Power network craftsperson apprenticeship

Power network craftsperson apprenticeship

The main role of a power network craftsperson is to safely construct, maintain and repair the UK’s electrical power network to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the country.

The power is generated before being fed across the country through power lines supported on steel towers owned and managed by transmission companies which feed into National Grid. The power is then distributed by regional electricity companies – through overhead line conductors and underground cables – to local homes and businesses.

As an apprentice you could find yourself working on overhead lines or underground cables, and in electrical substations, where switchgear controls the voltage levels and the protection of the network.

For overhead lines, you will work at height, on wood poles and steel towers, often in rural areas, which you will climb in order to carry out repairs and maintenance. By contrast, underground cable work will see you carrying out your tasks (connection of low- and high-voltage cables) in excavations at differing depths. If you work in substations, you will install, maintain and test high-voltage equipment.

Whichever area you work in you will learn to carry out risk assessments, diagnose faults and make repairs, using electrical theories and your technical knowledge to maintain the integrity of the network. You may be required to drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites, and apply your mechanical knowledge to operate equipment such as elevated platforms, winches, ground-breakers and tensioning devices.

This role is physically demanding and you will need to have a head for heights as well as a good level of physical fitness. You should be prepared to work outside, by day or night, in all weather conditions, either alone or as part of a team.

The power industry demands very high standards of safety so you will need to take a disciplined and responsible approach to your work, follow instructions and comply with stringent safety rules, policies and procedures.

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will be eligible to register as an engineering technician (Eng Tech) with the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) (www.theiet.org).

Level:

Level 3 (Advanced)

Starting salary (once qualified):

£18,000–£24,000 once qualified and increasing with operational experience and standby duties

Job role:

Power network craftsperson

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