Substation Inspector

Inspect and test electric current-converting and distribution equipment.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Substation Inspectors do?

Inspects and tests electric current-converting and distribution equipment in attended or unattended substations to verify operating efficiency and accuracy of equipment: Examines transformers, oil switches, fuses, lighting arresters, voltage regulators, and related equipment, and tests circuitry, using standard electrical testing apparatus, to verify that new equipment is correctly installed and wired. Inspects automatic supervisory-controls in unattended stations to verify their performance of supervisory functions, according to specifications and cumulative station-operation records. Performs acceptance and performance tests under direction of engineering personnel to evaluate performance of new and operating equipment. Calculates average and peak load conditions of station from electric recording instrument data and compiles report of load conditions and test results for equipment performance evaluation and system planning purposes. Repairs or replaces blown fuses and defective switches or wires. Opens switches to deenergize station circuitry and distribution lines preparatory to repairs by maintenance workers or linecrews. May control operation of attended station in absence of regular operator. May patrol power lines [ELECTRIC POWER LINE EXAMINER]. When inspecting unattended substations, may be designated Substation Inspector, Automatic.


Should I be a Substation Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Refrigeration Service Inspector, Substation Inspector, Automatic

    How to become a Substation Inspector

    Most Substation Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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