About This Career
Coordinates, regulates, or distributes electricity or steam.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Responds to emergencies, such as transformer or transmission line failures, and routes current around affected areas.
- Prepares switching orders that will isolate work areas without causing power outages, referring to drawings of power systems.
- Controls, monitors, or operates equipment that regulates or distributes electricity or steam, using data obtained from instruments or computers.
- Coordinates with engineers, planners, field personnel, or other utility workers to provide information such as clearances, switching orders, or distribution process changes.
- Distributes or regulates the flow of power between entities, such as generating stations, substations, distribution lines, or users, keeping track of the status of circuits or connections.
- Records and compiles operational data, such as chart or meter readings, power demands, or usage and operating times, using transmission system maps.
- Manipulates controls to adjust or activate power distribution equipment or machines.
- Tracks conditions that could affect power needs, such as changes in the weather, and adjusts equipment to meet any anticipated changes.
- Calculates load estimates or equipment requirements to determine required control settings.
- Directs personnel engaged in controlling or operating distribution equipment or machinery, such as instructing control room operators to start boilers or generators.