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Electrical distribution worker

Electricity distribution worker, transmission worker

Electrical distribution workers are responsible for the maintenance of power lines that connect buildings to the national grid.

Average salary*

£16000

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£35000

Typical hours per week

42 - 44

How to become an electrical distribution worker

There are several routes to becoming an electrical distribution worker. You could complete a college course or an apprenticeship, or apply directly to an employer. 

You should explore these routes to becoming an electrical distribution worker to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions. 

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site. 

College/training provider 

There are various college courses you could take to help you on your journey to becoming an electrical distribution worker, such as a Level 2 Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology or a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology. 

You’ll need a minimum of: 

  • 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent (level 2 course) 
  • 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent (level 3 course).  

> Equivalent entry requirements explained 

> Find a course near you 

> Funding advice 

Apprenticeship 

You could train to become an electrical distribution worker by completing an advanced apprenticeship as a power network craftsperson, or a higher apprenticeship for electrical power network engineers. 

You’ll need: 

  • 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science (advanced apprenticeship) 
  • 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent (higher or degree apprenticeship. 

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider. 

> Find an apprenticeship near you 

> Guide to apprenticeships 

Work 

If you have experience working in the power industry or in electrical engineering maintenance in another industry, you might be able to apply directly to an employer for work or apply for a position on an employer-run engineering training programme. 

Work experience 

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as an electrical distribution worker. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV. 

> Find out more about work experience 

Skills  

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an electrical distribution worker include:  

  • Knowledge of health and safety 
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Patience and persistence 
  • Logical thinking skills 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to use your initiative. 

What does an electrical distribution officer do?

As an electrical distribution worker, you will install, maintain and repair power lines to ensure homes and businesses are connected to the national grid. 

The job role of an electrical distribution worker involves the following duties:  

  • Assembling or removing component parts  
  • Configuring electrical systems  
  • Ensuring technical equipment is in good working order 
  • Inspecting cables and regularly testing equipment  
  • Installing and dismantling equipment, such as transmission cables 
  • Recognising and diagnosing electrical faults  
  • Switching operations 
  • Working outdoors in all weather and at height. 

How much could you earn as an electrical distribution worker?

The expected salary for an electrical distribution worker varies as you become more experienced. 

  • Newly trained electrical distribution workers can earn in the region of £16,000 
  • Experienced electrical distribution workers can earn up to £35,000.* 

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. 

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


Jobs

Check out the latest electrical distribution worker vacancies:  

As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up. 

Career path and progression

As an electrical distribution worker, you could progress to a position as a team leader or project manager. With training, you could become an electrical engineering technician or engineer. 


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