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Working As A Substation Technician

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $50,297

    Average Salary

What Does A Substation Technician Do At Exelon

* Lead Substation Techs
* Responsible for field operation, maintenance and high voltage testing tasks in company substations, and maintenance and high voltage testing tasks in customer substations.
* Required to coordinate technical activities for supervision and may be required to lead, direct, and provide liaison for complex work.
* Assists in the field technical training for subordinates.
* In the Maintenance Units, directs the work of employees engaged in maintenance and technical activities on high voltage substation equipment.
* Provides custodial care and operational inspection of Company substations.
* Evaluates test results and recommends appropriate action.
* Performs advanced substation mechanical maintenance, high voltage testing and operations tasks.
* Directs the installation of various high voltage substation equipment.
* Ensures adherence to safety, security, fire, and permit and tagging regulations, and/or proper procedures by personnel.
* Reviews and initiates changes for problems and follows-up to insure compliance.
* In the Operation Units, directs the work of employees engaged in field operations of the electric system who locate and clear trouble in substations and on circuits, restore electric service, provide custodial care and operational inspection of Company substations, and provide operational and maintenance inspection of Company equipment in customer substations

What Does A Substation Technician Do At Pike Corporation

* Able to perform rigorous physical labor.
* Must be capable of climbing and working at heights up to 125 feet above ground.
* Must possess a Commercial Drivers’ License.
* Must supply own personal hand tools required by the company for this work.
* Must supply own safety toed work boots.
* Must be capable of lifting in excess of 50 lbs.
* Must be capable of working in confined spaces/areas.
* Must be able to work independently or with others.
* Operational experience of various types of heavy equipment :
* oBucket, derrick and boom trucks
* oBackhoes, excavators and skid steer loaders
* oArticulating Man-lifts
* oPressure Diggers
* oTrenchers
* oTrack Crawler Loader/Backhoe
* oRough Terrain Telescopic Forklifts
* Willing to work over-time or long hours during emergency conditions and/or when requested.
* Schedules can change frequently and with short notice.
* Travel Required
* Capable of following Company safety rules and policies.
* Must have extensive knowledge of construction standard practices, techniques, quality requirements, applicable codes and standards.
* Must be capable of working in close proximity of energized substation equipment.
* Must interpret substation structural drawings (i.e. elevations, plan views, section views, grounding details, and foundation plans) and communicate with customers and subordinates.
* Ability to accurately appraise technical situations and recommend resolutions to problems.
* Ability to lead/coach subordinates on the crew.
* Ability to develop and interpret a material list.
* Ability to trace out phasing in a substation and verify to the three line diagrams.
* Proficient knowledge in all aspects of substation systems.
* Ability to determine the proper phase shift and rotation in paralleling transformer banks.
* Capable of running the job during the absence of the Foreman
* Ability to establish grade, elevations, and layout of foundations and cable trough in new and existing stations

What Does A Substation Technician Do At Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.

* Maintain all components associated with the efficient operation of assigned substations, both energized and de-energized.
* Assists with the supervision and training of others in maintenance of electrical equipment in substations and in the maintenance of the substation yard.
* Serve as lead technician and assist in directing the work of crew for the routing and execution of jobs assigned, and planning and laying out the specific work assignments on the job.
* Assists with the supervision of Substation Technician (Apparatus) Trainees and Apprentices.
* Maintain a first-aid card and the ability to perform first aid.
* Responsible for observance of safety rules by all co-workers.
* Maintain a Commercial Class A driver's license and operate automotive equipment.
* Set up safe clearance with dispatchers and operating personnel.
* Assist with supervising crew in specifically assigned location in coordination with direction from senior or foreman level substation technician.
* Assist with the supervision of employees in work area and be responsible for performing duties without direct supervision.
* Responsible for having all equipment maintained in ready-working condition.
* Do any other work of equal or lessor skill within the capabilities of the individual to meet emergencies or other operating needs.
* Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements.
* Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety.
* Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C
* Compliance.
* Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri
* State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities.
* Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri
* State's culture, Board policies, and business practices.
* Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
* Because Tri
* State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
* Because Tri
* State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
* Perform other related duties as assigned
* Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan the work of crews for routing and execution of jobs assigned along with planning and laying out the specific work assignments.
* Time management: the ability to meet project deadlines.
* Problem analysis and problem resolution at both strategic and functional levels.
* Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
* Strong team player

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How To Become A Substation Technician

Although most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Some electricians start out by attending a technical school. Many technical schools offer programs related to circuitry, safety practices, and basic electrical information. Graduates usually receive credit toward their apprenticeship.

After completing their initial training, electricians may be required to take continuing education courses. These courses are usually related to safety practices, changes to the electrical code, and training from manufacturers in specific products.


Most electricians learn their trade in a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship program. For each year of the program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.

In the classroom, apprentices learn electrical theory, blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training related to soldering, communications, fire alarm systems, and elevators.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Many apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • One year of algebra
  • Qualifying score on an aptitude test
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some electrical contractors have their own training programs, which are not recognized apprenticeship programs but include both classroom and on-the-job training. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some electricians enter apprenticeship programs after working as a helper. The Home Builders Institute offers a preapprenticeship certificate training (PACT) program for eight construction trades, including electricians.

After completing an apprenticeship program, electricians are considered to be journey workers and may perform duties on their own, subject to any local or state licensing requirements. Because of this comprehensive training, those who complete apprenticeship programs qualify to do both construction and maintenance work.

Some states may require a master electrician to either perform or supervise the work.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require electricians to pass a test and be licensed. Requirements vary by state. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board. Many of the requirements can be found on the National Electrical Contractors Association’s website.

The tests have questions related to the National Electrical Code, and state and local electrical codes, all of which set standards for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed electricians must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan payroll and work assignments. 

Color vision. Electricians must identify electrical wires by color.

Critical-thinking skills. Electricians perform tests and use the results to diagnose problems. For example, when an outlet is not working, they may use a multimeter to check the voltage, amperage, or resistance to determine the best course of action.

Customer-service skills. Residential electricians work with people on a regular basis. They should be friendly and be able to address customers’ questions.

Physical stamina. Electricians often need to move around all day while running wire and connecting fixtures to the wire.

Physical strength. Electricians need to be strong enough to move heavy components, which may weigh up to 50 pounds.

Troubleshooting skills. Electricians find, diagnose, and repair problems. For example, if a motor stops working, they perform tests to determine the cause of its failure and then, depending on the results, fix or replace the motor.

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Substation Technician Demographics


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  • Female



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Hebrew


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Top Substation Technician Skills

  1. Current Transformers
  2. Circuit Breaker Assembly
  3. High Voltage Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Enter data provided by substation employees for purpose of maintaining inspection records of high voltage equipment and daily equipment and operations.
  • Operated different heavy equipment to complete different tasks around the job site.
  • read schematics for entire job and lay the ground grid for the substation
  • Build electrical substations and wire everything together for the windfarms
  • Operate machinery such as bucket trucks, digger derricks, dump trucks, back hoes and chain saws.

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