Substation II Program

Building on the success of Substation I, NEPPA is pleased to offer a completely redesigned Substation II Program which is held 3.5-days/week for 4 weeks/year.

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.

Beginning in 2021, each Friday of the 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: September 14 – 17, 2021
Session II: September 28 – October 1, 2021
Session III: October 19 – 22, 2021
Session IV: November 16 – 19, 2021


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.

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 are expected to participate in the new Basic Electricity and Mathematics for Utility Operations course, as well as successfully complete 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: $2,625

Non-Members: $3,900


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, 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) 440-5040 – If calling to make your reservation, be sure to mention either NEPPA or Northeast Public Power
Click here to make your reservation online using the Corporate Rate: BZL *** Due to COVID, please call the hotel directly.

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center – $99/night + tax
242 Adams Place
Boxboro, MA 01719
(978) 263-8701

The Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center – $109/night + tax (with breakfast)
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.

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

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