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Develop specifications and instructions for installation of voltage transformers, overhead or underground cables, and related electrical equipment used to conduct electrical energy from transmission lines or high-voltage distribution lines to consumers.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Compasses
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  • Curves
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Project management software
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  • Spreadsheet software
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  • Office suite software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Use computer-aided drafting equipment or conventional drafting stations, technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and traditional drafting tools, such as boards, pencils, protractors, and T-squares.
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  • Confer with engineering staff and other personnel to resolve problems.
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  • Draft working drawings, wiring diagrams, wiring connection specifications or cross-sections of underground cables, as required for instructions to installation crew.
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  • Draw master sketches to scale showing relation of proposed installations to existing facilities and exact specifications and dimensions.
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  • Measure factors that affect installation and arrangement of equipment, such as distances to be spanned by wire and cable.
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  • Assemble documentation packages and produce drawing sets which are checked by an engineer or an architect.
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  • Review completed construction drawings and cost estimates for accuracy and conformity to standards and regulations.
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  • Prepare and interpret specifications, calculating weights, volumes, and stress factors.
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  • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.
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  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • 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.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $68,485.00 $32.93  $22.50  $25.32 - $39.24 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $69,153.00 $33.24  $24.53  $27.51 - $39.02 
    Danbury $64,191.00 $30.87  $24.62  $25.64 - $35.99 
    Hartford $68,019.00 $32.70  $22.13  $24.41 - $38.51 
    New Haven $64,292.00 $30.91  $22.18  $24.42 - $37.12 
    New London/Norwich $65,609.00 $31.54  $19.74  $22.05 - $39.23 
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