ERIC Number: ED309314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Training Needs for Cogeneration Technology in Schuylkill County. Project Number Two.
Geroy, Gary D.; Passmore, David L.
This paper reports an assessment of the education and training program needs stimulated by investment in cogeneration technology in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. (Cogeneration technology would convert raw culm, a byproduct of anthracite coal mining, into a fuel source for steam power generation.) After plant tours and interviews with plant personnel and educational institutions' staff, the study found that staff at a cogeneration plant require professional, craft, and technical knowledge. The professional knowledge is acquired either through a four-year degree program in a relevant discipline or a two-year associate degree program. Craft knowledge, acquired through vocational-technical programs or union training programs, is defined by skills and competencies unique to fabrication as well as system and facility maintenance and repair. Two kinds of technical knowledge are needed: (1) job-specific knowledge related to operational procedures, system parts and purposes, and troubleshooting procedures, all of which is currently provided to operational crews by a specialized start-up team composed of workers who are experts; and (2) generalizable knowledge of applications and theory that supports use of plant technology, including operational theories, systems design, technical and scientific processes, technical interface, and casualty issues involved with plant operation. The document also contains information on the typical staffing pattern and job descriptions. (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for Research in Training and Development.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania