Power Station Worker

Job Description:

Power station workers operate and maintain equipment in power stations.

Job Category:
Energy & Utilities

What you will do:

You could work in the following types of power generation:

  • coal and gas
  • nuclear
  • hydro-electricity
  • wind
  • solar
  • biomass (burning timber and waste)

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • operating machinery in a power plant, or running it remotely from a control room
  • finding and fixing faults
  • handling materials used to generate electricity
  • testing equipment
  • reacting to emergencies, for example shutting down a system

You’ll need to follow strict safety procedures and environmental good practice.


You’ll need:

  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • observation and recording skills
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become a power station worker, you’ll typically need to focus on practical skills and specific vocational training rather than specific GCSE subjects. However, there are some general subjects and skills that can be helpful for a career in this field. Here are some GCSE subjects and skills that can be beneficial:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for various aspects of power station work, such as measurements, calculations, and maintaining records.
  2. Physics: Understanding the fundamental principles of physics can be beneficial, especially in roles that involve the operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment in a power station.
  3. Science: A general understanding of science and its principles can be useful, as power stations may involve various scientific processes, from heat and thermodynamics to electrical circuits.
  4. Design and Technology: This subject can provide practical skills and knowledge related to working with machinery and equipment, which is often a part of power station work.
  5. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Basic computer skills can be valuable for monitoring and controlling power station systems, as many processes are automated and rely on computerized systems.
  6. Health and Safety: Knowledge of health and safety regulations and practices is crucial in any industrial setting, including power stations. Understanding safety protocols and procedures is vital.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You could take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed to apply for a trainee job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Maintenance
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

You can get into this job through an electrical networks power engineer higher apprenticeship.

Some power generation companies run their own training programmes for workers at all levels who have the potential to become successful technicians and engineers.

Direct Application
You could apply to vacancies directly if you’ve got experience in mechanical or electrical maintenance in another industry, or from the armed forces.

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work 40 hours and do a 5-day week. You may work shifts including nights and weekends or be on standby for emergencies.

You could be in a clean control room or a dusty repair workshop. You’ll wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could become a supervisor, control and instrumentation engineer or operations or maintenance technician.

You could also take a foundation degree or degree in power engineering and become an electrical or mechanical engineer.