Energy plant operatives


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Job holders in this unit group 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.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically by apprenticeship, incorporating technical training and practical experience. NVQs/ SVQs in Maintaining Electricity Generating Systems are available at Levels 2 and 3.

Typical tasks

  • determines job requirements from switchboard attendant or operating instructions;
  • opens valves and operates controls to regulate the flow of fuel to boiler or generating equipment;
  • operates remote control panel to load fuel and remove discharged fuel elements from nuclear reactors;
  • adjusts controls to maintain correct running speed of turbine or generator and monitors temperature and pressure controls on boilers;
  • records instrument readings periodically and shuts down turbine/generator or boiler as demand decreases;
  • carries out minor maintenance tasks and prescribed tests and reports any faults.

Common job titles

Blower (chemical mfr)
Operator, plant (electricity supplier)
Hand, switch
Man, compressor
Attendant, machinery
Man, gas, assistant (iron and steelworks)
APA (power station)
Operator, engine
Attendant, gear (coal mine)
Fireman, engine
Operator, coal (power station)
Switchman (electricity supplier)
Minder, boiler
Tenter, engine
Compressor, gas
Attendant, compressor
Attendant, plant, boiler
Regulator, steam
Attendant, station, power
Bunkerman (power station)
Attendant, plant
Attendant, substation
Fireman, boiler
Riser, steam
Hand, maintenance
Mate, stoker's
Foreman, turbine
Assistant, room, engine
Attendant, room, boiler
Assistant, control (electricity supplies)
Operator, de-commissioning (nuclear fuel production)
Foreman, house, boiler
Driver, house, power
Engineer, boiler
Officer, decommissioning (nuclear fuel production)
Attendant, boiler
Engineer, steam
Attendant, plant, electric
Attendant, generator
Blower, soot (power station)
Operator, unit
Raiser, steam
Worker, house, power
Houseman, boiler
Driver, motor (coal mine)
Machinist, stationary
Attendant, dynamo
Operative, de-commissioning (nuclear power station)
Attendant, turbine
Attendant, transformer
Superintendent, electrical (electricity supplier)
Fireman (coal mine: above ground)
Minder, engine
Operator, station, power
Driver, turbine
Superintendent, station, power
Attendant, pump, air
Operator, turbine
Assistant, stoker's
Operator, boiler
Tender, engine
Stoker, boiler
Tenter, engine, blowing (metal mfr)
Operator, de-commissioning (nuclear power station)
Compressor, engineer's
Assistant, station (electricity supplier)
Engineer, turbine
Tenter, boiler
Operator, gearhead
Attendant, compression, air
Foreman, plant, coal (electricity supplier)
Assistant, sub-station
Assistant, driver's, turbine
Superintendent, house, turbine (electricity supplier)
Operator, switchboard (power station)
Attendant, house, boiler
Operator, plant, power
Foreman, house, power
Engineer, boilerhouse
Firer, boiler
Man, motor
Operator, control (railways)
Attendant, alternator
Attendant, board, control
Driver, turbo-blower
Stoker, leading
Worker, power
Attendant, gas (steelworks)
Beater, fire
Booster, gas (steelworks)
Operator, compressor
Operator, room, control
Operator, house, power
Attendant, condenser (power station)
Superintendent, works (electricity supplier)
Attendant, heating
Houseman, power
Man, maintenance
Attendant, station, sub (electricity supplier)
Attendant, house, booster
Attendant, plant, auxiliary
Fireman (electricity supply)
Attendant, house, compressor
Worker, engine
Worker, de-commissioning (nuclear power station)
Attendant, room, power
Engineman, hydraulic
Controller, electrical (railways)
Furnaceman, boiler
Assistant, driver's, engine
Operator, plant (nuclear power station)
Supervisor, decommissioning (nuclear fuel production)
Foreman, boiler
Attendant, house, power
Superintendent (electricity supplier)
Driver, engine (mining)
Fireman, surface
Superintendent, house, boiler
Stoker, furnace
Hand, switchboard
Controller, power (railways)
Attendant, board, switch
Attendant, booster
Feeder, boiler
Hand, compressor
Driver, compressor
Attendant, room, compressor
Foreman (power station)
Superintendent, power
Boiler, steam
Cleaner (lamp, valve mfr)
Inspector, sub-station (electricity supplier)
Stoker, engine
Attendant, engine
Attendant, motor
Driver, engine
Man, house, power
Stoker, pressure, high