The US Army maintains equipment and facilities on their bases, each of which requires a reliable supply of electric power. Every facility or Army base has to have a reliable supply of electricity to power their bases, equipment and infrastructure. Most Army bases receive power from civilian sources, both domestically and overseas, but because of the need to have reliable power no matter what an Army facility should have its own backup supply. The US Army Electric power specialist is the person that overseas and operates electrical supply systems for the Army. On bases overseas there may not be a sufficient source of electric power, so specific Army bases overseas generate their own electric power.
If you are a person who is detail oriented, and work well as part of a highly trained team, then this may be a job that you will excel at. If 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. 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. Working as a US Army production specialist and Electric Power Generation Repairer requires that you first attend Basic Combat Training. You will perform duties locating open circuits, grounds, short circuits and power distribution cables, finding and connecting emergency power supplies. You will repair and maintain electric equipment for both stationary and mobile electric power generation. At basic combat training you will spend nine weeks to learn how to become an enlisted Army person. You will attend class for 11 weeks, and learn various procedures for electric power maintenance systems. Advanced level power Generation equipment specialists will work to train other junior personnel, and supervise soldiers within their same job discipline. Serving in the Army as an Electric Power Generation specialist you will work to repair and maintain switchboards, control equipment, motors, generators and control 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.
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 proceed to an Individual advanced training school, where you will learn your job skills and training necessary for your specialty.