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Trainee Engineer - Transmission (September 2023 Intake)

Scotland, Dundee / Perth, Scotland, Perth & Kinross / Scotland, Highlands, Inverness
Up to £21051 per annum
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

Job Details

About the Role

Base Location: Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen, Inverness

Salary: Circa £20,051 + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances, and wellbeing. Salary upon finishing the trainee engineer programme is circa £34,000 per annum.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time

What is the Role?

Our Trainee Engineer programme lasts for three years and combines academic study with work based experience. Working within our Transmission business, you'll have the opportunity to study towards an HNC/Foundation Degree in Electrical Engineering.

When not studying, you will balance your time on placements which may include working in the field in Transmission, the Control Rooms or working alongside experienced SSE crafts people and engineers. You will have opportunities to work towards becoming a Low Voltage Switcher and then work towards High Voltage Switching (which makes the Network safe to work on, maintains Network integrity and resilience whilst ensuring safe and reliable supply of electricity), and become more involved in the daily operation, repair and design of the future Network whilst supporting the drive towards a Transmission NetZero. There may be opportunities to work on protection of the Network and also plan and conduct connection work and gain an appreciation to how our Land and consents teams work.

By the time you reach the third year of the programme you'll be given increased responsibility in managing jobs, including all technical aspects, safety management and the supervision of crafts people or contractors. On completion of your programme, you will be qualified to work as one of the following disciplines Maintenance, Engineering Project Manager, Project Design, Systems Planner, or an Operational Control Engineer.

The Transmission Trainee Engineer programme is designed to build the foundation blocks of your electrical career within the Transmission business, providing you with great opportunities to be exposed to engineering excellence across the our business whilst developing your academic, theoretical and practical skills. This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to become the Power Engineer of the future.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to be:

- Highly organised and self-driven with the ability to manage your time well.

- Flexible in your approach to work to maximise your chances of success, and you should be happy working alone or as part of a team.

- Comfortable to spend some time living away from home whilst attending college or on placements across SSE.

For entrance onto the educational aspect of our programme it's important that you have, or expect to achieve the below qualifications prior to starting the programme in September 2023.

- 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above including Maths, OR 2 A levels at grade CC or above including maths

- National 5 Physics or Engineering Science plus English at grade C or above, OR GCSE Physics and English at grade C or above, or equivalent

We are happy to accept applications from candidates with equivalent level engineering / technical qualifications such a HNC in an engineering related discipline. We will not be able to accept a HNC in electrical engineering for our Transmission business area as this will be the qualification that you will be studying on the programme.

About our Business

SSEN Transmission owns and operates the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, transporting energy from where it is generated to where it is needed, providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities it serves. Home to some of the UK's greatest resources of renewable energy, SSEN Transmission is playing a critical role in the transition to a low carbon future, developing, building, maintaining, and operating a network for net zero.

What's in it for you?

An excellent package with 34 days holiday entitlement, enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE to find out more.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online. If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact us by email or you are very welcome to request a call if you would prefer to discuss on the phone.

Before commencing employment with SSE, youll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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