- the ability to operate and control equipment
- observation and recording skills
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work on your own
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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 may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work in a control room or in a workshop.
You could become a supervisor, control and instrumentation engineer or operations or maintenance technician.
You could also take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in power engineering and become an electrical or mechanical engineer.