Electricity Distribution Worker

Job Description:

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

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What you will do:

You could work in one area of electricity transmission, like:

  • overhead transmission or lines work – maintaining and repairing overhead power lines
  • work as a cable jointer – joining and repairing underground cables, and connecting customers to the electricity supply network
  • electrical fitting – installing, repairing and maintaining high voltage equipment like circuit breakers and transformers in substations

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’ll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • persistence and determination (drive)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
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Entry Requirements:

To become an Electricity Distribution Worker, specific  subjects are not usually mandated, but a solid educational foundation in relevant subjects can be beneficial. Additionally, vocational training, apprenticeships, or specialised courses are often required for this career. Here are some considerations:

  1. Mathematics (Maths): Basic math skills are crucial for calculations and measurements involved in electrical work.
  2. Science: While not mandatory, having a basic understanding of science, particularly physics, can be helpful in understanding electrical principles and concepts.
  3. English: Strong communication skills, including reading and writing, are important for understanding electrical plans, documenting work, and communicating with team members.
  4. Design and Technology (D&T): If available, D&T courses can provide practical skills and insights into electrical systems and technology.
  5. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computers and digital tools can be beneficial for modern electrical work, including reading schematics and using computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Post School

You could get into this career through an engineering apprenticeship which lasts between 3 and 4 years.

Some companies run their own training programmes in power engineering. You could apply to them directly.

You could take a college course in engineering technology, which will teach you some of the skills you need to apply for a trainee job.

You’ll also need colour-normal vision and the ability to work at height.

You may be able to get into this role if you’ve experience of electrical engineering maintenance in another industry, or the armed forces.


Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work a 37 hour week which may include shifts. You’ll usually be part of a standby rota for emergencies outside normal working hours. You may need to work overtime.

This job can be physically demanding. Conditions can vary and much of the work takes place outside, in all weather conditions. You’ll be working at height to repair overhead power lines, using safety access equipment.

You’re usually need a driving licence to travel from site to site.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could progress to team leader.

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