Occupation information for Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and... Washington


Inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.

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Currently Employed: 260

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $44.35 - $63.84

Typical Annual Salary: $92,250 - $132,790

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary certificate

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: Less than 5 years work experience

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: 1 to 12 months on-the-job training

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typical job duties
  • Inspect and test equipment and circuits to identify malfunctions or defects, using wiring diagrams and testing devices such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or ammeters.
  • Prepare and maintain records detailing tests, repairs, and maintenance.
  • Consult manuals, schematics, wiring diagrams, and engineering personnel to troubleshoot and solve equipment problems and to determine optimum equipment functioning.
  • Analyze test data to diagnose malfunctions, to determine performance characteristics of systems, or to evaluate effects of system modifications.
  • Open and close switches to isolate defective relays, performing adjustments or repairs.
  • Notify facility personnel of equipment shutdowns.
  • Construct, test, maintain, and repair substation relay and control systems.
  • Test insulators and bushings of equipment by inducing voltage across insulation, testing current, and calculating insulation loss.
  • Repair, replace, and clean equipment and components such as circuit breakers, brushes, and commutators.
  • Schedule and supervise the construction and testing of special devices and the implementation of unique monitoring or control systems.
tools & technology
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Ammeters
  • Locking pliers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Voltage or current meters

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Compliance software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Industrial control software