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Electrical Utility Operator

Published
Time-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
New York Power Authority
Industries
O*Net Code
51-8013.00
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
15720
State
NY
Created
Aug 27, 2021
Updated
Aug 27, 2021

Time-Based Skills

7 skill sets | 36 total skills
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 - 6000 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 - 600 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 - 3300 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 - 3500 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 - 1800 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 - 200 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 - 320 req. hrs
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 - 3666 req. hrs
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

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