Electricity distribution worker

Electricity distribution workers maintain and repair the power lines that connect homes and businesses to the national grid.

Potential salary
£16,000 to £35,000
Working hours
42 to 44 a week
  • 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
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • persistence and determination
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • keeping equipment in good working order
  • switching operations
  • installing and dismantling equipment like transmission cables
  • assembling or removing components
  • adjusting and configuring electrical systems
  • finding and diagnosing faults
  • inspecting and testing cables and other equipment

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work in remote rural areas.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height and physically demanding.

With experience, you could progress to team leader.

With further study you could become an electrical engineering technician or network control engineer.

You can get more advice about working in the power industry from the Talent Source Network and National Grid.

Data from National Careers Service.

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