Also known as Electrical and Instrumentation Technician (E I Technician), Electrical Technician, Instrument and Control Technician (I C Technician), Instrumentation and Control Technician (IC Technician), Relay Technician, Substation Electrician, Substation Mechanic, Substation Technician, Substation Wireman, Wireman
Also known as Electrical and Instrumentation Technician (E I Technician), Electrical Technician, Instrument and Control Technician (I C Technician)
Substation Mechanics inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.
Substation Mechanics are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Substation Mechanics. More generally, Substation Mechanics are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Substation Mechanic is $85,340, and the average salary is $83,150. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Substation Mechanic salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Substation Mechanics earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Substation Mechanics earn less than $54,680 per year, 25% earn less than $68,820, 75% earn less than $99,390, and 90% earn less than $110,110.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Substation Mechanics is expected to change by -2.6%, and there should be roughly 1,700 open positions for Substation Mechanics every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Substation Mechanic are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Substation Mechanics typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Substation Mechanic tend to value Support, Independence, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Substation Mechanics strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Substation Mechanics strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Substation Mechanics moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Substation Mechanics must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, analytical thinking, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Substation Mechanics, ranked by importance:
Substation Mechanics often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Substation Mechanics usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Substation Mechanics may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, engineering and technology, or mathematics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Substation Mechanics might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Substation Mechanics must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Substation Mechanics need abilities such as near vision, problem sensitivity, and arm-hand steadiness in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Substation Mechanics, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Substation Mechanics frequently use skills like critical thinking, equipment maintenance, and repairing to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Substation Mechanics, ranked by their relative importance.
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