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What does a Electricity Generation Worker do?

Electricity generation workers are responsible for the operation or maintenance of power plant apparatus. They can work in gas, oil or coal-fired, nuclear or hydro-electric power stations.

Operators can work directly with the machinery on the shop floor or remotely from a control room. Their duties include:

  • diagnosing faults and resolving them
  • maintaining safety procedures and environmental good practice
  • handling materials required for the generation system
  • carrying out routine testing
  • following contingency plans, eg isolating or shutting down a system.

Maintenance crews carry out repairs on mechanical, electrical or control and instrumentation equipment. They may strip down or rebuild machinery, eg turbines, pumps or transformers, or remove it to a workshop. At other times, they can install new equipment or replace faulty wiring and components.

What's the working environment like working as a Electricity Generation Worker?

Hours and times of work vary depending on the type of employment. Some work a basic 37 to 40-hour, five-day week, often with overtime. Others are required to work rolling shifts that to provide cover 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some staff may be on stand by for call-out in case of emergencies.

Electricity workers work in power station environments. These can vary from clean area work spaces, eg control rooms, to workshop- type environments. Some work may be in cramped conditions, reaching behind machinery etc. Working closely with electricity can be hazardous if safety procedures are not strictly followed.

Electricity workers normally wear overalls or boiler suits, including protective clothing such as hard hats and safety boots. A driving licence is a common requirement because of the nature of shift work.

What does it take to become a Electricity Generation Worker?

To be an electricity generation worker you should:

  • have a methodical approach to fault finding
  • be able to understand technical drawings and manuals
  • have practical aptitude for mechanical processes
  • have a mature and responsible attitude
  • be able to work as part of a team and act on your own initiative
  • have good communication skills
  • be safety conscious and environmentally aware.

Electricity Generation Worker Career Opportunities

Most employment opportunities are with the generating companies. With further training and study, electricity generation workers can progress to technicians or supervisors. Technicians can study for higher education qualifications and become engineers.

Opportunities can arise for shop floor workers to move into the control room which may increase their salary, as can taking on the responsibility for other employees as a team leader.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Electricity Generation Worker that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Energy & Utility Skills Limited
Friars Gate Two
1011 Stratford Road
B90 4BN
Tel: 0845 077 9922

185 Park Street
Tel: 020 7922 1630

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)
Blue Court
Church Lane
Kings Langley
Tel: 01923 260000

Energy and Utility Skills Register
Tel: 0845 077 9922

Association of Electricity Producers
First Floor
17 Waterloo Place
Tel: 020 7930 9390

Facts and Stats:

  • The world produces 9.5m tonnes of oil every day
  • Christmas tree lights were introduced by Edison General Electric Co in 1901
  • A drop of water may travel thousands of miles between the time it evaporates into the atmosphere and the time it falls to the earth again as rain, sleet, or snow

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