|T & D Technicians: What will you do?
||What competencies will you need? (built on energy foundational competencies—incremental as career advances)
|Note: Most utilities use a pre-employment test—to pass you will need math, communications, problem solving, and mechanical reasoning skills.
Apprenticeship Training Components:
- Fundamentals of Electricity (Alternating Current / Direct Current)
- Substation Mechanical Operations
- Advanced Substation Mechanics
- Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)
- Electric Distribution Fundamentals: Technical–Advanced
- 4 KV & 13 KV Basic Relaying
- Generator Relaying
- Fundamentals of Electronic Test Equipment
- Transmission Relaying
- Polyphase Meter
- Transformer Meter
- Wiring Inspection
- Advanced Meter
- Able to lift 75 lbs
- Listen and follow directions
- Math skills including algebra, trig, 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Energy Industry Competency Model
|Energy industry careers offer:
- Excellent salaries
- Opportunities for advancement
- Job growth & stability
- Community service
- Great benefits
Where can I find training?
Use the Get Into Energy Training Program Locator at getintoenergy.com/googleapp/.
Where can I find a job?
Use the Get Into Energy Jobs website at getintoenergy.jobs/.