Substation II 2017

This program will combine classroom instruction with hands-on, practical applications in the field. 


  1. Clearing Substation Equipment for Maintenance is an in depth look at Switching and Tagging Operations
  2. Device ID's are continually covered to allow each participant to become more familiar with the standard device ID numbers.
  3. Grounding and Clearances in Substations is a look at the NESC as it pertains to grounding and allowable clearances of substation equipment.
  4. Electrical Test Equipment and Testing Substation Equipment is a hands on exercise in testing relays, insulation tests of circuit breakers and other substation equipment as testing equipment becomes available
  5. Advanced Relays is an in depth look at Distance Relays, Pilot Wire Relays, Differential Relays etc. An invitation is sent to Schweitzer for them to come in and present a class on their relays.
  6. Advanced Circuit Breakers Is an in depth look at the various tests typically conducted on circuit beakers and how different circuit breakers work.
  7. Programming Circuit Reclosers is control programming with an invitation to factory experts to use company specific software to program recloser controls.
  8. Advanced Voltage Regulators is a hands on exercise in the internal workings of voltage regulators which are very similar to tap changers.
  9. Wiring Diagrams is a one or two day session with Mike Coppolletti, an engineer from Wellesley Light Department to cover the various diagrams used in substation trouble shooting.
  10. Spill Control Countermeasure Plans are looked at in detail and cover the necessary requirements for an SOPCC Plan.




Members: $2,450
Non-Members: $3,675 




Please note:  Dates are subject to change
*we will only hold a program if we receive enough requests*

Dates for 2017:






September 19 - 22
October 24 - 27
December 19 - 22
January 8 - 12, 2018


All classes are 8 am - 2 pm




Steve Socoby, Director of Training 


He has 36 years of hands on experience in all facets of operations, of public power utilities including: Line Superintendent; supervision of crews, maintenance, new construction, reliability and associated plant & sub-station responsibilities. He is a recognized expert in safety and OSHA compliance.


In his role of Director of Training, he is responsible for development and quality of safety & technical programs. He also oversees the line-workers’ school and teaches utility management and supervision, electronic controls and power-line operation programs.

Recognized as an industry leader and expert Steve has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Northeast Public Power Association and been recognized by the Maine State Legislature for his previous 30 Years of Distinguished Service. Steve attended the University of Maine at Orono.






NEPPA Training Center
200 New Estate Road
Littleton, MA 01460 


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