Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) inElectrical Power Networks Engineer

Electrical Power Network Engineer covers 6 roles: Asset Management Engineer, Planning Engineer, Design Engineer, Control Engineer, Electrical Project Engineer and Operational Delivery Engineer. They work within the power sector with other Engineers, sometimes specialist Engineers, to provide engineering solutions to solve complex electricity network scenarios in order to safely manage electricity supplies in normal and abnormal conditions. Using company/client network strategies, engineers undertake engineering activities to plan, manage, control, construct, replace, maintain and repair assets on the electricity network. They will work in engineering teams that may include Power Networks Craftspersons, senior Engineers and other business specialists, for example procurement, finance and telecommunications engineers.

They are responsible for the quality of their own work, possibly others’ and ensuring the work is completed safely, meets stakeholder quality, time, productivity and budget requirements, whilst maintaining the integrity and efficient running of the network.

  • Rated outstanding for apprenticeships in our June 2017 ofsted inspection
    Ofsted - Outstanding Provider

Course Content

Current Delivery Involves:

  • One day per week (Term time only) at Loughborough College
  • A progress review every 12 weeks with dedicated trainer assessor and line manager / workplace mentor
  • Observations and professional discussions with dedicated trainer assessor in the workplace

Off the Job Training Provided

On-programme is the learning phase for Apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this, Apprentices need to complete off the job training during the on-programm phase of their Apprenticeship, this can be tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio

Course Content

Core Knowledge:

An Electrical Power Network Engineer understands:

  • Electrical power principles: alternating current/direct current theories; dynamic/static engineering systems; application of electrical and electronic circuit theory; the use of complex wave forms
  • Three-phase systems with consideration being given to harmonics and their effects and the methods of power distribution electricity network design, capabilities, complexities, operations and topologies; operation and limitations of plant and equipment
  • The operation of the electricity network in normal and fault conditions
  • Safe systems of work and risk management; the application of Electricity Supply Standards, Regulations including environmental requirements. These are Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 2003, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, The Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002, The Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Company requirements with regard to project management tools, techniques and processes

company engineering policies appropriate to their role

  • Engineering problems including how to identify the problem, gather and analyse all relevant information, provide and implement a workable solution and monitoring its effectiveness
  • Company business planning and resource control measures
  • The key interfaces of the electricity network and the impact of those interfaces

Core Skills:

An Electrical Power Network Engineer will apply their knowledge of the electricity network to safely perform their activities. This requires them to:

  • Comply with company and Industry health, safety and environmental standards, regulations, company operating procedures and working practices
  • Ensure that all safety considerations are incorporated and evident in all working practices
  • Apply asset management, design, planning, control, electrical project or operational engineering principles, as appropriate to their role, to maintain and improve the integrity, safety and longevity of the transmission/distribution electrical network
  • Produce timely communications providing information to stakeholders both in writing and verbally in relation to their role activities
  • Read, understand and interpret technical information relative to their role, identified in company strategies and policies and work in compliance with technical specifications
  • Produce clear and precise reports in relation to their activities to line management, other business departments and to external stakeholders
  • Develop and agree project plans to undertake their activities. These plans will contain clear objectives, budgets, desired outcomes and timescales. Also included will be implementation criteria, monitoring process controls and evaluation records
  • Use company IT systems to provide accurate and reliable data to support business decisions
  • Demonstrate that their work activities supports the business to achieve its regulatory incentive mechanisms
  • Provide information to support business planning processes in relation to their role activities
  • Uses company risk tools and techniques to evaluate and predict the reliability of engineering systems and equipment.

Core Behaviours

Health, Safety & Environment – follows health, safety and environmental policies and procedures and is prepared to challenge unsafe behaviour using appropriate techniques to ensure the protection of people and property when working alone and/or with teams. Demonstrates high concentration and the desire to reduce risks through regular monitoring and checking information

  • Stakeholder management – is proactive in identifying their stakeholders and managing their expectations, presenting appropriate information to them clearly and concisely
  • Interpersonal skills - works well with people from different disciplines, backgrounds and expertise. Takes others’ needs and concerns into account and supports them to accomplish an activity safely and on time
  • Analysing and solving problems – takes responsibility for solving problems by identifying and analysing the issues and drawing logical, sound solutions that benefit customers and the business
  • Risk awareness – has the embedded desire to reduce risks through systematic monitoring and checking of information identifying mitigation actions on an on- going basis to achieve safe systems of work
  • Planning & organising – takes a forward looking perspective when considering the delivery of decisions, activities and projects and ensure plans are in place to manage anticipated issues, considers contingency planning

Where youcan work

Typical examples of occupational roles include:

Power Networks Craftspersons; senior Engineers and other business specialists, for example procurement, finance and telecommunications engineers

Key Information

Starts

  • The apprenticeship programme will start in September.

Enrolment

  • The enrolment process will be completed prior to the start date of the apprenticeship.

Delivery

  • The apprenticeship will delivered at Loughborough College either via block release model or 1 day a week at loughborough College

Entry Requirements & Functional Skills

  • Five GCSE’s at Grade C/4 (or above) including Level 2 or GCSE C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • Level 3 qualification in Engineering or A Levels in Maths and Physics

Qualification(s) Obtained

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Level 4 Electrical Power Networks Engineer Apprenticeship Standard

Awarding Organisation

Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service

Progression Opportunities

Level 5 and level 6 Apprenticeship standards

Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering

Full-time employment

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