Operator Training

Improperly trained steam and power generation equipment operating personnel can make very costly and sometimes unsafe mistakes. An essential part of executing the complete design and construction of a steam and power generation facility is the development of a comprehensive and specific operator training program. ESI conducts the necessary training to ensure that the client operating personnel are well qualified to safely operate the system.

If your steam or power facility lacks a formal, organized, thorough, and systematic approach to the training of operating personnel, ESI provides three levels of operator-training services: Basic, Advanced, and Recurrent.

Basic Training – In the Basic Training Program, the core knowledge necessary to build a true understanding of powerhouse components is established including: boilers, water treatment systems, steam and combustion turbines, burners and pollution control equipment. This training is generic in nature and is meant to familiarize the operations staff with how the different components that they encounter everyday function, standard operating procedures, the potential dangers associated with this equipment, and how to avoid making potentially disastrous decisions. The training occurs at the plant site with a class size of up to 15 operations and maintenance technicians. Each operator is provided a manual that can be used for reference and each operator will be tested both before and after the training to determine the level of comprehension of each concept.

Advanced Training – In the Advanced Training Program, ESI customizes the training for your particular powerhouse facility. ESI would visit the site to gather information from the operations staff, review the facility’s existing documentation, and observe the system operation. A full-scale training program would then be developed including a manual customized for the facility. The training would consist of both classroom and hands-on sessions. Many of the core concepts taught during the basic training would be included; however, they would be tailored to the specific facility equipment. Advanced training would also include operational guidelines; suggestions for periodic review of the equipment and its operating parameters, and safety guidelines along with specific warnings with consequences of improper actions spelled out. Once again, ESI recommends testing each operator both before and after the training to insure comprehension.

Recurrent Training – The Recurrent Training Program is designed to provide continuous effective operation of your steam or power generating facility by forming an alliance between ESI and your operating staff. The Advanced Training Program is a prerequisite for the Recurrent Training Program. The program offers recurrent annual training for your operators, comprehensive training of up to two new personnel per year, and an annual inspection of your facility including a written report outlining any findings and suggestions for improvements in operations and maintenance. Probably the best feature of all is that with this program, ESI will be on-call 24/7 to your operations staff to answer questions and troubleshoot problems.