Substation Mechanical and Electrical Fitter - South West



Division:  SW West Country
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  31799
Job Category:  Electricity Transmission - Operations
Job Function:  Electric Maintenance and Construction

About the role


Play a practical role in essential green energy  


Here at National Grid we’re creating a cleaner, greener energy future, and we’d like to talk to you about being part of it. By 2050 we aim to cut our greenhouse gas emissions down to net zero, making a powerful contribution to the fight against climate change. 

We can only do this if our substations are working properly. They might look like an impenetrable mass of cables and concrete, but without them, we cannot move electricity around the country. Neither can we connect energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar farms, to the transmission network. 

We have over 300 substations around the UK and many of them are the size of six football pitches. They need a lot of maintenance, which is where our Substation Fitters (also known as Substation Craftspersons) come in. They help fix and maintain substation assets and equipment, helping to ensure a safe and reliable electricity supply. In fact, we cannot achieve net zero without our Substation Fitters, and we are looking to employ more of them.

You’ll generally be in a team of 2 to 10 people and be involved with maintenance, refurbishment or replacement work on the UK Transmission System substations. This could be from single asset replacements such as circuit breakers and transformers to maintaining/repairing aging high speed on load tapchangers or complex 400kV circuit breakers. We also work on all kinds of ancillary equipment, DC battery systems, air compressors, diesels etc.


We have peripatetic roles available covering the Somerset area and you’ll work at a number of different sites. These sites are spread across the counties and you will need to reside within 30-45 minutes’ drive of Hinckley Point, Somerset.


“This is a hands-on engineering job that allowed me to progress without a degree.”
Harriet Stone, Former Substation Fitter

About You


You’re an enthusiastic problem solver who likes getting on with things; finding and fixing faults brings you great satisfaction. You’re always looking for a better way of working, and get immense professional pride from doing a job well. If you’re looking for a hands-on way of helping to achieve net zero, whilst also making sure the lights stay on today, then this could be the job for you. 

You’ll need a mechanical or electrical engineering Level 3 NVQ or apprenticeship or equivalent, and a driving licence that allows you to drive in the UK. We’d like you to have worked in the power industry, but it’s not essential. 


What You'll Get


You’ll receive a competitive salary between £30,500 – £36,000 – dependent on capability 


Winter/summer rota, which means every other weekend in summer is four days long (for this you will receive a seasonal working allowance of £1490). Throughout the year there is some weekend work for which overtime is paid. 


We have a reputation for promoting a healthy work/life balance. If you want to see more of your children, help care for relatives, or simply get to walk your dog every evening, our flexible working arrangements will support you. You’ll have the option to buy or sell holiday days, and things such as 26 weeks fully paid parental or adoption leave, and back-up care service are standard. Click here to see how our family provisions far exceed the national average. 

We’ll give you a company van.


Our double-matched pension contribution scheme means your pension could be worth up to 18% of your salary. 

There is also the option to buy discounted National Grid shares.

Financial support for study relevant to your role is also available. 




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More Information


The closing date for this vacancy is 7th July 2022. However, we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid’s recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.