ower Generation Equipment Repairers (52D) perform important roles in the effective and efficient operations of the U.S. Army. This is by virtue of their responsibilities in maintaining, operating and repairing electricity generation equipment in both mobile and stationary plants in and out of the country where the U.S. Army has its operations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Basically, Power Generation Equipment Army Repairers have the primary responsibility of performing and supervising the maintenance procedures for power generation equipment and its associated equipment including internal combustion engines. It must be emphasized that these professionals are not tasked with the rebuilding of power generation equipment and its associated equipment; only overhauling is included in their primary responsibilities. Also, except for turbine engine-driven generators, these professional repairers are tasked with the maintenance of power generation equipment of only up to 200 kilowatts.
Advanced-level Power Generation Equipment Army Repairers also train, supervise and guide their entry-level counterparts and other soldiers within the same sphere of work. These professionals have the primary responsibility of repairing and overhauling alternators, generators and starters; supervising the activities related to sustainment maintenance of precise power generation sets, among other equipment; and applying quality control and maintenance management in their various jobs.
Applicants are required to possess the following attributes to qualify for the training program:
Mandatory formal training for Power Generation Equipment Repairers is conducted by the USA Ordnance Center and School.
It consists of two parts:
The second part of formal training is divided into classroom instruction and on-field training where applicants are taught about power plant and electrical generator operations, generation and distribution; principles and practices of electrical and electronic circuitry; and diesel generator operation, among others.
However, formal training can be waived with the compliance to the ACASP qualification criteria. Applicants must have 2 years of experience as a powerhouse mechanic, a power plant mechanic or a gas turbine power plant mechanic. It is also possible to waive the formal training with a combination of 2 years of formal training coupled with work experience in any of the above mentioned civilian jobs.
The U.S. Army also implements additional skill identifier for Power Generation Equipment Repairers specifically "MAST and Electric Power Plant Maintenance."
Individuals who have an interest in working with electricity, large machinery and power generation are suited for the job of Power Generation Equipment Repairers. Also, the ability to work with both hand and power tools as well as with other professionals in a team are desirable personal skills.