Higher Apprentice - Transmission Network Control Centre Engineer - National Grid, Warwick

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Qualification Requirements:

You will need to have a GCSE in English Language at Grade C or above (or equivalent) with one of the following:

  • 2 A Levels A* - C (1 must be in either Maths OR Physics)
  • BTEC National Certificate Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Engineering Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  • BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Engineering Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  • ONC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  •  HNC/HND in Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering Grade Pass, Merit or Distinction
  • Degree in Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Engineering discipline



National Grid is part of the UK’s National Infrastructure as defined by the government. It provides an essential service which life in the UK depends. Electricity is the lifeblood of our society – without it, the things we take for granted like turning on the lights and heating our homes would be impossible, and everyday life would grind to a halt.

It’s a responsibility the Electricity Transmission Owner (ETO) takes on with pride, as we Bring Energy to Life. The ETO is the Transmission Directorate that owns and operates the high-voltage electricity transmission system across England and Wales; it is made up of approximately 7,200km of overhead lines, approx. 1,400km of underground cables and 335 substations. These all serve to safely and securely connect sources of electricity generation to the electricity transmission network.

About the role

Here in the Transmission Network Control Centre (TNCC) we are at the heart of the electricity transmission system and are responsible for the 24/7 real time operational control of the electricity network. We deliver safe and efficient access to the network, support development and construction and respond effectively to transmission network events.

However, the TNCC is not just about the control centre, working in parallel are the teams who support and develop our critical IS systems and development on the network, set the strategic direction, build on the capability of the workforce, ensure that resilience arrangements are in place, implement policies and procedures and ensure that the plans, records and resources required for systems changes are available.

As a Transmission Network Control Centre engineer, you could be placed in any of these teams; the specific team will be allocated once you near the end of the 18 month scheme. We will endeavour to meet your preference where possible, but wherever you end up we will provide an exciting and rewarding future in the TNCC.

Key tasks and areas of work

Responsibilities will include:

  • Carrying out switching and safety processes on the 400KV and 275 kV network to deliver the optimum system configurations and running arrangements to provide a secure service.
  • Deliver access to the network that is required to allow critical maintenance / construction and support customer connections.
  • Provide a secure service to our customers, while delivering the access to the network that is required to allow critical maintenance and construction.
  • Switching reactive equipment to manage the voltage profile across the transmission network in real time and provide the resilience we need to manage transmission system events such as, equipment, faults and adverse weather conditions.
  • Responding quickly and effectively to a range of critical alarms and call
  • Support in the training delivery and control room authorisations
  • Provide authorisation assurance
  • Ensure that the TNCC has robust policies, facilities and plans in place to  support 24/7 control room activities.
  • Liaise with our customers in the distribution networks, generating companies and large industrial units to understand their needs and deliver the network service they require.
  • Support the development of new and existing critical IS systems, tools and facilities that provide the infrastructure needed to deliver the service customers expect.


Join us in the TNCC and we will provide you with a range of skills, experiences and qualifications needed to help you drive a long and successful career in National Grid and the wider industry.

We provide the opportunity to be innovative in a pioneering business that makes a difference to peoples everyday lives.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Build strategic relationship through working collaboratively across the business
  • Have a strong understanding of how the electricity transmission system operates in real time
  • Have an awareness of Performance Excellence tools and techniques
  • Interact with operational employees and customers

You will be challenged from the start as you juggle studying for a Foundation degree with invaluable work experience, but we’ll support you every step of the way.

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