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

  • Apparatus Lineman
  • Control Technician
  • Corrosion Control Fitter
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Technician (E & I Technician)
  • Electrician
  • Generating Station Mechanic
  • Generator Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Instrument and Control Technician (I & C Technician)
  • Instrument Mechanic

What They Do

  • Set forms and pour concrete footings for installation of heavy equipment.
  • Maintain inventories of spare parts for all equipment, requisitioning parts as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Run signal quality and connectivity tests for individual cables, and record results.
  • Schedule and supervise the construction and testing of special devices and the implementation of unique monitoring or control systems.
  • Disconnect voltage regulators, bolts, and screws, and connect replacement regulators to high-voltage lines.
  • Repair, replace, and clean equipment and components such as circuit breakers, brushes, and commutators.
  • Test insulators and bushings of equipment by inducing voltage across insulation, testing current, and calculating insulation loss.
  • Analyze test data to diagnose malfunctions, to determine performance characteristics of systems, or to evaluate effects of system modifications.

Interests

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

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • 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.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $78,510 with most people making between $58,450 and $93,470

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 400 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 400 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately 10 job openings annually.