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Operate a turbine

Unit Descriptor This is a Specialist unit. It covers the skills and knowledge required to for continuous and short term operation of a turbine and for start up and shut down after a prolonged break. This unit is based on the following Worksafe Australia Standards for Users and Operators of Industrial Equipment - NOHSC 1006 (2001):- Start steam turbine, Operate and monitor turbine, and Shut down turbine. Turbine operators holding a ticket from the relevant state regulatory authority will be granted equivalence in this unit SUGPOTB2A Operate a turbine for the purpose of issuing a qualification.

1 . Prepare the turbine for operation
  1. Pre-operational checks are conducted

  2. Health and safety hazards / maintenance requirements are identified and reported to appropriate personnel according to workplace reporting procedures

2 . Start and monitor turbine operation
  1. The turbine is started and brought on line safely according to workplace procedures and manufacturer's recommendations

  2. Plant is operated within limits of manufacturer's specifications to meet workplace requirements

  3. Equipment is monitored to confirm operating condition

  4. The workplace meets housekeeping standards

3 . Analyse and respond to abnormal performance
  1. Operating data and plant operating conditions are analysed to identify causes of abnormal performance

  2. Corrective action is taken in accordance with workplace procedures in response to Hazards and abnormal plant performance

  3. Emergency procedures are implemented as required according to workplace procedures and manufacturer's recommendations

4 . Handover turbine operations
  1. Workplace records are maintained in accordance with statutory requirements and workplace procedures

  2. Handover is carried out according to workplace procedure

  3. Turbine operators are aware of turbine status and related equipment at completion of handover

5 . Shutdown the turbine
  1. The turbine is operationally shut down according to workplace procedures and manufacturer's recommendations

  2. Valves and fittings are removed in preparation for maintenance as required

  3. The turbine is stored in shut down mode

  4. Maintenance requirements are identified and reported according to workplace reporting procedure

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Evidence Guide

Ability to:

May include ability to:

Knowledge of:

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Pre-requisite units

There are no pre-requisite units for this competency standard.

Co-assessment of related units

Other units of competency relevant to the work role should be assessed in conjunction with this unit. This may include:

Resources required for assessment

Assessment must occur in a real or simulated workplace where the assessee has access to:

Assessment requirements

For assessment advice where the turbine operation is not a certified occupation, refer to the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package. Where turbine operation is a certificated occupation, refer to the appropriate NOHSC competency standards, available from National Occupational Health and Safety Commission.