Power station worker
Electricity generation workers operate and maintain equipment in power stations.
Salary range: £18,000 to £35,000
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
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
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You can get into this job through an electrical networks power engineer higher apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
Some power generation companies run their own training programmes for people who have the potential to become successful trainees.
You could apply for vacancies directly if you’ve got experience in mechanical or electrical maintenance in another industry, or from the armed forces.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
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 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.