A power plant engineer may be present during the planning and construction phases of a power plant. Once the power plant is in operation, maintenance and upgrading activities are carried out by the engineer. It is important to know if there are any new developments in the field that will make the power plant operate more efficiently, so prospective changes can be proposed to management. The engineer may be expected to oversee the work of fixed employees and third-party contractors, to make sure that work is done correctly and safety. It is important to have advanced knowledge regarding power plant mechanical systems and processes.
Situations may sometimes be stressful, such as when there are emergencies and machinery breaks down. The power plant engineer should be able to make quick repairs. It is important to be proficient with hand and power tools. Work must also be assigned by the power plant engineer, especially in an outage situation, and this work should be supervised to make sure it is done right. Maintenance and inspections on equipment should be done a regular basis to minimize the risks of machinery failing. Scheduling of work may also be done by the power plant engineer.
Usually, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is needed. Experience related to power plant operations should also be possessed. Sometimes work conditions can be uncomfortable, as some workspaces may be confined and temperatures may be extreme. The ability to walk and stand for long periods of time, to bend and stoop, and to work at heights are often specified physical requirements.
Power Plant Engineer Tasks
Provide engineering expertise and support, evaluate and maintain systems.
Supervise and coordinate equipment repairs, tests, and installation.
Develop and implement programs, performance reports and engineering budget and timeline.
Serve as liaison for internal and external contractors and teams.