Zone and terminal substation transmission switching

Knowledge and skills associated with Western Power Switching Operator authority levels Zone Substation (ZS), Terminal Substation (TS) and Transmission Lines (TL) as stipulated in the Electrical System Safety Rules (ESSR), Appendix 4 – Transmission Switching Levels.

Course duration

15 days

Suitable for

People who are required to work as an authorised Western Power ZS, TS Switching Operator and/or TL Transmission Lines.

Course includes

Learning outcomes – zone substation (ZS)
  • demonstrate knowledge of the electrical configuration of the Western Power zone substations
  • describe the function of HV distribution feeder switchgear and LV equipment in a zone substation
  • describe the function of transmission system switchgear in a zone substation
  • identify and describe the components of protection schemes in a zone substation
  • demonstrate the safe switching of all switchgear in a zone substation
  • demonstrate safe application and removal of programme earths in a zone substation
  • demonstrate the use of Western Power policy and procedural tools and documentation for zone substation switching operations
  • identify and control switching hazards within the Golden Safety Rules and WRAP process
  • plan, prepare and perform zone substation switching operations within the Western Power ZS switching authority
  • use on-site information to identify and locate faults.

Learning outcomes – terminal substation (TS)

  • demonstrate knowledge of the electrical configuration of the Western Power terminal substations
  • describe the function of transmission system switchgear in a terminal substation
  • identify and describe the components of protection schemes in a terminal substation
  • demonstrate the safe switching of all switchgear in a terminal substation
  • demonstrate safe application and removal of program earths in a terminal substation
  • demonstrate the use of Western Power policy and procedural tools and documentation for terminal substation switching operations
  • plan, prepare and perform terminal substation switching operations within the Western Power TS switching authority
  • use onsite information to identify and locate faults.

Learning outcomes – transmission lines (TL)

  • demonstrate knowledge of the electrical configuration of Western Power zone and terminal substations
  • describe the function of transmission lines switchgear in terminal and zone substations
  • identify and describe the components of transmission lines protection schemes
  • demonstrate the safe switching of switchgear in substations
  • demonstrate the safe application and removal of programme earths
  • demonstrate the use of Western Power policy and procedural tools and documentation for transmission lines switching operations
  • plan, prepare and perform transmission lines switching operations within the Western Power TL switching authority
  • use onsite information to identify and locate faults.

On-site visits

  • Network Operations Control
  • Zone substation familiarisation and practical tasks
  • Terminal substation familiarisation and practical tasks

Prerequisites

  • Network Authority Card (NAC)
  • NA2 substation entry authorisation
  • NA3D-RIC Distribution and/or NA3T RIC Transmission authorisation
  • eNAR authorisation, plus one of the below:
    • Western Australian Electrician Licence – Certificate of Registration (issued by EnergySafety WA), or
    • held HOU authorisation for a period of no less than 6 months, or
    • held Transmission Lines (TL) authorisation for a period of no less than 6 months.

What to wear

PPE Level 1, 2, 3 and 4
See the Western Power PPE Procedure for more information about the requirements

Assessments

  1. Off the job - Written and practical assessment
  2. On the job – Workbook must be completed and submitted to PTS within 6 months after the completion of the off-the-job training.

You will not be considered to have completed the course until all on-the-job tasks have been successfully completed.

Associated Authorisations

LZS Zone Substation
LTS Terminal Substation
LTL Transmission Lines

For information on how to apply for an Authorisation, contact the Authorisations Team

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.