced
# | 94 hrs
The Role of Hydroelectric in the Power System
# | 94 hrs
Hydro Power Stations
# | 94 hrs
Water Management
# | 94 hrs
Hydro Turbines
# | 94 hrs
Turbine Monitoring & Control
# | 94 hrs
Hydro Generators
# | 94 hrs
Generator Monitoring & Control
# | 94 hrs
Plant Auxiliaries
# | 94 hrs
Electrical Equipment Operation
# | 94 hrs
Hydroelectric Plant Operation & Maintenance
# | 94 hrs
Standard Switching Procedures and Practices
# | 94 hrs
Power Plant Science
# | 94 hrs
Rotating Plant Equipment (Pumps, Compressors, and Fans)
# | 94 hrs
Non-Rotating Equipment (Valves, Heat Exchangers, and Filters & Strainers)
# | 94 hrs
Troubleshooting Techniques
# | 94 hrs
Motor Control Centers (MCCs) & Switchgear (15Kv and below)
# | 94 hrs
Cooling & Lubrication
# | 94 hrs
Generator Operations & Control
# | 94 hrs
Line Grounding Methods
# | 94 hrs
Mechanical Plant Systems
# | 94 hrs
Monitoring & Control Communications
# | 94 hrs
Instrumentation & Control
# | 94 hrs
DC Motors & Generators
# | 94 hrs
Transformer Theory
# | 94 hrs
AC Generators
# | 94 hrs
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Theory & Operation
# | 94 hrs
Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Power Plant Operations Course
# | 94 hrs
Power Transmission (Transmission & Distribution Breakers and Switches, System Voltage Control, and System Frequency & Tie Line Control)
# | 94 hrs
System Security
# | 94 hrs
Unit Start and Stop
# | 94 hrs
New York State Independent System Operator (NYISO) and Transmission System
# | 94 hrs
Operator/Generator Operator Policies and Procedures
# | 94 hrs
Abnormal Condition Operation
# | 94 hrs
Power System Protection, Beginner and Advanced
# | 94 hrs