Combined Cycle CT Plant Operating Engineer First Class

Are you looking to begin a career in Combined Cycle CT Plant Operating Engineering? ASOPE® offers an opportunity to obtain a Combined Cycle CT Plant Operating Engineer - First Class license. A list of qualifications that are required to receive your Combined Cycle CT Plant Operating Engineer - First Class license are outlined below. Requirements include a minimum age of 18, a high school diploma (or GED equivalent), and 4 years minimum experience as a Combined Cycle CT Plant Operating Engineer.

If all qualifications are met, you will be required to schedule an exam. The exam consists of a wide range of curriculum including, but not limited to, start-up and operating procedures, multi-shaft arrangements, types of maintenance: running, predictive and preventive, performing tests, and vibration analysis. This examination will be part written test and part multiple choice with 100 questions. Upon completion of the Combined Cycle CT Plant Operating Engineer - First Class license exam, an ASOPE® representative will notify of a "pass" or "fail" status. If failed, you will be offered additional opportunities to retake the exam. Please review our Failed Test Procedures to learn more.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Combined Cycle CT Plant Operating Engineer - First Class license, please contact the ASOPE® national office.


  • Minimum age - Adult
  • Education - High School Diploma / GED or Equivalent
  • Experience - Four years
  • Examination - Written (Oral or Practical when necessary)
  • Minimum time in previous grade - One year or one year in grade as a Simple Cycle Operating Engineer 1st class

Curriculum at the Minimum:

  • Suitability for Peaking and Black Start
  • The Aero Jet Engine
  • Gas Generator
  • Multi-shaft Arrangements
  • Shaft Speeds
  • Auxiliary Systems
  • Compressed Air Starting
  • Start-up and Operating Procedures
  • Controls
  • Operator-Maintenance Coordination
  • Types of Maintenance: Running, Predictive and Preventive
  • Operator Observations, Abnormalities and Defect Reports
  • On-line and Off-line Maintenance
  • Pressures and Temperatures
  • Performance Testing
  • Vibration Analysis
  • Pre-planned Maintenance and Scheduled Outages
  • Inspections: Combustion Equipment, Hot Gas Path and Major Overhaul
  • Examination by Borescope
  • Heat Contained in Exhaust Gas       
  • Heat Recovery       
  • Control of Exhaust Gas Temperature       
  • GT Load       
  • Inlet Guide Vanes       
  • Auxiliary Burners       
  • Typical Combined Cycle Configurations       
  • Steam Turbines for Combined Cycle       
  • HRSG Steam Bypass to Condenser       
  • Start-Up and Control of Combined Cycle Unit       
  • Generator Construction       
  • Hydrogen and Air Cooling       
  • Excitation Systems       
  • Control of MVARS       
  • Synchronizing       
  • Parallel Operation       
  • Auxiliary Power Supplies       
  • Generator Protection       
  • Basic Management Skills       
  • Electrical Transmission and Distribution Systems       
  • General Industrial Safety       
  • Environmental Regulations and Protection