Combustion Turbine Operator
Make sure the engines running your power plant stay online and safe.
Gas Plant Operators are responsible for making sure that natural gas is moving safely through the pipelines, and that the gas leaving the plant is pure and ready for use. Since natural gas is incredibly volatile, it’s incredibly dangerous. If pressure is allowed to build up in the pipes, an explosion could occur. It’s this sense of danger that keeps Gas Plant Operators alert and on their toes during the entire workday, even if they forget to drink their morning coffee.
As a Gas Plant Operator, you spend much of your day analyzing data. You look at the pressure gauges to make sure the gas is flowing without obstruction. You also examine temperature readings inside the pipes to detect early signs of problems. Additionally, you take samples to check that no impurities are infiltrating the gas itself.
If you spot a problem, you move quickly. You divert gas from one pipe to another. Then you look for leaks and faulty equipment, and repair them. If you can’t make those repairs yourself, you call in a Technician to tackle the job.
You inspect your equipment weekly to make sure it’s operating normally. You also conduct routine maintenance on it, such as oil changes and belt replacements, to ensure that it doesn’t malfunction when it’s needed.
Each step you take during your workday must be recorded. This allows your Supervisors to check your work, and to keep track of small changes that could add up to big problems.