Greenwich Power Station Shift Engineer

Transport for London
13 Apr 2018
30 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Salary: GBP50,946 - GBP61,000pa
Location: Greenwich Power Station, SE10 9NY

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Power Station Shift Engineer/Shift Team Leader to join London Underground to play a vital role in ensuring the ongoing operation of the railway system, at a time when they are looking to embark on improvements to the station with a view to expand operations to meet the needs of future generations.

The Shift Engineer is responsible for the safe and efficient day to day operation and maintenance of the Greenwich Generating Station, which consists of seven Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGT) with a combined output of 103MW.

The Generating Station provides London Undergrounds Central Emergency Power Supply (CEPS) as part of the Safety Certificate and Safety Authorisation for operating the railway.

In addition, generation is provided commercially in providing a Demand Reduction service by reducing London Undergrounds overall demand at times of system stress on the national grid network, and also for reducing London Undergrounds Transmission Network Use of Services (TNUoS) tariff charges over the winter period (Nov to Feb).

You will be accountable for ensuring the availability of the Gas Turbines through the delivery of routine maintenance activities and the safe operation of the Generating Stations Assets with the support of a Shift Fitter .

This role requires the manning of the station on a 24/7 365 day basis as part of a team consisting of 5 Shift Engineers and 5 Shift Fitters, working a 5 cycle shift pattern based on 12 hour shifts days/nights.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Knowledge, understanding and compliance with London Underground and site specific Health Safety Environmental and Quality policies and procedures. Conduct Health and Safety audits/inspections.
  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the Generation Station Assets.
  • Working to a safe system of work including carrying out safe isolations of the generation assets and the acceptance/issue of High Voltage and Mechanical and Electrical (Non-HV) permit to work/safety documentation.
  • Produce and review work instructions/method statements and risk assessments for Operational and Engineering work activities.
  • Maintenance of the generation assets both planned and reactive to ensure continued availability. Including fault diagnostics and rectification across all three disciplines (electrical, Control and Instrumentation and mechanical).
  • Collation of operational data required for contractual statistical information and for environmental and legislative compliance. Including contractual compliance with the stations gas supplier by submission of daily gas usage data.
  • Line Management of the Shift Fitter in providing supervision of/and assisting the Shift Fitter to perform their duties where necessary.
  • Induction and supervision of external contract staff.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • You will have excellent communication skills (Essential)
  • Proven IT skills - with the ability to produce, record and process data and information. (Essential)
  • Team player. (Essential)
  • Supervisory/line management skills. (Essential)
  • Calm under pressure, proactive and resourceful. (Essential)

  • Minimum qualification of a Higher National Certificate or equivalent in either an Electrical, Control and Instrumentation or Mechanical Engineering discipline. (Essential)
  • High voltage experience - Essential (Ideally holder of a London Underground HV1 licence, but not essential).
  • Hold PASMA licence. (Desirable)
  • Hold IPAF licence. (Desirable)
  • Hold IOSH Managing Safety Certificate (Desirable)
  • Hold Fork lift truck drivers licence. (Desirable)
  • Power station or electrical supply industry knowledge from either an operational or maintenance perspective. (Essential)
  • Deep understanding of the principles and operation of control and protection systems. (Essential)
  • Deep knowledge of safe systems of work/safety rules. (Essential)

  • You will have previous experience in a power station environment (ideally gas fired power generation but not essential) or from the electrical supply industry sector. (Essential)
  • Experience in the operation of rotating generation plant (gas or steam turbines), generators and ancillary plant/equipment. (Essential)
  • Experience of carrying out planned and reactive maintenance on Electrical, Control and Instrumentation and Mechanical plant/equipment and systems. (Essential)
  • Experience of carrying out high voltage switching operations and circuit isolation and earthing. (Essential)
  • You will have experience in the application of safe systems of work/safety rules including carrying out isolations and issue/acceptance of safety documentation (e.g. permit to work). (Essential)
  • Experience of supervising both direct and indirect staff, ideally in a team leader/supervisory role. (Essential)

Equality and Diversity

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability status.

Application Process

Please apply using your CV and a two page covering letter.

Think carefully about the skills, knowledge and experience in the advert and cover this in your CV and cover letter.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27th April :59 hours

Additional Information:

Grade: Q2

This is a safety critical role; therefore Occupational Health Clearance and security check clearance will be required.


In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow. Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include:
  • Final salary pension scheme
  • Free travel for you on the TfL network
  • A 75% discount on National Rail Season Ticket and interest free loan
  • 29 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays
  • Tax-efficient childcare payments
  • Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme
  • Retail, health, leisure and travel offers
  • Discounted Eurostar travel

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