GP Strategies’ power plant training and workforce development services focus on improving the skills of your most important asset—your people. From curriculum, procedure, and documentation development to positional certifications and apprenticeship programs, our solutions are tailored to your culture, equipment, processes, and business objectives. We tailor and deploy our training services through a variety of blended learning modalities including, online, instructor-led, virtual, and hands-on training.
Development and Implementation of Power Plant Training Curricula and Programs
Power plant training programs and curricula development can be developed for all your specific job disciplines, including control room operators, mechanics, chemists, technicians, and numerous other classifications of plant personnel. We recommend a blended learning solution that includes instructor-led training classes, structured on-the-job training (OJT), oral boards, job performance measures, comprehensive exams, online training classes, and other methodologies.
NERC System Operator Training
GP Strategies has been helping clients develop solid, objective, performance-based system operator training programs for over two decades. From standardized operating fundamentals to power plant operator training modules custom-developed for your company, we have the expertise and experience needed to truly enhance the performance of your system operators.
Support your NERC compliance requirements with the following services:
- Training for PER-005 requirements
- Critical infrastructure protection (CIP) compliance
- NERC generator owner/generator operator compliance support
- NERC continuing education hours (CEHs)
- Operator certification preparation programs and exams
Other Plant Training, Documentation and Workforce Development:
Simulator Training and Support Services | Online Simulator Training for Combined Cycle Plants | Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Training and Development | Power Plant Documentation Services | System Descriptions | Operating Procedures | Instructor-Led Courses – Performance Knowledge™ Series | Instructor-Led Courses – Operations Knowledge™ Series |
Open Enrollment Course Schedule | Renewable Energy Solutions
Simulator Training and Support Services
GP Strategies offers a full range of training and services to help your company get the full benefits for your power plant simulators. Whether you are still considering including simulation in your operator qualification programs or you are looking to optimize the use of your simulator, GP Strategies’ experts can help.
Specific support includes providing simulator justification, preparing a bid specification, undergoing acceptance testing and acceptance test procedures, and developing a simulator-based power plant operator training and qualification program.
Online Simulator Training for Combined Cycle Plants
GP Strategies has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing power plant simulator training programs and technologies. Our online simulator—powered by industry-leading training portal GPiLEARN™—affords invaluable hands-on training that has proved to be a very effective method for reinforcing fundamental concepts and teaching power plant operations.
Combining GPiLEARN’s web-based portal with Western Services Corporation’s 3KEYMASTER simulation platform and Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) provides the trainee with an unprecedented integrated learning environment. Training consists of over 30 combined cycle lessons aimed at providing actual workplace experiences in a simulated environment for control room operators.
Let GP Strategies help your company develop and implement dozens of comprehensive training programs covering all aspects of electric transmission and distribution, including the following:
- Substation electrician/mechanic training programs
Overhead lineman training
- Underground line mechanic training
- Distribution designer training
- Meter tester training
Our documentation services can help your staff streamline operations and improve the overall performance at your company. GP Strategies provides system description and operating procedure development services for fossil fuels, renewables, and nuclear power plants.
Power plant system descriptions (SDs) are developed using detailed information from plant site walkdowns, technical manuals, and documentation such as piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and control logic diagrams. These add value to training programs by providing plant-specific system information that is easily understood by operators and maintenance technicians at all levels. To maximize training value, SDs include the following:
- Descriptions of major components
- Controls and instrumentation
- Permissives and interlocks
- Related alarms
- Pictures of actual plant equipment
Operating procedures help to capture the normal operating steps for startup and shutdown of your units, systems, and equipment. GP Strategies can also help you develop site-specific procedures based on our extensive library from virtually every original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and plant type in existence. Our experts also include recommendations and best practices that bridge the gap between theoretical information and actual site-specific knowledge.
This courseware focuses on methods to improve the availability, reliability, and efficiency of power plants and provides students an understanding of the concepts behind fossil and combined cycle performance improvement:
- Advanced Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting for Power Plants (PDF)
- Heat Rate Awareness (PDF)
- Combined Cycle Power Plant Performance (PDF)
Instructor-Led Courses – Operations Knowledge™ Series
The following courses* focus on the operations and maintenance of fossil and combined cycle power plants:
- Combined Cycle Abnormal Conditions (PDF)
- Combined Cycle Fundamentals (PDF)
- Fossil Plant Abnormal Conditions (PDF)
- Power Plant Fundamentals (PDF)
- Large Steam Turbine-Generator Operations (PDF)
- Simulator-Based Coal-Fired Plant Operations Overview With Boiler Tube Failure Diagnostics (PDF)
- Simulator-Based Combined Cycle Plant Operations for Operators (PDF)
- Simulator-Based Gas-Fired Boiler Plant Operations for Operators (PDF)
- Utility Boiler Operations (PDF)
*All of our power plant short courses can be presented at your site and can be customized to suit your needs and equipment. Additionally, certain courses are available on an open enrollment basis at various locations in the US.
Open Enrollment Course Schedule
Learn how you can earn continuing education credits (CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs) upon successful completion of one of our qualifying courses. To register for our open enrollment classes, click on the dates in the table below.
|Heat Rate Awareness
|10/31/2017 – 11/02/2017||Fort Collins, Colorado|
|Fundamentals of Power Plant Performance for Utility Engineers|
|09/18/2017 – 09/22/2017||Denver, Colorado|
| Advanced Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting
for Power Plants (3.5-day and 4.5-day options)
|09/18/2017 – 09/22/2017||Denver, Colorado|
With increasing population comes increasing energy demand. And as fossil fuel prices become more volatile, the need for exploring alternative forms of energy is paramount.According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) in 2016, electricity from utility-scale renewable sources is expected to account for 14% of the total electricity generated in the US. To address the needs associated with this growing market, GP Strategies provides consulting services and training solutions to help you streamline operations and improve overall performance. Our team provides technical support in the areas of:
- Solar energy facilities (both PV and concentrated)
- Hydroelectric plant operations and maintenance training
- Wind farm technologies and courseware
- Energy efficiency
- Battery storage technologies