What experience do you have to land that job ? Good luck with your new job !I landed a job at a utility. We've been going over safety procedures and going over equipment for the past few weeks. I hit the field in three more weeks. 4kv all the way up to 500kv. Just wanted some input on what to expect from someone whose been there and done that
I started off doing residential. Then I took some classes at the community college. Electrical 1 and Electrical 2. I also went ahead and got my osha card and cpr and first aid qualified. I guess that was enough. They bought me on as a trainee. I'll be working with a senior sub tech for my first three years as a trainee.What experience do you have to land that job ? Good luck with your new job !
Non Union? ...Never shoulda happened.Good luck and enjoy your new job. I'm sure you will enjoy it.
John gave a real good run down.
Now I'll toss my 2 cents in. Back in 90 we lost one of our linemen. He was working on isolating a 4160 line while in a bucket truck. The rest of the crew was further down the line. They all agreed that the line was secured so he cut it..
He was dead before he hit the bottom of the bucket. He had a ground man, a new guy.. He did not know how to lower the bucket from below. It took about an hour before they got him down.
AT the time my wife was working at the facility's hospital in their security office. Our general foreman came in and it took about 30 to find a number to call his wife. Mine sat there only knowing it was an electrician who was killed in our housing section. She also knew I was working there that day also. It wasn't me, all I saw was the lights flicker. I finished what I was doing and when I walked outside, the site was directly across the street from me.. I didn't know what happened until I returned to the shop.
Be safe, look, listen and learn. Not only will it save you, it can save the man your working with.
Federal public works.bobelectric said:Non Union? ...Never shoulda happened.
One thing I just want to add, if you are manual closing any device especially a hook disconnect switch triple check that you are not closing into a fault. Even with the bucket some distance back its something you don't want to experience. Also if you have a handle operated gang switch that hasn't been opened in 30 years your better with twisting the jumpers off then trying to move it. I have herd of them failing mid way through an hot load opening. Unless you have SCADA control over the feeder that arc can go for some time.Kinda a broad question to answer, especially without knowing how they're training you. What kinda work are you gonna be doing exactly, just switchyard operations?
If you're gonna be out sticking, remember that checking your stick is just as important as the gloves and you need to give it an inspection and dry-wipe every day. Remember not to lay the stick down or you'll contaminate it, that's a real common mistake especially when guys are in a hurry.
Hold the base of a telescope with your feet while extending it, makes it a lot easier.
You can pull cutouts with a shotgun, but you're more likely to get hung up than with a switch stick so just grab the right one.
When you're operating anything, be it pulling elbows, dropping cutouts, or closing gang switches, it needs a certain amount of authority: There's no spring action to clear the arcs, and a lot of stuff is old and stuck. You do it slowly or get gun-shy about it half-way through and it will produce a heck of a light show.
On the same note: Be careful slamming things around. I've seen a lot of old insulators shatter, especially on old cutouts where ice forms in mounting holes and cracks the glass. Give everything the best visual you can before you run it, and always try to position yourself as much out of harms way as possible. If they give you switching PPE, wear it.
Check all your air gaps on all your phases before and after you run it to be sure each one is in the position it's supposed to be.
On your HV and EHV switching, you're not gonna be doing it by hand, so just make sure everyone is a safe distance sway. On your SF6 bottles, make sure you check your pressure indicators before you run anything.
Always pay attention to what circuit you're supposed to be switching, even if you have to say it out loud to yourself. Check, stop, check again, operate.
Not sure if these are helpful or if I'm just rambling?
If they do not, wait for it.If they give you switching PPE, wear it.