Auxiliary Power Equipment Operator

Control and maintain auxiliary equipment for power generating facilities.

What does an Auxiliary Power Equipment Operator do?

Controls and maintains auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, filters, feedwater heaters, chlorinators, and condensers that supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, and auxiliary power for turbines, generators, boilers, and other power-generating plant facilities: Opens and closes valves and switches in prescribed sequence upon receipt of signal from TURBINE OPERATOR 952.362-042 or POWER-PLANT OPERATOR 952.382-018 to start or shut down auxiliary units. Reads temperature, pressure, and r.p.m. gauges to verify that units are operating at specified capacity, and listens for sounds from machinery that warn of mechanical malfunction. Replenishes electrolyte in batteries and oil in voltage transformers and resets tripped electric relays. Assists ELECTRICIAN, POWERHOUSE 820.261-014 in making electrical repairs. Cleans and lubricates equipment and collects oil, water, and electrolyte samples for laboratory analysis to prevent equipment failure or deterioration. Tightens leaking glands and pipe joints and reports need for major equipment repairs to POWER-PLANT OPERATOR. When working in nuclear-powered generating station, may help transfer fissionable material between vehicles and storage area. May fire up and shut down automatically regulated boilers [FIRER, HIGH PRESSURE 951.685-010].