Section I. OPERATING PROCEDURES
2-1. Power Plant Operating Procedures. The typical mission for any mobile power generating
equipment can be described in three steps or phases. In the first phase, the power plant is towed to the worksite
and installed by unit level technicians (paragraph 4-2). In the second phase of the mission, the operator starts the
generator sets, runs them to power a system or equipment, and eventually shuts them down. In the final phase,
the power plant is dismantled, packed up and either moved to a new worksite or returned to standby status
(paragraph 4-3). This final phase is also accomplished by unit level technicians.
Generator Set Operating
Do not operate power plant generator set(s) until they are properly grounded (paragraph
4-2, b.) Serious injury or death by electrocution can result from operating an ungrounded
Operating noise level of generator can cause hearing damage. Ear protectors, as
recommended by medical or safety officer, must be worn when working near power plant.
To avoid damage to equipment, make certain of voltage, frequency, and phase
requirements of load connected to power plant.
Before starting generator set, do your Before PMCS as described in table 3-2.
Detailed procedures for prestarting, starting, operating, and shutting down the power plant generator sets are
found in TM 5-6115-465-12 and on the Operating Instructions data plates found on the equipment. Refer to the
data plate, located inside the right hand control panel door, to start and run the generator sets. Monitor and adjust
power output as required during operation. At the end of the mission shut down the generator sets in accordance
with the operating instructions on the data plate.
Switch Box Operating Procedures. Start and stop generator sets in accordance with paragraph 2-1, a.,
when instructed to do so in the following procedures.
Close all doors on generator sets except doors over control panels and louvers
(1) Set circuit breakers on both power plant generator sets to OFF position.