Electricity generation worker Power station worker
Electricity generation workers operate and maintain equipment in power stations.
1. Entry requirements
You can get into this job through an apprenticeship. You could also start as a trainee.
Experience in engineering or maintenance work could help you get into this career. Engineering qualifications could also help.
Most employers will expect you to have 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in:
- science or engineering, or design and technology
You must register with a power industry safety scheme.
2. Skills required
- practical skills to find and fix faults
- the ability to read technical drawings and technical manuals
- physics and maths to understand electricity generation
- the ability to think and act quickly in an emergency
3. What you'll do
You could work in the following types of power generation:
- coal and gas
- biomass (burning timber and waste)
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- operating machinery in a power plant, or running it remotely from a control room
- finding and fixing faults
- handling materials used to generate electricity
- testing equipment
- reacting to emergencies, for example shutting down a system
You'll need to follow strict safety procedures and environmental good practice.
Starter: £18,000 to £25,000
Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000
Highly Experienced: £35,000 or more
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 40 hours and do a 5-day week. You may work shifts including nights and weekends or be on standby for emergencies.
You could be in a clean control room or a dusty repair workshop. You'll wear protective clothing.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a supervisor, control and instrumentation engineer or operations or maintenance technician.
You could also take a foundation degree, HND or degree in power engineering and become an electrical or mechanical engineer.
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Last updated: 09 October 2018