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Engineer Training Programme

If you're a technical 'problem-solver' looking to build a career in engineering, then this programme - which includes a Foundation Degree - will help develop your skills through a mix of practical work and academic study.

  

New vacancy added ETP Power System Planning, apply asap, closing date for applications 20th April 2014.

 

Take a look at the key aspects of our Engineer Training Programme

 

·          An ‘earn while you learn’ alternative to securing that degree at University; or if you already have that degree, a chance to specialise

·          A permanent position when you satisfactorily complete the whole programme

·          Two year development programme

·          Starting salary of £23,500 p.a. rising to £30,150 on completion

·          A fully-funded foundation degree in Electrical Power Engineering  worth approximately £30,000

·          A  car to support with the travel during your training

·          Start date of September 2014

·          Blend of formal study at University and further training at our Nottinghamshire centre combined with practical application and experience at your local site or office facility

·          The state of the art training facility in Nottinghamshire hosts a 100 bedroom lodge. Your safety and security is our number one priority and we take our pastoral care responsibilities seriously

·          Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away

·          Ideal career path for females with the opportunity to work in teams both in an office environment and out on site at our facilities

                                                                    

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Power System Operations

This team is focused around the Electricity National Control Centre in Berkshire. It is responsible for operating Great Britain’s electricity transmission network – planning and managing its live operation – they keep things running smoothly 24/7 days a year.

On finishing the two-year Trainee Engineer Programme, you will take up a post that will lead either to a role in Power System Planning or part of the Power System Control team.

In both of these roles, you will be using your newly acquired power systems knowledge to ensure the most secure and economic operation of the network. These are crucial jobs and because lights stay on 24/7, 365 days a year, the live Control role involves shift work. Liaising with internal departments and external stakeholders, such as Distribution Network Operators and Generators, your influence will be felt across the whole country.

As a Control Engineer, you could be on one of the transmission despatch desks where you’ll switch on/off the transmission system to allow the team on site to safely work on the system. Or you could work within energy scheduling where you’ll produce accurate operating programmes aimed at matching National Grid’s demand forecast with the supply data coming from the electricity generators.

Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away.

Candidates must hold a valid full current UK car driving license at least 3 months prior to the start of the programme and they must list any unspent endorsements.

If candidates do not reside within the postcode perimeter for the role then they must agree to self fund relocation.

 

 

 

Power System Planning

This role offers great variety and exciting challenges. Not one day is the same within Work Planning, and you'll be given the opportunity to interact with many parts of the business on a range of tasks. This team is responsible for the planning, prioritisation and optimisation of all work activity (i.e maintenance and construction) on the electricity transmission system in the current year.

The team has to:

  • Agree High Voltage circuit outages with our Control Centre (i.e. they turn the power off so it is safe to work on)
  • Schedule time with the field force team (i.e. The Substations and Overhead Lines teams) to deliver the planned work when the outage is happening.
  • Identify who are the right people, with the right skills, and plan them in the right place, at the right time.
  • Monitoring all the work that has been completed, and then re-plan any work not completed (i.e. if there is a thunder storm our field force cannot work on the system.)
  • Maintain the critical path to ensure the capital plan is delivered while balancing the requirements of new requirements from site

This task requires a pool of highly skilled engineers to make this happen, and this is where you fit in. As a planning team member you will be focused on the continual optimisation of the work plans to ensure the delivery of a safe, reliable and efficient transmission network.

You will work in a dynamic environment, assessing and formulating work plans, understanding and discussing issues with other relevant parts of the business including close liaison with the Managers and Engineers responsible for the teams that deliver the work.

You will also be adapting the plans to fit changes in circumstances – sometimes at very short notice. Our work planning team is based at Warwick, some of the planning tasks are undertaken in the office environment, whilst others are undertaken whilst visiting our operational sites to discuss and finalise work plans with the work Delivery Managers and work Delivery Engineers.

The importance of Asset Management Planning to National Grid  

The planning function is central in the co-ordination of delivering the work undertaken by the staff working out on site. We ensure all the work is carried out safely and of the correct priority. When required difficult decisions are coordinated and the right decisions made for the business. No two days are the same the role calls for self starters and decision makers. You will be supported by the rest of the business as required to facilitate the right outcome. Working with in the planning function gives you a tremendous insight into the complex operations of National Grid.

Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away.

Candidates must hold a valid full current UK car driving license at least 3 months prior to the start of the programme and they must list any unspent endorsements.

If candidates do not reside within the postcode perimeter for the role then they must agree to self fund relocation.