Substation Technician Certification from AVO

Having skilled substation maintenance technicians is essential to equipment reliability.

CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW

Substation maintenance is a key part of any plant's maintenance program. Failures in key components such as racking mechanisms, meters, relays and busses are the most common cause of unplanned outages. Transmission, distribution and switching substations generally have switching, protection and control equipment and one or more transformers. Having skilled substation maintenance technicians is essential to equipment reliability. This certification program will qualify technicians to safely maintain the wide array of equipment in a substation. What is certification? Certification means you have achieved certain performance criteria - knowledge, skills and abilities through training. Certifications prove your skills, and their value is the recognition of customers, coworkers and employers. This certification also meets the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(2)(vii).



AVO Training Institute Substation Technician Certification courses

Learning Objectives

  • Substation types, applications, components and safety procedures
  • Medium-voltage circuit breaker maintenance and testing methods
  • Perform insulation resistance, contact resistance on air, oil and vacuum breakers, and tank loss index on oil circuit breaker and vacuum bottle integrity tests on vacuum breaker
  • Switchgear arrangement, torque requirements, insulation systems and maintenance intervals
  • Perform switchgear inspection and maintenance in lab
  • Battery types, applications, systems and components
  • Perform battery maintenance and testing in lab
  • Air and disconnect switch fundamentals, maintenance and testing methods
 
 

Certification Requirements

  • Perform air disconnect maintenance and testing in lab
  • Ground testing fundamentals, maintenance and testing methods
  • Perform ground resistance testing in lab
  • Transformer fundamentals, maintenance and testing methods
  • Perform insulation resistance, transformer turns ratio (TTR), power/dissipation factor, core excitation, winding resistance and a wide range of insulating liquid tests in lab
  • Electrical hazards and safety procedures for working on/around metal-clad switchgear, substations, motor control centers and facility electrical systems
  • In-service care and use of required personal protective equipment
  • Energized and de-energized work procedures such as minimum approach distances and lockout/tagout requirements
  • Temporary and permanent grounding systems and specific equipment hazards
  • Overview of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.331-335, .269, .303, .137 and .147
 
 

Course Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Students must take and pass the required courses listed below (in any order) within an 18-month timeframe. The certification will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue.

This certification requires completion of:
One of these two safety courses:

Electrical Safety for Utilities  |  In-Person  |  Live, Virtual 4.days 2.8 CEUs
OR    
Electrical Safety for Industrial Facilities  |  In-Person  |  Live Virtual 4 days 2.8 CEUs

AND, ONE of either of these two Options:

OPTION 1:

Substation Maintenance I  |  In-Person 4.5 days 3.2 CEUs
Substation Maintenance II  |  In-Person 4.5 days 3.2 CEUs

OR,

OPTION 2:

Substation: Components, Testing and Interpretation - Hands-On  |  In-Person 4 days 2.8 CEUs
Live Virtual Substation: Components, Testing and Interpretation  |  Live, Virtual 5 days 3.5 CEUs

Any Questions?

Please contact:
Karen Hinckel
LMS Administrator/Registrar
AVO Training Institute |4545 W. Davis | Dallas, TX 75211
T: 214-330-3502
E: karen.hinckel@avotraining.com | www.avotraining.com


 


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