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We’re National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), the owner and operator behind the electricity distribution systems for the Midlands, the Southwest of England and South Wales. Serving communities of more than 8 million people, our expert teams deliver heat, light and power for homes and businesses.

National Grid employs over 29,000 people worldwide. We are building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues – who in turn help to build the success of our business and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Our vision is to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future and we are doing this in a fast-moving industry with an increasing focus on tackling climate change, exploring new energy sources that are renewable, low carbon, and improve efficiency to meet demand.

Job Introduction

An opportunity is available for an Operator (Overhead Lines) based at our Exeter depot.

As an Operator you will assist a Craftsperson with construction, maintenance, replacement and repair of overhead lines up to and including 66kV. You will ideally have some experience in the electrical field although all necessary training will be provided.

The work will involve being away from the depot, normally working in a team of two people. The working environment requires quick, decisive and responsible actions to meet the demands of the role.

You will also be responsible for making sure the van contains all essential tools and equipment, working safely and assisting with any labour required on site. The work will involve being away from the depot, working in a team of two or sometimes more people.

You will need the ability and enthusiasm to work in a physical environment and take quick, decisive and responsible action. A flexible approach to working hours is also essential, as is a driving licence.

To apply, you will need to hold English & Maths GCSE (1-9/G-A*) or equivalent qualification deemed to be at the same level in these subjects, such as Functional Skills.

Evidence of your qualifications will be required prior to appointment.

Please note, where job roles involve working at height and the use of Personal Fall Protection Equipment, there are restrictions on the maximum weight of the individual.

If you are offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.

Main responsibilities

You will be required to work at heights on all types of overhead line. Duties include:

  • Undertaking dead work on the LV, HV and EHV systems under the leadership of a Technician or Craftsperson.
  • Operation of mechanical equipment
  • Inspect poles and overhead equipment and rectify minor defects
  • Trim and fell trees
  • Excavate, lay cable and backfill
  • Excavate pole and stay holes
  • Deliver planned shutdown notices, make appointments
  • Resolve customer complaints (directly where possible)

Ideal candidate

You will need to be flexible in your approach to assist the team in meeting it's objectives. You will ideally have some experience in the electrical field, however all necessary training will be provided.

You will need to be mobile throughout the area as you may be required to undertake standby duties, therefore a valid driving licence is essential.

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