How to become an Electricity Distribution Worker
What does a Electricity Distribution Worker do?
Electricity distribution workers install and maintain the network that supplies electricity from power stations to homes, industry and businesses. There are three main areas of work:
- overhead lines and pylon work – linespersons build and repair overhead power lines
- underground cable work – cable jointers connect customers to the electricity supply network and join and repair cables
- substation work – electrical fitters install, repair and maintain the equipment that controls, protects and monitors electricity flow.
Distribution workers carry out repairs in high voltage environments so they must prepare safe access to their work area. Their duties include:
- carrying out preventative maintenance and switching operations
- installing and dismantling equipment, eg transmission cables
- assembling or removing components
- adjusting and configuring electrical systems
- inspecting, testing and diagnosing faults.
Experienced distribution workers may authorise the actions of others.
What's the working environment like working as a Electricity Distribution Worker?
They normally work a 37-hour week which may include working some weekends. Overtime and standby duties are likely.
It is strenuous work, involving lifting, bending and carrying. Depending on the work, workers can be out in all weather conditions. Work on underground cabling is often in trenches, often in cramped conditions. Work on overhead lines is at height with safety equipment. Substations work is likely to be indoors.
As distribution workers work with high voltage, conditions can be dangerous if workers are careless or irresponsible.
What does it take to become a Electricity Distribution Worker?
To be an electricity distribution worker you should:
- have good practical skills
- be physically fit
- have a basic knowledge of physics and maths to understand the principles of electricity distribution
- have good communication skills
- have problem solving ability
- be able to work on your own without supervision
- have knowledge of safety regulations.
Electricity Distribution Worker Career Opportunities
Regional electricity companies employ electricity distribution workers. Each company is responsible for its own recruitment.
Electricity distribution workers may be able to progress to a general supervisory job usually on the completion of a level 3 qualification.
If you would like to know anything about Electricity Distribution Worker that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below. Energy & Utility Skills Limited
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Further information about training and vacancies is available from regional electricity companies’ offices - addresses in telephone directories.
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