One of the primary requirements for efficient US Army operations is a reliable supply of necessary infrastructure and utilities. This means that different Army facilities must have the supplies, fuel, and electricity needed for its Army missions. Each US Army facility or base needs its own independent source of electricity, for when the supply from a civilian source fails, they must have a backup source independent of any outside source. The ability of the Army to obtain its own source of power can be vital to making sure that the Army mission is being accomplished.
When the Army functions at sites overseas, there can often not be sources of power that are sufficient, so the Army is forced to generate its own power on more of a regular basis. Working in electric power generation in the Army you will be responsible to keep in working order, repairing and maintaining equipment used for electric power generation. You will be required to maintain and repair specific US Army electric generation equipment, for both mobile electric power and stationary power generation equipment. As you continue in your specialty you will continue in training with on the job training from other personnel both on base and on mobile locations. If you are a person who is detail oriented, and work well as part of a highly trained team, and you enjoy working with large machinery this can be a part of a highly technical field. Serving in the Army as a Electric Power Generation specialist you will work to repair and maintain switchboards, control equipment, motors, generators and control equipment, locating open circuits, and other electronic generation issue. You will learn about electric power and distribution, power plant operations and generator operations, inspection, disassembly and Power Generation issues. You will start with attending basic training, and then progress to advanced level power Generation training. You will proceed to an Individual advanced training school, where you will learn your job skills and training necessary for your specialty. You will attend class for 11 weeks, and learn various procedures for electric power maintenance systems.
Part of your time you will be in simulated training on the job, and part of the time you will be in training in the classroom. Some of the issues you will receive training on include main control boards, performing maintenance on power generation sets, associated equipment, tactical utility and electronic test equipment.