Utilities Vacancies Utilities jobs are available in a number of industries including water, sewage, gas and electricity. There are a wide range of different roles within each of these industries. Utilities jobs involve the sourcing, production, delivery and maintenance of utilities supplies. If this is a field that interests you, you will have lots of career options available to you. Each role has different duties and responsibilities. An overview of just some of these duties includes: Testing and maintaining supplies Repairs to ensure utilities are delivered to customers Keeping water and sewage systems clean and clear Adhering to health, safety and legal legislation Designing systems for efficient and cost-effective delivery of utilities Investigating practices that reduce the impact of utilities on the environment Writing reports Attending meetings Working in collaboration with other professionals Working in an advisory capacity Working hours for utilities jobs depend on the role. People working in management will have standard office hours and are based in offices. Engineers may split their time between the office and on-site locations. They may need to do overtime, shift work or on-call duties. Those who do practical roles will spend most of their time on site. People working in water plants or energy production plants may operate on a shift system. Salaries for utilities jobs are diverse and reflect the role, your experience, your qualifications and your level of responsibility. As a guide, graduates may have a starting salary of anywhere between £18,00 and £30,000. Those with experience in this industry could earn £30,000 and £50,000. Senior roles are rewarded with salaries up to £70,000. The qualifications needed for utilities jobs depends on your specific role, your level of responsibility, the field you work in and your experience. Location is another factor that may impact on salaries of utilities jobs. It is possible to train for some positions while completing an Apprenticeship. Other positions will require a degree that is relevant to the industry. The best degrees to choose are those within the disciplines of science, engineering, maths and technology. If there is a specific career you want to enter, it is important to check the best courses of study for that particular role. Utilities jobs also require a diverse range of skills and qualities. Although these vary depending on your role, some typical skills and qualities expected include: A keen interest in engineering, technology and the environment The ability to plan, prioritise and meet deadlines Excellent written and verbal skills The ability to work well within a team Strong maths and ICT skills The ability to lead and motivate a team A willingness to keep up to date with industry developments Experience and knowledge of the appropriate computer software The ability to work independently using your own initiative Utilities jobs cover a wide range of roles with industries such as electricity, gas, water and sewage. Anyone interested in working in these sectors will have a lot of choice of different potential career paths. These roles are interesting, rewarding
A brief history of Glasgow The River Clyde is key to the growth of Glasgow from a small 6th century settlement to the biggest city in Scotland today, and the third biggest city in the United Kingdom. From a 6th century settlement to today There is evidence of a settlement on the River Clyde since prehistoric times, but it is Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city who is famous for founding the city in the 6th century with the construction of a small church where Glasgow cathedral now stands. Bishop Jocelyn is credited with gaining the status of burgh for the city in the 12th century from King William, thus creating a cause for celebration which led to the creation of the Glasgow Fair, an event which still takes place today. The Scottish Englighteenment period Glasgow's biggest periods of growth which contributed to its size and status today were during the Scottish Enlightenment period and the Industrial Revolution. The Scottish Enlightenment was a period in which Glasgow, in particular, was recognised for its contribution towards philosophy, literacy and invention at a European level. It took place during the era of the signing of the Act of Union between England and Scotland as the two countries joined as part of Great Britain. The famous poet Robert Burns, philosopher and economist David Hume and economic pioneer Adam Smith who wrote the Wealth of Nations, were key drivers of the changes associated with this period in Glasgow's history. The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution brought about a great number of changes to the city, notably along the River Cyde which was drained to make way for shipbuilding yards. The heart of the city was transformed by a deep river and the industries and wealth which grew and prospered from it, from cotton to glass production, to textiles, paper and soap. As well as new wealth, the Industrial Revolution impacted on the migration of people from the countryside to the city, thus determining the layout and construction of the city today. From hospitals to schools to housing, Glasgow retains signs of its Industrial Revolution history in its makeup today. Present day Glasgow Named European City of Culture in 1990, Glasgow today is a hub for finance, education, culture, arts, food and one of Scotland's most famous exports - Scottish whisky. There are several distilleries in and around the city which help contribute to the economic wealth of the city and its inhabitants.