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Career

Power Generation and Distribution Engineer

A power generation and distribution engineer deals with the transmission of power-including electricity, gas, heat, and refrigeration-from the plants and stations where it is produced to the cities, homes, railways, and industries where it is needed. A power distribution team develops designs to supply power to commercial and industrial facilities, as well as maintain and operate power source machinery (eg boilers, turbines, compressors) and equipment that distributes this power. Typically, power generation has four components: power generation plants, substations, transmission lines and distribution lines. Electrical and telecommunications engineers are employed within the component fields of power generation. View to see a detailed diagram of equipment used in a typical electric power generation, transmission and distribution system (note this is an American site used purely as an example).

Power engineers can also choose to focus on researching the environmental impact of power production, and developing ways of harnessing sustainable sources of energy.

Other tasks within this position involve:

  • Budgeting losses and operating costs
  • Acting as a technical point of contact
  • Leading the technical aspect of proposals

With the rapidly increasing demand for energy, employment prospects for power engineers are strong. They may work with a number of technological and fuel-powered energy sources, such as solar power, wind power, natural gas, hydroelectric power, and nuclear power.