Energy Plant Operatives

Energy plant operatives 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.


New workers

New workers start around £24,308. Normal pay is £35,805 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £54,830.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 6,672 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Carries out minor maintenance tasks and prescribed tests and reports any faults.

  • Records instrument readings periodically and shuts down turbine/generator or boiler as demand decreases.

  • Adjusts controls to maintain correct running speed of turbine or generator and monitors temperature and pressure controls on boilers.

  • Operates remote control panel to load fuel and remove discharged fuel elements from nuclear reactors.

  • Opens valves and operates controls to regulate the flow of fuel to boiler or generating equipment.

  • Determines job requirements from switchboard attendant or operating instructions.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Boilers

  • Plumbing

  • Heating Systems

  • Machinery

  • Risk Analysis

  • Power BI

  • Housekeeping

  • Oil And Gas

  • Microsoft Power Platform

  • Closed-Circuit Television Systems (CCTV)

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Detail Oriented

  • Problem Solving

  • Self-Motivation

  • Computer Literacy

  • Planning

  • English Language

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.