Energy plant operative

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.


  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 10% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for energy plant operative is £31,766

155 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 155. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for energy plant operative roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £31,766 per year. That is about £2,647 per month or £16.29 per hour. New workers generally start on £25,002, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £54,558

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 155 people are employed in the region.

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