Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay

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About the Job

Inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.

It is also Called

  • Wireman
  • Transformer Repairer
  • Test Technician
  • Substation Wireman
  • Substation Technician
  • Substation Mechanic
  • Substation Electrician
  • Relay Technician
  • Relay Operator
  • Relay Engineer
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What They Do

  • Set forms and pour concrete footings for installation of heavy equipment.
  • Disconnect voltage regulators, bolts, and screws, and connect replacement regulators to high-voltage lines.
  • Test oil in circuit breakers and transformers for dielectric strength, refilling oil periodically.
  • Schedule and supervise splicing or termination of cables in color-code order.
  • Schedule and supervise the construction and testing of special devices and the implementation of unique monitoring or control systems.
  • Test insulators and bushings of equipment by inducing voltage across insulation, testing current, and calculating insulation loss.
  • Construct, test, maintain, and repair substation relay and control systems.
  • Maintain inventories of spare parts for all equipment, requisitioning parts as necessary.
  • Run signal quality and connectivity tests for individual cables, and record results.
  • Repair, replace, and clean equipment and components such as circuit breakers, brushes, and commutators.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $69,070 with most people making between $54,210 and $88,120

Outlook

0.22%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 890 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 910 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 2 openings due to growth and about 18 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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