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Career Pathway Spotlight-Transmission and Distribution Technician
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*Compensation averages should be used as a guide. There are numerous factors that impact actual compensation. These estimates do not include over-time, which can be a sizeable addition to base pay. Years of service and training recommendations should also be used as a guide. Company requirements vary.

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Become a Transmission &
Distribution Technician

Apprenticeship Training:

What will you do?

  • Apply Alternating Current/Direct Current concepts to daily work
  • Monitor and check substation conditions, recognize and investigate abnormal conditions
  • Test, maintain and repair substation relay and control systems
  • Use Computer Aided Design and Drafting(CADD) software as an integrated tool in design process
  • Perform relay calibration tests, including generator/transmission relaying
  • Install, test, calibrate and maintain all types of meters (polyphase, transformer, advanced)
  • Diagnose problems and perform maintenance on electronic equipment/components

What knowledge / skills / abilities will you need?

  • Ability to work within a team
  • Be able to lift 75 lbs
  • Listening and following directions
  • Math skills including algebra, trigonometry, and geometry
  • Come to work on time and prepared
  • Physical ability to climb stairs and ladders
  • Operate stiff valves manually, lift weights, control pneumatic or hydraulic wrenches
  • Read and interpret information displayed in simple graphic, chart or print form (e.g., blueprints, sketches, diagrams or drawings).
  • Apply knowledge learned in training to work environment

Experienced Technician:

What will you do?

  • Read diagrams of electric circuits
  • Serve as an expert on how a substation works and its equipment
  • Perform routine operations at the substation
  • Open and close switches to isolate defective relays, then perform adjustments or repairs
  • Inspect and test equipment to identify problems using special wiring diagrams and testing devices
  • Disconnect and replace equipment that manages voltage on high-voltage power lines
  • Set and remove meters
  • Inspect wiring to meters
  • Repair meters
  • Participate in surveying to lay out installation of new customer services
  • Inspect project sites to ensure crews are following
    design specification

What knowledge / skills / abilities will you need?

  • Use information to diagnose and solve problems
  • Be able to manage multiple tasks at once
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic mechanical principles (e.g., gear trains, centrifugal force, heat flow)
  • Comprehend entire systems and how they function
  • Foresee system implications of malfunctions or of own actions
  • Anticipate required future conditions in numerous interacting systems
  • Evaluate alternative procedures and select the most effective approach to a job in terms of safety, time, material or other requirements
  • Solve problems involving limited options (e.g., selecting the correct instrument or gauge for a job)
  • Adapt work procedures or priorities in response to changing or unforeseen requirements or conditions

Utility Supervisor:

What will you do?

  • Determine schedules and work activities of team members
  • Review team member performance and provide feedback
  • Prepare and manage budgets
  • Report to management
  • Deal with potentially stressful situations

What knowledge / skills / abilities will you need?

  • People management
  • Communications skills
  • Financial management
  • Computer skills for report preparation
  • Assign priority or sequence to the steps for completing a job
  • Coordinate several, competing activities for efficient use of time and material
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