Operations and Maintenance Program Structure

FEMP recommends Federal operations and maintenance (O&M) programs comprise of five distinct functions: operations, maintenance, engineering, training, and administration. This approach is commonly referred to as the OMETA principle.

Common roles and responsibilities for each function within the OMETA principle are outlined below.

Operations

The operations function of the O&M program covers the following responsibilities:

  • Administration: Responsible for ensuring effective implementation and control of O&M activities.

  • Conduct of Operations: Responsible for ensuring efficient, safe, and reliable process operations across the O&M program.

  • Equipment Status Control: Responsible for remaining cognizant of all equipment status across the O&M program.

  • Operator Knowledge and Performance: Responsible for ensuring that operator knowledge and performance support safe and reliable plant operation.

Maintenance

The maintenance function of the O&M program covers the following responsibilities:

  • Administration: Responsible for ensuring effective implementation and control of O&M activities across the program.

  • Work Control System: Responsible for controlling O&M performance in an efficient and safe manner such that economical, safe, and reliable plant operation is optimized.

  • Conduct of Maintenance: Responsible for conducting maintenance in a safe and efficient manner across the O&M program.

  • Preventive Maintenance: Responsible for contributing to optimum performance and reliability of plant systems and equipment.

  • Maintenance Procedures and Documentation: Responsible for providing directions, when appropriate, for maintenance work and to ensure that maintenance is performed safely and efficiently.

Engineering Support

The engineering function of the O&M program covers the following responsibilities:

  • Engineering Support Organization and Administration: Responsible for ensuring effective implementation and control of technical support across the O&M program.

  • Equipment Modifications: Responsible for ensuring proper design, review, control, implementation, and documentation of equipment design changes in a timely manner.

  • Equipment Performance Monitoring: Responsible for monitoring activities across the O&M program that optimize equipment reliability and efficiency.

  • Engineering Support Procedures and Documentation: Responsible for ensuring that engineer support procedures and documentation provide appropriate direction to support efficient and safe equipment operations.

Training

The training function of the O&M program covers the following responsibilities:

  • Administration: Responsible for ensuring effective implementation and control of training activities across the O&M program.

  • General Employee Training: Responsible for ensuring that plant personnel have a basic understanding of their responsibilities and safe work practices as well as the knowledge and practical abilities necessary to operate the plant safely and reliably.

  • Training Facilities and Equipment: Responsible for ensuring that all facilities, equipment, and materials effectively support training activities.

  • Operator Training: Responsible for developing and improving the knowledge and skills necessary to perform assigned operator job functions across the O&M program.

  • Maintenance Training: Responsible for developing and improving the knowledge and skills necessary to perform assigned maintenance job functions across the O&M program.

Administration

The administration function of the O&M program covers the following responsibilities:

  • Organization and Administration: Responsible for establishing and ensuring effective implementation of policies and the planning and control of equipment activities.

  • Management Objectives: Responsible for forming and implementing management objectives to improve equipment performance across the O&M program.

  • Management Assessment: Responsible for monitoring and assessing station activities to improve all aspects of equipment performance across the O&M program.

  • Personnel Planning and Qualification: Responsible for ensuring that positions are filled with highly-qualified individuals.

  • Industrial Safety: Responsible for achieving a high degree of personnel and public safety.