Diesel Power Plant Operations Training

581-01 Diesel Engines for Power Generation

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe the design and operation of a diesel engine. In addition, you will be able to explain the importance of the diesel generator.

  • Describe the theory behind the basic operation of a diesel engine
  • Identify the major components of the diesel engine and explain the function of each
  • Describe what happens during each of the following operating cycle events:
  • Intake
  • Compression
  • Injection
  • Combustion
  • Power
  • Exhaust
  • Identify the difference between a two-stroke and four-stroke diesel engine
  • Discuss the role of the diesel generator in our society

581-02 Diesel Engine Support Systems

When you complete this lesson, you will understand the operation and importance of the supporting systems that make the diesel engine run and operate efficiently.

  • Describe the diesel engine cooling system
  • Explain the importance and function of the lubrication system used in the diesel engine
  • Describe how the fuel system stores, cleans, and delivers the fuel to the diesel engine
  • List the components of the diesel engine’s air intake and exhaust systems and identify their functions

581-03 Diesel-Powered Generation

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe applications for diesel powered generators and explain the effects they have on society and the environment.

  • Describe where, and under what circumstances, diesel powered generation is used
  • Identify benefits to society provided by a diesel powered generator
  • Discuss the importance of installing and using diesel powered generators
  • Describe the features of the most common type of generator and explain how it works

581-04 Diesel Power Plant Operations

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe basic diesel power plant operations.

  • Explain how to prepare the unit for start-up
  • Explain how to energize the station service supply
  • Describe on-load operations monitoring
  • Walk through a typical shutdown procedure

581-05 Diesel Plant Control Systems and Protective Devices

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe the design and function of a typical control panel and identify its primary components. You will also be able to explain the importance of the protective devices built into the system.

  • Describe a typical control panel
  • Explain the operation of some of the generator controls
  • Describe a remote operation and explain how it works
  • Identify some of the hazardous machine conditions
  • Discuss protective devices and identify what they protect

581-06 Diesel Plant Routine Maintenance

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe routine diesel inspections and discuss their contribution to safe and efficient operations.

  • Identify the standard timeframes associated with the routine inspections of diesel plant systems
  • Explain how routine inspections affect outages and downtime
  • Describe the maintenance performed on each of the following:
  • Prime mover
  • Generator and exciters
  • Switchgear