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Energy Plant Operatives

Job holders in this unit group operate boilers to produce hot water or steam and attend and operate compressors, turbines, electrical substations, switchboards and auxiliary plant and machinery to fuel nuclear reactors, drive blowers and pumps, electricity generators and other equipment.

Tasks

  • Determines job requirements from switchboard attendant or operating instructions
  • Opens valves and operates controls to regulate the flow of fuel to boiler or generating equipment
  • Operates remote control panel to load fuel and remove discharged fuel elements from nuclear reactors
  • Adjusts controls to maintain correct running speed of turbine or generator and monitors temperature and pressure controls on boilers
  • Records instrument readings periodically and shuts down turbine/generator or boiler as demand decreases
  • Carries out minor maintenance tasks and prescribed tests and reports any faults.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically by apprenticeship, incorporating technical training and practical experience. NVQs/ SVQs in Maintaining Electricity Generating Systems are available at Levels 2 and 3.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £25,000 per annum and can progress up to £37,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 0 employed Energy Plant Operatives in the region.

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