The Department of Defense Central Heating Plant Operator Training and Certification Program: An Overview.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL ENERGY AND UTILITI ES SYSTEMS DIV
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The variety of equipment found in Department of Defense DOD central energy plants CEPs and the complexity of these plants demands the CEP operators are highly qualified personnel. Given the serious danger posed by improperly operated boilers, similar operations in the private sector have long maintained processes to establish credentials for their employees. The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments CAAA 1990 also recognize the importance of trained and certified fuel plant operators toward improving air quality. As a result of CAAA 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency USEPA will eventually require all operators of boilers with capacities greater than10 million BTU per hour 298 Boiler HP to be trained and certified. A DOD-wide training and certification program for CEP operators needs to be developed and implemented to increase the safety and reduce the energy and environmental cost of operating central energy plants, and to meet the CAAA 1990 requirements. This study examined the training needs of central energy plant operators at DOD installations to identify the resources required to meet those needs and to assess their effectiveness in the field.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating