Electricity generation worker

Alternative titles for this job include Power station worker

Electricity generation workers operate and maintain equipment in power stations.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become an electricity generation worker

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

You could take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed to apply for a trainee job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Maintenance Engineering Technology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through an electrical networks power engineer higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Work

Some power generation companies run their own training programmes for people who have the potential to become successful trainees.

Direct application

You could apply for vacancies directly if you've got experience in mechanical or electrical maintenance in another industry, or from the armed forces.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in the power industry from Talent Source Network and National Grid.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • observation and recording skills
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in a control room or in a workshop.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

You could become a supervisor, control and instrumentation engineer or operations or maintenance technician.

You could also take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in power engineering and become an electrical or mechanical engineer.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an electricity generation worker right now.

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Courses In England

BEng (Hons) Degree Electrical Engineering

  • Provider: LAKES COLLEGE WEST CUMBRIA
  • Start date: 12 January 2023
  • Location: WORKINGTON

Part-time Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology (Fabrication & Welding)

  • Provider: WAKEFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Castleford

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