Job ProfileElectrical Technician (Plant)

Power stations generate electrical power which is then distributed around the country. As an electrical technician in the power generation industry you’ll be responsible for making sure all the equipment on site is working correctly and safely.

Your job could include installing, maintaining, fault-finding and repairing a wide range of equipment and control systems. To understand what you’re working on and what needs to be done, you’ll also need to interpret technical drawings and instructions.

A power station generates some extremely high voltages, which can be very dangerous if not managed correctly. So part of your role will involve working to the highest safety standards and demonstrating you fully understand and adhere to safety procedures at all times.

Training/ Qualifications

The usual way of getting into this role is through a recognised apprenticeship – you must gain a Level 3 S/NVQ as the foundation of your training, together with an industry-relevant HNC/HND.

You’ll also need to train for a special competence assessment to check you are capable to do the job.

Progression opportunities

You’ll be able to move into more supervisory or management roles as you gain more experience. As the role is so safety-dependent you may also like to move into specialist roles in Health & Safety within the energy industry, if this is of interest.