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Substation II Program





NEPPA is pleased to be building a completely revitalized Substation Program, including both Substation I and Substation II. 


In order to adequately revise and develop new content, including a comprehensive peer review process, the next Substation II Program will not be held again until 2021.   If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Elise Braese, Director of Education & Programs at or call the office at (978) 540-2200.



Unless otherwise noted, the Substation II Program will continue to be held 4-days/week for 4 weeks/year. NEPPA’s Substation II Program is designed to build upon the foundations learned in the Substation I Program, and focus on the principles of substation design, construction, operations and maintenance.  


In addition to in-class lecture, the Substation II 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.



Course Dates & Hours


Substation II will not be offered again until 2021 (see statement above).  To be notified as soon as additional information becomes available, please email





NEPPA Training Center

200 New Estate Road

Littleton, MA 01460



Learning Objectives

Upcon successful completion of the Program, Substation II particicpants should be able to:


  • Apply concepts on how to design, build, maintain, troubleshoot and repair a substation.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding and knowledge of applicable standards, specifications and regulations such as OSHA and the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
  • Practice safely entering, exiting and performing maintenance in a substation.
  • Apply advanced concepts of the substation’s role in a distribution system including testing and programming.
  • Demonstrate ability to test and program equipment found in a substation, including applicable safety precautions including PPE
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of SCADA, as well as switching and tagging.
  • Safely rack a circuit breaker
  • Safely bypass a voltage regulator
  • Safely deenergize and reenergize a power transformer
  • Demonstrate a holistic understanding of Transmission & Distribution and overall operations including:
    • NESC
    • Overhead Distribution
    • Underground Distribution
    • Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) & Energy Storage



Course Prerequisites


In order to be succesful in the Substation II Program, students are expected to participate in the new Basic Electricity and Mathematics for Utility Operations course, as well as successfully complete the Substation I Program.  





Substation II will not be held until 2021.  Please email to be notified as soon as additional details become available.   





Steve Socoby, Director of Technical Training 

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Steve 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 & substation responsibilities. He is a recognized expert in safety and OSHA compliance.


In his role of Director of Technical Training, he oversees NEPPA's lineworker program 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.



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.





Please contact Sarah Elise Braese, Director of Education & Programs at or call the office at (978) 540-2200.