Power and Trades Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship: Assistant Substation Operator and Electrical Maintenance Journeyman

Program Info

Effective Term
Spring 2018
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement
Office Contact
School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development: 313-845-9645, bepdinfo@hfcc.edu, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Faculty Contact
James Elmer: 313-317-4129, jlelmer@hfcc.edu, Technology Bldg, Room: E-162

Program Description


Focuses on the operation and maintenance of substations and switchyards, identifies commonly used equipment, and the roles and responsibilities of field personnel. Students should be able to identify and apply safe work practices, identify various equipment including power transformers, circuit breakers, system controls, and substation batteries. Students should be able to follow a schematic diagram and identify sequence functions (normal and abnormal conditions). Students should also be able to identify safety tools and personal protective equipment necessary to perform daily tasks and troubleshoot potential hazards.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Create an operating sequence for isolating, testing and inspection of various substation switchyard equipment.
  2. Identify the various types of transformers used in a substation and their purpose in electrical power distribution.
  3. Identify safe isolation for work and maintenance of substation switchyard equipment, and explain how they can be isolated utilizing appropriate test equipment.
  4. Draw an electrical power flow diagram, including how electricity is distributed from source to load, including line protective devices.
  5. Define the concepts of lock-out, switching, and tagging, and the proper documentation needed when working on high voltage equipment.
  6. Identify schematic diagram symbols and proper sequence for normal and alternate configurations and troubleshoot various abnormal results.
Career Opportunities

Substation Operator and Electrical Maintenance Journeyman Apprenticeship Program provided by energy systems corporations and/or independent contractors.

Occupational Exposure/Risk

High Voltage Electrical and Physical Hazards (shock, falling/tripping). All personal protective equipment (safety glasses, gloves, steel toe boots, fire retardant clothing, insulating tools, etc.) must be properly utilized to prevent injury, exposure, and/or death.

Program Completion Limits

Two Years.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Eligibility

Students must apply for entry into the Power and Trades Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship: Assistant Substation Operator and Electrical Maintenance Journeyman certificate. Applications to the program are available in the School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development Office. Students undecided of which Pre-Apprenticeship program they may be interested in should select the Power and Trades Pathways Core Certificate and meet with a subject matter expert in the School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development.

Program Requirements

Required Support Courses
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 32 weeks.

This program will cost $5,408 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical debt upon graduation is not available.

The State of Michigan does not have licensure requirements for this profession.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/