Troubleshoot and rectify power generation system


This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to identify, diagnose and rectify power quality and distribution faults and report operational data relevant to power generation systems in the pulp or paper industry.

This unit applies to to senior operators and production specialists who troubleshoot and rectify power generation systems, in a pulp and paper manufacturing facility. This typically involves working in a facility with complex integrated equipment and continuous operations.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit in some states and territories at the time of publication and may differ according to jurisdiction.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.

1. Identify and diagnose causes of faults

1.1. Identify faults according to work health and safety (WHS) and environmental procedures, safe working requirements, productivity requirements, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), risks and hazard identification and housekeeping requirements.

1.2. Interpret abnormal plant conditions and system alarms to determine type and location of fault.

1.3. Identify faults through physical inspections of plant, equipment and processes.

1.4. Identify and locate the cause and source of fault and take appropriate actions.

1.5. Access and refer to relevant historical data to confirm fault diagnosis.

1.6. Communicate diagnosis to relevant personnel as required.

2. Rectify faults

2.1. Rectify faults within work health and safety (WHS) and environmental procedures, safe working requirements, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

2.2. Implement shutdown and isolation procedures, as required.

2.3. Repair or replace faulty equipment

2.4. Adjust process and equipment to restore normal operations.

2.5. Verify restoration to normal operations and communicate to relevant personnel.

3. Record and report operational data

3.1. Document variations from required production output and systems operation faults.

3.2. Record troubleshooting process and corrective action.

3.3. Communicate relevant information to appropriate personnel in accordance with operational requirements.

Evidence of Performance

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and must be able to provide evidence that they can troubleshoot and rectify power generation systems in the pulp and paper industry by:

identifying, diagnosing and rectifying faults in plant, equipment and processes relevant to power generation systems, at least twice in line with required enterprise intervals, in a pulp or paper manufacturing facility

selecting and using appropriate troubleshooting methods for power generation systems

reading and interpreting documentation, procedures and reports relevant to troubleshooting and power generation systems

communicating effectively and working safely with others, in the work area when troubleshooting and rectifying power generation systems.

Evidence of Knowledge

A person competent in this unit must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

troubleshooting methods applicable to the operation power generation systems

documentation and procedures relevant to troubleshooting and rectifying power generation systems in the pulp and paper industry including:

work health and safety (WHS) including high risk load shifting licensing requirements

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

productivity requirements

quality procedures

environmental sustainability requirements/practices

machinery and plant manufacturing operating manuals

enterprise policies and procedures

oil or chemical spills and disposal guidelines

plant isolation documentation

safe work documentation including plant clearance, job safety analysis, permit systems

operational logs and reports

maintenance logs

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

process and instrument diagrams

power generation systems, processes and associated services sufficient to troubleshoot including:

plant layout

theory of operation

causes and effects of adjustments made to power generation system and processes

relationships between power generation system and associated services

sampling and testing for plant and system operations, and process steam supply monitoring – purpose, standards and procedures as per site agreements

types, causes and effects of power distribution systems and power generation plant shutdowns

effect of steam quality on turbine operation

operational tolerances of the turbine system and the effect of operating outside these tolerances

AC/DC generation principles

output control and regulation principles

power factor characteristics, effects and correction techniques

electrical isolation procedures

principles of operation of transformers and circuit protection systems

electronic and other control systems, operation and application to make appropriate adjustments that control power generation systems.

Assessment Conditions

The following resources must be made available:

access to the full range of equipment involved in integrated continuous manufacturing of power generation systems in a pulp or paper manufacturing facility, including chemical products and systems

electronic control systems which includes Digital Control System (DCS), touch screens or robotics

sample workplace documentation, procedures and reports including SOP, quality procedures, environmental sustainability requirements/practices, plant manufacturing operating manuals, enterprise policies and procedures, plant isolation documentation, safe work documentation including plant clearance, job safety analysis, permit systems.

maintenance tools and equipment and consumables for power generation systems

personal protective equipment suitable for troubleshooting power generation systems

local power authority regulations for starting up power generation systems

details of production requirements to plan power generation levels

template operating log for recording troubleshooting processes and power generation performance

relevant personnel for the purposes of communicating information

organisational workplace health and safety and standard operating procedures for power generation system.

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or in a productive environment that accurately reflects performance in a workplace.

Assessor requirements

Assessors must:

hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and

be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and

be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Foundation Skills

This section describes those core and employment skills that are essential to performance and are not explicit in the performance criteria.

Numeracy skills to:

estimate and calculate using measuring equipment relevant to power generation systems and to aid troubleshooting

interpret instruments, gauges and data recording equipment.

Reading skills to:

read and interpret documentation, procedure manuals and test results.

Writing skills to:

record and report test results and rectifications accurately and legibly using correct technical vocabulary.

Problem solving skills to:

maintain situational awareness in the work area

analyse and use sensory information to adjust process and to maintain and co-ordinate safety, quality and productivity.

Technology skills to:

use electronic and other control systems to control equipment and processes for power generation systems.

access, navigate and enter computer based information.

Range Statement

Not Applicable


Pulp and Paper Manufacturing