Substation II Program


Building on the success of Substation I, NEPPA is pleased to offer the Substation II Program which is held in 4-day sessions 4 times a year. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. Substation II expands on Substation I and moves into protection and controls, understanding operations, schematics, and diagrams, testing and test results interpretation of substation equipment.  Upon successful completion of the Program, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion.


In addition to in-class lecture, the Substation II Program incorporates hands-on application of concepts and testing, building, and manipulating a relay panel, and weekly testing including a final exam to demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the course content. Each Friday of each session will be a half-day conducted virtually for review and testing.


Classes are held Tuesday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm and Fridays 8:00 am – 11:00 am.

Each Friday of the session will consist of a virtual review of the week’s material and online testing. Students should plan to attend classes in-person at the Training Center Tuesday – Thursday,  and join the session(s) remotely on Friday.

Dates are subject to change however advance notice will be provided, as needed.

Session I: Tuesday, September 10 – Friday, September 13, 2024
Session II: Tuesday, October 1 – Friday, October 4, 2024
Session III: Tuesday, October 22 – Friday, October 25, 2024
Session IV: Tuesday, November 19 – Friday, November 22, 2024 


All in-person classes will be held at NEPPA’s Training Center. Additional field visits may be arranged and will be communicated in advance of the session. On Friday of each week there will be a half-day conducted virtually for review and testing. 

NEPPA Training Center
200 New Estate Road
Littleton, MA 01460


This course is designed for

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


Upon successful completion of the Program, Substation II participants should be able to:

  1. Apply concepts to design, build, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a substation.
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding and knowledge of applicable standards, specifications and regulations such as OSHA, the NESC, and NERC/CIP.
  3. Practice safely entering, exiting and performing maintenance in a substation.
  4. Apply advanced concepts of the substation’s role in a distribution system including testing and programming.
  5. Demonstrate ability to test and program equipment found in a substation, including applicable safety precautions and PPE
  6. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of SCADA, as well as switching and tagging.
  7. Demonstrate an applied understanding of how to operate and interpret relay functions.


In order to be successful in the Substation II Program, students must complete the Substation I Program and participate in the Basic Electricity and Mathematics for Utility Operations course (which is day one of the Substation I Program). 


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

Members: $2,795

Non-Members: $4,150

Cancellations are accepted until Tuesday, August 27, 2024.
  Substitutions may be made at any time prior to the start of the first session.


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

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

Tim 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, Belmont Municipal Light Department from 1995 – 2007.  There he served in many management capacity including General Manager.

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 

January 1 – April 30, 2024 – $142/night + tax

May 1 – October 31, 2024 – $168/night + tax

November 1 – December 31, 2024 – $142/night + tax

102 Constitution Avenue

Littleton, MA 01460

(978) 540-5040 

Reservation Link:


The Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center – $99/night + tax

242 Adams Place

Boxborough, MA 01719

(978) 263-8701


The Westford Regency Hotel & Conference Center – $119/night +tax

219 Littleton Road

Westford, MA 01886

(978) 692-8200


SpringHill Suites Devens Common Center – 10% Discount on Prevailing rate at time of booking.

27 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-3030


Hilton Garden Inn Devens – 10% Discount on Prevailing rate at time of booking.

59 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-0600


Please contact or call the office at (978) 540-2200.

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