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Relay Protection Technician

Relay protection technicians install, test, and maintain protective relays and related equipment.

Relay protection technicians operate, install, test, and maintain protective relays, controls, and other equipment in power stations, distribution stations, and generation plants. They assist engineers with equipment application, circuit design, and project work and they provide technical, electrical, and mechanical assistance to substation and power plant technicians.

Median Hourly Salary: $34.90
Education & Training: College certificate is needed for entry.
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Work Environment: This job often involves:
  • Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions
  • Working outdoors exposed to weather
  • Having face-to-face discussions
  • The importance of being accurate or exact
Most Important Skills:
  • Maintaining Equipment—Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.
  • Repairing—Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.
  • Troubleshooting—Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.
  • Reading—Reading work-related information.
  • Controlling Quality—Testing how well a product or service works.
Most Important Knowledge Areas:
  • Mechanical—Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security—Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Design—Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Computers and Electronics—Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics—Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Licensing: No State of Minnesota license requirements are found for this career.
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