Richmond Community College in North Carolina built a substation and relay lab on its campus, providing a real-world environment in which to train. The goal was to shave two to three years off of a traditional entry-level substation or relay maintenance technician’s education, making the student qualified to work right out of the gate.
The Electric Utility Substation and Relay Technology curriculum provides students the skills to maintain high-voltage equipment and protective systems for the electric utility transmission system. Training in operation and maintenance of critical infrastructure associated with the electric transmission grid is included.
Courses develop an understanding of maintenance and troubleshooting of transmission equipment. Courses include theory in three-phase power, protective relaying, power transformers, voltage regulators, capacitors and power circuit breakers. These skills apply to the electric utility industry and numerous other industries.
Graduates qualify for entry-level employment in the electric utility industry and industrial power facilities. Employment opportunities include: control systems, instrumentation and control in general industry, electric utility industry, green energy markets, or positions working with equipment related to power transmission.