Army Job Description: 91D Tactical Power Generation Specialist

These soldiers keep the Army's mechanical equipment in shape

B-231st BSB Annual Training 626/North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers who serve as power generation equipment repairers with Company B, 231st Brigade Support Battalion, check the gauges on a 10K generator as they run a load bank on the machine.
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An Army Tactical Power Generation Specialist doesn't actually generate power himself, but the Army couldn't keep things moving without him. This soldier oversees the power generation equipment across the Army, including combustion engines and power plants. 

This job is categorized as military occupational specialty (MOS) 91D. 

power-generation equipment repairer is responsible for supervising and performing maintenance and overhaul of power-generation equipment, internal combustion engines and associated equipment in mobile and stationary power plants.

Duties of MOS 91D

This job used to be known by the slightly less glamorous but more descriptive title of "power-generation equipment repairer." These soldiers conduct maintenance on tactical utilities, power generation sets, internal combustion engines and associated equipment. They're responsible for overhauling said equipment, and also perform maintenance and other repair work on mobile and stationary power plants. 

Training for MOS 91D

Job training for a tactical power generation specialist involves ten weeks of Basic Combat Training (also known as "basic" or boot camp) and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction both in the classroom and working on maintaining electrical power systems.

Some of the skills you’ll learn include the total operations of generator and power plants, electrical generation and distribution, diesel generator operation, disassembly, inspection and maintenance, and the basic principles of electrical and electronic circuitry.

Qualifying as MOS 91D

There are a couple of options available to qualify for this job. As with any Army job you'll first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests, which measure your compatibility and aptitude for different Army careers. 

For MOS 91D, you'll need either a 98 in the general mechanical (GM) aptitude area of the ASVAB, or an 88 in GM and an 88 in the general technical (GT) area.

There's no Department of Defense security clearance required for this job, but normal color vision (no colorblindness) is allowed for soldiers doing this work.

If you have experience using or repairing hand and power tools, you'll be a step ahead of the game. An interest in electricity will be useful and if you've ever worked with large machines, or are interested in doing so, this job should be a good fit for you. 

Similar Civilian Occupations to 91D

There are numerous civilian jobs that will be open to you with the skills you learn as MOS 91D. You should be able to work as a power plant electrician at a construction company, manufacturer or utility company.