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2020 Substation I Program 


March - May, 2020         |       NEPPA Training Center (Littleton, MA)



NEPPA's Substation I Program is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of substation equipment and safety.



Who Should Attend


This program is designed for the following:

  • Lineworkers or operations employees
  • Substation Technicians
  • Employees or Supervisors transitioning from other departments
  • Engineers
  • Construction Supervisors
  • Project Managers



Course Dates


Substation I meets for 4 days/session for 4 weeks.  Dates are subject to change however advance notice will be provided, as needed.


Session 1:  March 17 - 20, 2020 *

Session 2:  April 7 - 10, 2020

Session 3:  April 28 - May 1, 2020

Session 4:  May 12 - 15, 2020


 * New date





NEPPA Training Center

200 New Estate Road

Littleton, MA 01460



Learning Objectives

  • Recognize safety hazards in a substation
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of how electricity is transmitted through substations
  • Practice safely entering, exiting and performing maintenance in a substation.
  • Apply concepts of the substation’s role in a distribution system.
  • Identify and classify equipment found in a substation, including applicable safety precautions including PPE
  • Demonstrate an understanding of SCADA, as well as basic switching and tagging.
  • Ability to deenergize and reenergize a power transformer
  • Recognize applicable standards, specifications and regulations such as OSHA and the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).



Course Prerequisites


No prerequisite required, but a basic knowledge of mathematics is beneficial.





Registration fees include coffee and lunch each day.  If you have any dietary restrictions or considerations, please make note on your registration. 


Members $2,525
Non-Members $3,750



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Cancellations are accepted until Tuesday, February 18, 2020.  Substitutions may be made at any time prior to the start of the first session.




Steve Socoby, Director of Technical Training 


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Steve has 36 years of hands-on experience in all facets of operations of public power utilities including: Line Superintendent; supervision of crews, maintenance, new construction, reliability and associated plant & substation responsibilities. He is a recognized expert in safety and OSHA compliance.


In his role of Director of Technical Training, he oversees NEPPA's lineworker program and teaches utility management and supervision, electronic controls and power-line operation programs.


Recognized as an industry leader and expert Steve has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Northeast Public Power Association and been recognized by the Maine State Legislature for his previous 30 Years of Distinguished Service. Steve attended the University of Maine at Orono.


Tim Richardson, P.E., Technical & Safety Trainer


TRichardsonTim Richardson joined NEPPA in September of 2019 and has been an asset to the training team.  Tim has a long history working in the electric utility industry, including as General Manager of Belmont Municipal Light Department from 1995 - 2007.


Most recently, Tim has worked as Principal of Fundy Power Services, LLC and at Consulting Engineers Group prior to that.  


Tim brings a wealth of both technical and safety expertise to the organization and applies his expertise of both in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-learn approach.






Lodging is not included in your registration fees and must be arranged directly with the hotel. If you need overnight accommodations, please contact any of the following hotels directly and be sure to mention you’re with NEPPA (or the appropriate code/account number) to receive the negotiated rate:


Courtyard by Marriott Littleton - King: $155/night + tax; Queen/Queen: $165/night + tax

102 Constitution Avenue

Littleton, MA 01460

(978) 540-5040 - If calling to make your reservation, be sure to mention either NEPPA or Northeast Power

Click here to make your reservation online using the Corporate Rate: BZL


The Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center - $120/night + tax

219 Littleton Road

Westford, MA 01886

(978) 692-8200

Click here to make your reservation online using the Rate Access Code: NEPPA.


SpringHill Suites Devens Common Center - $129/night + tax

27 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-3030

Click here to make your reservation online using the Group Code: BZL.


Hilton Garden Inn Devens - $129/night + tax

59 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-0600

Click here to make your reservation online using the Group Code: BZL.




Please contact Colleen Del Signore, Education & Training Coordinator at or call (978) 540-2209.