What's a Substation Technician?

Substation technicians play a vital role in ensuring that businesses, institutions and homeowners have the electrical power needed to maintain their operations.

In order to acquire the necessary skills of the trade, the substation technician apprentice shall be provided with employment in the following categories:

Grounding
  • Construct protective grounding grids for electrical systems, controls, cabinets, transformers, control houses, fences and steel structures
Foundations
  • Install foundations and bases for control cabinets, transformers, control houses and steel structures
  • Be trained in digging trenching, rebar construction, utility locations and conduit installation
Fencing
  • Layout and build protective parameters and/or security fences for substation and public protection
  • Understand the minimum approach distance while working in the vicinity of energized circuits
Layout
  • Plan and layout work from blueprints, diagrams or utility specification sheets
Wiring
  • Cable pulling, coding, wiring and termination of cables for electrical systems, control monitoring and communication with the substation and outside sources
Steel Erections
  • Erect steel support structures for high voltage electrical apparatus
  • Construct steel control houses for monitor and switching
Transformers
  • Install, connect and service substation transformers and circuit breakers for maintenance and new construction
Conduit
  • Bend and install isolated high voltage pipe or bus for distribution connections between transmission lines, distribution lines and transformers
Strain Bus
  • Install suspended wire used as bus for distribution connections between transmission lines, distribution lines and transformers
Bus Welding
  • Weld conduit used as bus for circuit connections
  • Weld various materials using various welding techniques and applications
Switches
  • Assemble, install and adjust switching gear for transmission and distribution of high voltage