Working as an Operations Technical Officer in the electricity supply industry, you will plan and execute agreed plant and equipment maintenance strategies. You will complete inspections, manage start-up and shut down of boilers and turbines and adhere to maintenance management system compliance.

Summary of Training

  • Implement and monitor energy sector WHS policies and procedures
  • Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Analyse single protection device operation
  • Apply quality systems to work
  • Coordinate response to critical incidents
  • Coordinate team activities
  • Interpret and analyse multi-operation protection devices
  • Maintain quality systems within the team
  • Manage operational crisis to maintain or restore power system integrity
  • Manage Work Health and Safety policy and procedures  
  • Monitor and implement environmental site plans and procedures
  • Respond to a critical incident
  • Conduct multiple energy source isolation procedures for permit to work
  • Conduct single energy source isolation procedures for permit to work
  • Control electrical energy production
  • Coordinate permit to work system
  • Manage permit to work system
  • Manage quality control procedures
  • Operate and monitor a.c. electrical systems
  • Operate and monitor d.c. electrical systems
  • Plan and organise work
  • Establish innovative work environments
  • Conduct project management
  • Coordinate operational strategies for power production
  • Manage system restart
  • Monitor and maintain civil assets
  • Operate and monitor air conditioning plant and ventilation systems
  • Operate and monitor fuel firing plant -gas/oil
  • Tune process plant and equipment

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Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector

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Industry Group
Energy & Utilities

Work Type
Analytic & Investigative
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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 22/23: 4

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 18/10/2023. AATIS analysis.

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Operations Technical Officer - UEP50122
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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