Each military base – anywhere in the world – must have its own electricity.
Power plant electricians maintain and
repair electricity generating equipment in mobile and stationary power plants.
What They Do
Power plant electricians perform some or all of the following duties:
- Maintain and repair motors, generators, switchboards, and control equipment
- Maintain and repair power and lighting circuits, electrical fixtures, and other electrical equipment
- Detect and locate grounds, open circuits, and short circuits in power distribution cables
- Read technical guides and diagrams to locate damaged parts of generators and control equipment
Helpful school subjects include electrical and electronic theory, math, and technical drawing.
- Ability to use hand and power tools
- Interest in electricity
- Interest in working with machinery
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in maintaining electrical power systems. Course
length varies depending on specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content
- Generator and power plant operations
- Electrical generation and distribution
- Diesel generator operation, disassembly, inspection, and maintenance
- Principles of electrical and electronic circuitry
Power plant electricians work in repair shops on land, aboard ships, or wherever generating equipment needing repair is
Civilian power plant electricians often work for construction companies, manufacturers, and utility companies. They
perform duties similar to military power plant electricians.