Substation I 2017

This program will combine classroom instruction with hands-on, practical applications in the field. The class will be held at the NEPPA Training Center in Littleton, MA and in our new substation training area.


  1. Safety in Substations – A look at the inherent dangers inside and outside the substation fence and practical ways to mitigate those dangers.
  2. AC/DC Power systems – The differences and applications of both the AC and DC systems in the substation.
  3. Mathematics – a basic mathematics session for substation personnel.
  4. Power Transformers – The function of the Power Transformer along with the monthly checks and inspections required.
  5. Batteries, Cells, and Chargers – The importance of the substation battery bank and the necessary periodic maintenance required.
  6. Relays – The basic function of relays presenting the different types and applications: a tutorial
  7. Intro to Circuit Breakers – A presentation of the different types of Circuit Breakers and the way they extinguish arcs.
  8. Circuit Reclosers – What they are, how they are by passed, and control programming.
  9. Capacitor Banks – Why they are needed and how they are controlled and safely maintained.
  10. Voltage Regulators – How they work and how to safely by pass them along with control programming.
  11. Testing and Test Equipment – What tests are needed and how they are performed using a MEGGER, TTR, and oil sampling.
  12. Substation Grounding and Clearances – the minimum requirements of the substation ground grid and the clearances of structures and equipment



Members: $2,450
Non-Members: $3,675


Dates for 2017:






March 28 - 31
April 25 - 28
May 23 - 26

June 27 - 30

For more information, contact Jackie Campbell at or 978-540-2200








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 



Hotel Room Blocks







NEPPA has set up room blocks at the following hotels:


Courtyard Boston Littleton
102 Constitution Ave.
Littleton, MA 01460


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Hilton Garden Inn Devens
59 Andrews Parkway
Devens, Massachusetts 01434

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Devens
27 Andrews Parkway
Devens, Massachusetts 01434

King Bedded Rooms (NPEK/KSTE)

Queen/Queen Bedded Rooms (NPEL/QQST)

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Westford Regency
219 Littleton Road
Westford, MA 01886

Please call 978-692-8200 and ask for the Negotiated Rate for NEPPA