Electrical substations are energy distribution posts found throughout cities. A substation receives high-voltage electrical energy and transforms it into low-voltage streams, and distributes it to nearby homes and businesses via power lines. A Substation Wireman works to maintain these substations.
A substation wireman performs routine maintenance and emergency repairs on circuit breakers, transformers, power cables, and other elements at a substation. They construct, test and maintain substation relay and control systems and identify malfunctions using wiring diagrams and testing devices such as ohmmeters, voltmeters and ammeters.
The work of a substation wireman can be very dangerous because work is often performed on energized equipment. As a result, safety is imperative. Additionally, this program requires integrity, problem solving skills, good judgement and critical thinking.
Substation Electrician/Wireman Standards
Substation Electrician/Wireman Minimum Qualifications
- Must be 18 years or older
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- 1,000 hours of ground time with the training agent
Term of Apprenticeship
- Minimum of 6,000 on-the-job training hours
- 144 hours of related/supplemental instruction per year
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