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2021 Substation I Program 


March - June, 2021         |       NEPPA Training Center (Littleton, MA)


As with most in-person training, we ask that participants remain flexible as we approach the coming year.  Although every effort will be made to hold classes in-person at NEPPA's Training Center in Littleton, MA, we will likely have a combination of in-person, hybrid and virtual sessions.




Under guidance from federal, state, and local authorities, NEPPA has reopened its Headquarters/Training Center.  In-house and @Your-Site Training is being held and scheduled in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines. 



All visitors, staff and trainers must follow the established practices and protocols to ensure the safety, health and well-being of the NEPPA community. 

Click here for NEPPA's COVID-19 Visitor Policy.



For authorization to enter the Training Center, all visitors must complete this Health Screening Form.




NEPPA's Substation I Program is held 4-days/week for 4 weeks/year.  Substation I is designed to be an introduction to substations including safety, design, operation, equipment and theory.


*NEW* Beginning in 2021, each Friday of the session will consist of a virtual review of the week's material and online testing.  Students should plan to attend classes in-person at the Training Center Tuesday - Thursday, and join the session(s) remotely on Friday.


In addition to in-class lecture, the Substation I Program incorporates hands-on application of concepts and testing, field visits and tours of different installations, and weekly testing including a final exam to demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the course content.


Upon successful completion of the Program, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion.


Click here to download the detailed agenda.



Who Should Attend


This program is designed for the following:

  • Lineworkers or operations employees
  • Substation Technicians
  • Employees or Supervisors transitioning from other departments
  • Engineers
  • Construction Supervisors
  • Project Managers



Course Dates & Hours


Unless otherwise notes, in-person sessions are held from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (Tuesday - Thursday) and 8:00 am - 11:00 am (Friday). 


Each Friday of the session will consist of a virtual review of the week's material and online testing.  Students should plan to attend classes in-person at the Training Center Tuesday - Thursday, and join the session(s) remotely on Friday.


Dates are subject to change however advance notice will be provided, as needed.


Session I:  March 30 - April 2, 2021 *

* Day 1, March 30th: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Session II:  April 20 - 23, 2021

Session III:  May 18 - 21, 2021

Session IV:  June 15 - 18, 2021






Fridays are virtual.  All in-person sessions are held at:

NEPPA Training Center

200 New Estate Road

Littleton, MA 01460



Learning Objectives


  • Recognize safety hazards in a substation
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of how electricity is transmitted through substations
  • Practice safely entering, exiting and performing maintenance in a substation.
  • Apply concepts of the substation’s role in a distribution system.
  • Identify and classify equipment found in a substation, including applicable safety precautions including PPE
  • Demonstrate an understanding of SCADA, as well as basic switching and tagging.
  • Ability to deenergize and reenergize a power transformer
  • Recognize applicable standards, specifications and regulations such as OSHA and the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).



Click here to download the detailed agenda.


Course Prerequisites 


Students are expected to take NEPPA’s Basic Electricity and Mathematics for Utility Operations (BEM) course, and/or demonstrate a solid understanding of basic electricity concepts, theory and mathematics through prequalification testing.  The BEM Class will be held on the first day of Substation I from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.





Registration fees include coffee and lunch each day.  If you have any dietary restrictions or considerations, please make note on your registration. 


Members $2,625
Non-Members $3,900



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Cancellations are accepted until Tuesday, March 16, 2021.  Substitutions may be made at any time prior to the start of the first session.






Tim Richardson, P.E., Technical & Safety Trainer


TRichardsonTim Richardson joined NEPPA in September of 2019 and has been an asset to the training team.  Tim has a long history working in the electric utility industry, including as General Manager of Belmont Municipal Light Department from 1995 - 2007.


Most recently, Tim has worked as Principal of Fundy Power Services, LLC and at Consulting Engineers Group prior to that.  


Tim brings a wealth of both technical and safety expertise to the organization and applies his expertise of both in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-learn approach.



Thomas (Tom) Succi, Technical & Safety Trainer - Day 1: Basic Electricity & Mathematics for Utility Operations

TSucciTom has worked in metering in New England for the past 48 years as a meter technician, instructor, engineer and manager. He has created instructional programs and taught in the region for most of his career and also ran the meter apprentice training for many years at National Grid as a Principal Trainer.


He recently retired as the Supervisor of Meter Test and Engineering at United Illuminating and looks forward to continuing his career as an instructor. Tom holds a BS and an AS in Engineering Technology as well as an advanced certificate in Management from WPI.


Tom and his wife Arlene currently reside in Connecticut.






Lodging is not included in your registration fees and must be arranged directly with the hotel. If you need overnight accommodations, please contact any of the following hotels directly and be sure to mention you’re with NEPPA (or the appropriate code/account number) to receive the negotiated rate:


Courtyard by Marriott Littleton - King: $155/night + tax; Queen/Queen: $165/night + tax

102 Constitution Avenue

Littleton, MA 01460

(978) 440-5040 - If calling to make your reservation, be sure to mention either NEPPA or Northeast Public Power

Click here to make your reservation online using the Corporate Rate: BZL *** Due to COVID, please call the hotel directly.


Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center - $99/night + tax

242 Adams Place

Boxboro, MA 01719

(978) 263-8701


The Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center - $109/night + tax (with breakfast)

219 Littleton Road

Westford, MA 01886

(978) 692-8200

Click here to make your reservation online using the Rate Access Code: NEPPA.


SpringHill Suites Devens Common Center - $129/night + tax

27 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-3030

Click here to make your reservation online.


Hilton Garden Inn Devens - $129/night + tax

59 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-0600

Click here to make your reservation online using the Group Code: BZL.





Please contact or call the office at (978) 540-2200.