A Career as a Power Technician & Line Mechanic (JTJS72012)

A Career as a Power Technician & Line Mechanic (JTJS72012)


today seventeen-year-old via toga musu who comes from white a cadet college in Auckland will be learning how to be a line technician learning what’s required when a power pole needs replacing she will also be learning about the job of a substation trainee maintaining transfers PACU during a substation in South Auckland training manager Keith Warren will be guiding via through her first day people from electrics welcome substations are necessary in the electricity supply system to lower voltage for onward distributions into a town this station drops the power from 110,000 to 33,000 volts a job today by is to carry out of service on the switch we work in a hazardous environment not a dangerous environment because we manage your hazards substation trainees carry out inspections and servicing of transformers and a wide variety of high-voltage circuit breakers they might joint high voltage over here conductors carry out insulation and voltage breakdown tests boy helped install substation earthing and safety bonding systems at least two people who work on any job today’s operator is Tracy Ferrell who is responsible for all preparation and safety procedures to carry out any part of a switch and maintenance procedure the operator will go through and isolate and earth which means putting his safety precautions in place for us to be able to go near the thing then the operator will issue the person with a permit and it’s safe to work on what we need to do by these switches are very heavy because of the 2004 hundreds and you need to be able to stand with your feet apart take it handle in both hands and use your whole body weight to open up with feet apart hold on the area is declared safe it’s time to get up to the job use your right clean and clean all the four faces with your egg so walking your own plate clean it what can go wrong when they’re not cleaned is it what actually happens is a switch won’t operate correctly woody it’s that easy do it’s none for us those corona to the switch this here is a broken braid and needs to be replaced the fault is logged that’s something for another day maintenance work like this is very much part of the job of a substation trainee they will come out and start inspecting the equipment for switch out inspections transformer inspections compression inspections fence inspections disconnect or inspections and if it’s not functioning correctly then we make it function correctly regular attention minimizes equipment failure and today there’s scheduled maintenance on the one hundred and ten thousand volt line into the substations now if you pop that onto that top of that man sit down and pump the handle this lad switch has three linkages that need greasing no read stuff with grease it’s a lubricant what happens there this insulator tunes youth make us breach the shaft that goes through connecting this together agrees there grease there and that my fun job on the transmission lines connected to the substation apprentice line mechanic Holly Murphy is working on a job that’s a good job that’s a good job you meet a lot of new people and stuff like that and I really like it I like the people that I work with as well so would you like more women in this industry yeah I would love to see more women in the industry there’s only three women and electrics at do like transmission loans which is high voltage and the amount of times you get mistaken for a boy is kind of ridiculous teamwork is extremely important and one of the things we find for women who come into the Technical Trades roles in our sector is that they enhance a team somebody because women socialize men very differently we found that if we have all males and a team testosterone levels are higher attention to detail may be okay but many women that come into the industry of very safety conscious and they enhance the safety of the team’s well there’s a key team waiting for by in South Auckland getting ready to replace a power pole all across the way here number seven to replace we were to identified there’s no safe to climb so obviously we’ll be using the backup for it together with Phil Neal of north powers vias now looking at the job of a lion mechanic this is a pole that we’re going to be replacing and it’s currently feeding the three houses in behind it here we’ve got the crane track can we have to hold the pole while back a truck will then come up there and take the conductor’s off the insulators so we can pull the pole out and put a new one just be careful when you get too much off because it’s going to slip through like this okay okay that’s ready to come down the trouble of line is to keep the power on for the people all the low-voltage of stuff we’re looking after that so the service lines into the homes we are the power poles outside the properties the street lighting hot water systems we do a little bit of everything really we may be on a pole one minute and we could be down digging in a hole in next minute but it’s all about keeping their power on as the lines are pulled down each is clearly identified and tested so what’s the worst that 240 volts could do to you it can kill you we were fire retardant overalls we were wearing our hard hats safety glasses at all times and we’re starting now to be issued with wearing insulating rubber gloves from ground to ground the new pole was up fires helped to get in and it’s time to reattach the original cables you need you want to work outside and it’s not just on a beautiful day like this you can be working outside in all conditions you can do the other one as well you need to be able to think for yourself but you’ve been saying that you also need to be able to ask if you don’t understand we’re good over here immaturity is a big one as well the maturity doesn’t come of age there’s a lot of young mature people out there as well that can identify but we need to have a good time and we need to get stuck into what they need to do once the area is cleared the power can be turned off last job is to run a test at the middle of each property with a mobile Paris up to the bottom of the main switch so if we catch one for face this indicator is more than 200 volts there we then carry on through and we find out where the neutral comes down from and we check that as you see there’s no voltage on that on the meter so the powers down through the face like we want it to split up together and pin the main switch on and the customers can use as much spare as they like she wasn’t afraid to get in there and get down and get dirty couldn’t really ask for anything more than that she did very well today well the beginning I thought it was just just simple work but seems to be more than what it looks like anyone can do it really it’s not a man’s job girls conductor to become a line mechanic you will need to do on the job training maths English and science are all useful subjects to become a substation trainee you will need to be a qualified electrician first electricity is the largest sector of the energy industry there is a shortage of skilled workers so it’s an excellent career option woman is seriously under in the industry ultimate is an initiative to encourage more women to apply for apprenticeship training supporting local content so you can see more of New Zealand on air


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