The Army has to have a reliable supply of electricity for its bases. Every base must have its own electric supply, in addition to any supply they may have from civilian sources, they also have to have a backup source independent of any outside source. Also on bases overseas there may not be a sufficient source of electric power, so specific Army bases overseas generate their own electric power. 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 repair and maintain electric equipment for both stationary and mobile electric power generation.
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, grounds, short circuits and power distribution cables, finding and connecting emergency power to switchboards from main control boards, performing maintenance on power generation sets, associated equipment, tactical utility and electronic test equipment.
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Training to become an Electric Power Generation Repair and production specialist requires that you first attend Basic Combat Training. You will attend training for nine weeks to learn how to become a enlisted Army person. After Boot camp 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.
You will learn about electric power and distribution, power plant operations and generator operations, inspection, disassembly and diesel generation operations, principals of electronic circuitry, and electrical power theory. 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. Advanced level power Generation equipment specialists will work to train other junior personnel, and supervise soldiers within their same job discipline. You will work to repair fuel injectors, switches, generators, alternators, starters, and control circuits. 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, and if you have an interest in electricity or electrical theory then this may be a good job specialty for you.