Generation - Power Plant Operator Technician

“I was 21 when I completed my HND in engineering. I wanted better career opportunities, and the Power Plant Traineeship definitely offers that. My learning is continuous here.”

Nick Francis
Trainee Engineering Technician

Nick Francis

Duration: 2 years

Location: Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station

What we do

The E.ON Generation Business and Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station is an exciting place to work. Ratcliffe is nearing the end of a major investment programme to ensure that it’s the cleanest operating coal fired power station in the country. The site team, made up of engineers and operational staff, run the station 24 hours a day and 365 days a year to produce electrical power for our customers. Ratcliffe has always been at the forefront of innovation and development in the electricity generation industry and is an environment that’s full of state of the art equipment. The station is one of the first in the UK to be fitted with a Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) system. More recently Ratcliffe’s combustion process has been upgraded by fitting a selective catalytic reduction plant. Ratcliffe continually works to improve its performance by implementing appropriate new technologies which improve plant efficiency and reduce emissions.

What you’ll do

With this programme, you will take the first step on a journey towards becoming an operator technician at one of our technologically advanced power stations. You’ll learn the theory of plant engineering and get to apply your knowledge and skills on real time projects, learning all the while from experienced engineering experts. At the same time, you’ll have the opportunity to work towards your City and Guilds Certificates in Power Plant Operations (Levels 1-2), supported by a Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering (Power Plant Operations) which are nationally recognised qualifications. It'll pave the way to develop your career in a range of directions, whilst all the time you’ll be earning.

What we’re looking for

If you’ve always been fascinated by all things mechanical and electrical, and you love taking things apart and putting them back together again, this is the scheme for you. In terms of qualifications, you’ll need five A-C grades at GCSE (or equivalent) including English, Maths, Science or Technology (or A/AS level equivalents). An HNC in an Engineering, Process or Technology related subject would be very useful, but isn’t essential. A real passion for building a career in engineering, however, is. Finally, a sensible attitude to safety, a love of team work and the ability to work on a shift basis that will include some night and weekend shifts, are also vital.