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Trainee Protection & Control Field Engineer

Thurso, Highlands, Scotland / Scotland, Wick, Highlands / Inverness, Highlands, Scotland
£44195 - £71370 per annum + Car Allowance
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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About the role

Base Location: Inverness, Thurso, Wick or Dyce

Salary: £44,195 - £71,370 + car / car allowance + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

This role is advertised as a trainee position, however experienced applicant will be considered also.

The key responsibilities of a Trainee Protection Field Engineer are as follows:

- Ensure the Transmission network operates to the highest reliability standards through technical management of connected protection and control system, and associated HV plant.

- Help to deliver the multimillion-pound capital delivery programme on our transmission network, including the commissioning of new protection and control, primary HV equipment and substation auxiliary systems.

- Learn or have knowledge all aspects of field protection and control work, including commissioning, maintenance, scheme design, setting calculation and verification, outage management, contractor liaison and budget management.

- You may be required to work away from your base location on occasion depending on operational and project requirements.

- Participation in a paid out of hours standby rota due to the 24/7 nature of operating a high voltage Transmission network.

What do I need?

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

- A qualification in a relevant electrical engineering subject (a minimum HNC level is desirable).

- Previous experience and technical knowledge of power systems protection, including installation and commissioning of high voltage plant and apparatus up to 400kV.

- Have a good understanding of reading and interpreting protection single line, schematic and block diagrams.

- Experience or willingness to learn carrying out testing and fault-finding on secondary wiring and auxiliary equipment, including the application of logic and settings files on integrated electronic protection devices and schemes.

- Hold or be willing to work SAP or High Voltage Switching authorisations, especially at Transmission voltages up to 400kV.

- Please note applications will also be considered from electrical engineers from other sectors with less specific protection experience, with a starting salary commensurate with experience levels. Training and development will be provided to ensure continuous progress.

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?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave 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 encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Iona on 01738 344049.

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality 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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