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EC&I Technician : A vital role in the Power sector

In the rapidly evolving power sector, the role of an Electrical Control & Instrumentation (EC&I) Technician/Engineer is indispensable.

This position, fundamental to the maintenance and efficiency of power stations, particularly gas-fired ones, demands a unique blend of technical expertise, problem-solving skills, and a robust educational background.

As part of Astute People’s commitment to providing top-tier talent to the Power Generation, Renewable, and Nuclear energy sectors, Kevin Over, Head of Power, delves into the responsibilities, qualifications, and crucial impact of an EC&I Technician/Engineer in the industry.

Responsibilities and duties of an EC&I Technician/Engineer

An EC&I Technician/Engineer is integral to the smooth operation of power stations.

Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, their primary responsibilities include fault finding and defect rectification of electrical, control, and instrumentation equipment.

This role is critical in maintaining the reliability and efficiency of power generation systems.

Key duties encompass:

  • Fault finding and defect rectification: Rapid identification and rectification of issues in electrical and control systems are crucial to minimise downtime and ensure continuous power supply.
  • Breakdown repairs: Quick and effective repairs during breakdowns to electrical, control, and instrumentation equipment are essential to maintain operational continuity.
  • Instrumentation support: Providing support for various instrumentation needs, ensuring accurate monitoring and control of processes.
  • Troubleshooting: Skilled in diagnosing and resolving control and instrumentation issues, ensuring systems operate smoothly.
  • Calibration and maintenance: Regular calibration and maintenance of instrumentation and control systems according to procedural documentation is vital for accuracy and reliability.
  • Planned and reactive maintenance: Balancing both planned maintenance schedules and reactive maintenance needs to keep the systems in optimal condition.

These professionals work with industrial and process equipment such as boilers, turbines, switchgear, starters, VFDs, pumps, fans, motors, drives, conveyors, and control systems.

Their ability to interface and liaise with internal customers and other sub-contractors ensures seamless operations and effective communication.

Professional qualifications and skills

The role of an EC&I Technician/Engineer is demanding, requiring a strong educational foundation and hands-on experience.

The ideal candidate typically possesses:

  • HNC/HND in Electrical or C&I discipline: Higher National Certificates or Diplomas in relevant fields provide a solid technical foundation.
  • 18th Edition certification: Ensures knowledge of the latest electrical regulations and standards.
  • COMPEX certification: Indicates expertise in working with hazardous areas, crucial for safety and compliance.
  • Relevant Apprenticeship: Practical experience gained through an apprenticeship in an EC&I discipline.
  • Five years of post-Apprenticeship experience: Experience on complex engineering plants such as refineries, power stations, or COMAH sites is invaluable.
  • IOSH qualification: An advantage, indicating knowledge of health and safety practices.

Personal skills essential for this role include a strong aptitude for fault finding, diagnostics, and repair of EC&I equipment, competency in reading and interpreting technical documentation such as circuit/line diagrams and P&IDs, and the ability to perform calibrations and loop checks on DCS and PLC equipment.

Compensation and benefits

EC&I Technicians/Engineers are rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package, reflective of the critical nature of their role in the power sector.

The package typically includes:

  • Competitive salary: Commensurate with experience and expertise the salary banding for EC&I Technicians/Engineers is between £45,000-60,000.
  • Pension scheme: Providing financial security for the future.
  • Overtime opportunities: Allowing for additional earning potential.
  • Further benefits: These may include health insurance, professional development opportunities, and other perks.

The impact of EC&I Technicians/Engineers on the Power sector

The importance of EC&I Technicians/Engineers cannot be overstated.

Their expertise ensures the reliability and efficiency of power generation systems, which is crucial for meeting the ever-increasing demand for energy.

With the power sector undergoing significant transformations, including a shift towards renewable energy sources, the role of these professionals is evolving but remains central to the industry’s success.

In 2021, the global power plant maintenance market was valued at approximately $20.1 billion, with projections to reach $33.2 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2022 to 2031.

This growth underscores the increasing demand for skilled EC&I Technicians/Engineers who can maintain and optimise power generation systems.

As the power sector continues to innovate and expand, the role of the EC&I Technician/Engineer becomes even more critical.

These professionals ensure that power stations operate efficiently and reliably, contributing to the overall stability and growth of the energy industry. For those seeking a challenging yet rewarding career in this field, the opportunities are vast and promising.

Astute People is proud to connect talented EC&I Technicians/Engineers with leading roles in the power generation, renewable, and nuclear energy sectors.

With a focus on quality, expertise, and dedication, we help shape the future of the energy industry, one placement at a time.

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