Copyright

Be a Substation Technician's Apprentice: Training Info and Requirements

Learn how to become a substation technician's apprentice. Research the education requirements, training information and experience required for starting a career through this type of an apprenticeship. View article »

View 10 Popular Schools »

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

94% college-bound high school students
…said it was important to communicate with colleges during the search process. (Source: Noel-Levitz 2012 trend study)

Select a school or program

    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path, Executive Leader Specialization
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path
    • Master of Science in Legal Studies
    • MS in Psychology
    • MBA
    • Master of Public Health
    • MBA - Human Resources
    • MBA - Health Care Management
    • BS in Liberal Studies
    • BS in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Investment Career Focus Area
    • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
    • BS in Nutrition Science
    • BSFIN in Accelerated MS Finance
    • AAS in Business Administration - Business
    • AAS in Legal Support and Services
    • AAS in Business Administration
    • AAS in Business Administration - Food & Hotel Management
    • AAS in Business Admin-Office Management
    • AAS in Criminal Justice
    • Medical Office Administration Certificate
    • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
    • Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate
    • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
    • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate
    • View all programs
View More Schools
Show Me Schools
 Replay
  • 0:00 Substation…
  • 0:22 Career Requirements
  • 1:00 Career Steps

Find the perfect school

Video Transcript

Substation Technician's Apprentice

Substation technician's apprentices assist technicians in maintaining, repairing and installing substations, circuit breakers and related electrical equipment. After repairing and reassembling, apprentices might test equipment to determine functionality. Safety precautions must be followed when working with electricity.

Career Requirements

Training Required Associate available; postsecondary courses in electronics or electrical experience; OSHA safety courses
Experience Licensing or experience as an electrician
Key Skills Mechanical spatial ability; first aid/CPR certification
Salary $55,160 (2015 median for electrical and electronic installers and repairers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Getting into this career typically requires high school grads to complete post-secondary courses in electronics or have electrical experiences, as well as first aid and CPR. Substation technician's apprentices need to have a license or experience as an electrician as well as mechanical and spatial ability skills. In 2015, electrical and electronic installers and repairers earned a median annual wage of $55,160, stated the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now let's check out the specific steps to becoming a substation technician's apprentice.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Career Steps

Step 1: Consider a Degree in Electrical Power Maintenance

Substation technician's apprentices are generally trained on the job. Applicants with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent who have electrical experience and knowledge may be able to find employment as a substation technician apprentice. An employer may look for individuals whose educational background is in mathematics, having taken coursework in algebra and trigonometry. An associate's degree in electrical power maintenance may help those trying to gain an apprenticeship and when looking for a position after completion of training.

Step 2: Complete Safety Training Courses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers courses in electrical safety. Some states, such as California, require substation technicians to comply with state mandated electrical safety orders. Safety orders may differ depending if an apprentice is working on low-voltage or high-voltage equipment.

Since working with electrical equipment can be dangerous, employers may ask applicants to certify in first aid and CPR. Organizations, such as the American Red Cross, offer training classes in first aid and CPR. Upon completion, students are given a certification card and are required to renew it every two years.

Step 3: Pass Required Examination

Substation workers may be asked to pass a series of aptitude exams that test mechanical comprehension. These pre-employment tests are given to employees in the construction and industrial industries. They help an employer determine an applicant's mechanical spatial ability.

Step 4: Attain Applicable Licensure

While no specific licensure is required to become a substation technician apprentice, some employers may prefer apprentices in their jurisdiction to have an electrician's background. Most states require electricians to be licensed. Licensed electricians are required to have on-the-job training and classroom instruction. It is best to contact the appropriate state for specifics on licensing requirements.

Step 5: Gain Job-Related Experience

An employer may require apprentice applicants to have some skills or experience. Experience can be obtained on the job through previous employment in electrical work, construction or electrical contracting. Those working towards a degree in electrical power maintenance or electrical engineering may be able to acquire internships in order to gain experience.

To recap, with a background in electronics, possibly licensure, and applicable training in mechanics, substation technician's apprentices can earn about $55,160 a year to assist technicians in maintaining, repairing, and installing substations, circuit breakers, and related electrical equipment.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path, Executive Leader Specialization
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path
    • Master of Science in Legal Studies
    • MS in Psychology
    • MBA
    • Master of Public Health
    • MBA - Human Resources
    • MBA - Health Care Management
    • BS in Liberal Studies
    • BS in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Investment Career Focus Area
    • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
    • BS in Nutrition Science
    • BSFIN in Accelerated MS Finance
    • AAS in Business Administration - Business
    • AAS in Legal Support and Services
    • AAS in Business Administration
    • AAS in Business Administration - Food & Hotel Management
    • AAS in Business Admin-Office Management
    • AAS in Criminal Justice
    • Medical Office Administration Certificate
    • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
    • Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate
    • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
    • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • BA: Criminal Justice
    • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
    • BA: Liberal Studies
    • BA: Psychology
    • BA: Psychology - General
    • BS: Computer Science
    • AA: Criminal Justice
    • AA: Liberal Arts
    • AA: Business Administration
    • AA: Information Technology
    • AA: Cybersecurity

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MA in Communication
    • Master of Liberal Arts
    • MA in Science Writing
    • MS in Applied Economics
    • MS in Geographic Information Systems
    • MS in Bioinformatics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Science in Finance
    • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
    • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
    • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
    • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
    • MA in Education and Human Development in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services
    • MA in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
    • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
    • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
    • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
    • Master of Arts in Economics
    • Master of Public Administration and Policy
    • Master of Science in Agile Project Management
    • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Ecclesial Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Entrepreneurial Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Individualized
    • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Global Consulting
    • Master of Arts in Communication
    • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
    • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
    • Master of Arts in Government - Political Communication
    • Master of Arts in Journalism
    • Master of Arts in Law - Business
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
    • Bachelor of Arts in English - Communication
    • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Science in Business

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Master of Business Administration with a General Business Specialization
    • Master of Business Administration - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Concentration
    • Master of Business Administration - Finance Concentration
    • Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management Concentration
    • Master of Business Administration - Hospitality and Casino Management Concentration
    • Master of Business Administration - International Business Concentration

    What is your highest level of education completed?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?