Substation apprentice


The Substation Apprentice is an employee who is in training to become a Substation Journeyman. A Substation Apprentice will gain a working knowledge of substation equipment, electrical wiring and testing through the program.

Substation Apprentices assist Substation Journeyman with installing, maintaining, testing, adjusting, troubleshooting and repairing substation equipment which includes, but is not limited to, transformers, regulators, load tap changers, circuit breakers, circuit switchers, motor-operated and manual switches, bus work, electrical wiring, battery banks and chargers, and substation structures. They operate substation equipment, including the switching of the electrical network and grounding of de-energized equipment. Apprentices perform substation apparatus testing such as power factor, transformer turns ratio, insulation resistance, ductor, battery load, oil sampling, and other analytical tests under the direction of a Substation Journeyman.


  • Substation Apprentices are expected to follow safety rules and company standards. They may work in confined spaces, elevated work areas, and operate bucket and boom trucks. Occasionally required to work long hours. Apprentices are responsible for the care and upkeep of tools, test equipment, and vehicles.
  • As an apprentice you may be required to work anywhere in our service area (northern California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming) while you obtain training in various areas of the field.
  • This job requires working in inclement weather.
  • An Apprentice Substation and Journeyman Substation must be willing and available to respond to “after hours” emergencies and work when called upon. This is not optional, it is required.
  • Must be courteous and efficient when working with members of the public.

The strongest candidates will have:

Proof of electrical theory training with a B or better grade through an accredited educational institution that
includes the following classes:

  • AC and DC Circuits, EET-1140
  • Power and Motors, EET-2120
  • Industrial Controls, EET-2170

Courses taken at institutions other than Salt Lake Community College will be mutually approved on a case by case basis. Electrically qualified journeymen whose qualifications can be verified through documentation and/ or assessment will meet the course work requirement outlined above.

It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

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