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Electricity distribution worker

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

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £35,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% fewer Electricity distribution worker jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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 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. 



Think Power has more information about training and working in the power industry.

£16,000 to £35,000

Starter salary: £16,000

Experienced salary: £20,000 to £30,000

These figures are a guide.

37

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.

With experience, you could progress to team leader.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent practical skills
  • physics and maths skills, to understand the principles of electricity
  • the ability to make decisions 
  • problem-solving ability
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