Perform Field Switching for the Switching Operator (Single Wire Earth Return Network)


This course has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to perform the role and responsibilities of a switching operator on the high voltage single wire earth return (SWER) network.

Training refresher: 36 months

Training Mode Face to face
Duration 32 hours
COST (ex. GST) $1620 per person

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7 Locations

Oxley Oxley 19 Bannerman Street, Oxley QLD 4075
Toowoomba Building 3, Cnr South and Hampton Streets, Toowoomba QLD 4350
Maryborough 52-62 Searle Street, Maryborough QLD 4650
Rockhampton Building 8, 63 Glenmore Road, North Rockhampton QLD 4700
Mackay 23 Cemetery Road, West Mackay QLD 4740
Townsville 4-28 Hartley Street, Garbutt QLD 4814
Cairns 107-125 McLeod Street, Cairns QLD 4870

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Skills Acquired

On successful completion of this module including all prerequisites and assessments you should have these skills:

  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of persons performing switching and access work on or near the distribution network
  • Outline the types of documents incorporated into Energy Queensland’s safe system of work on or near high voltage networks
  • Identify required the equipment and Personal Protective Equipment required for the safe operation of a high voltage network
  • Explain the purpose and operation of SWER high voltage electrical apparatus
  • Explain distribution high voltage SWER network testing and earthing requirements
  • Write, check, and issue and cancel Access Permits and Test Permits
  • Outline safety constraints when performing distribution switching
  • Outline distribution feeder protection operation
  • Explain distribution commissioning requirements
  • Read and interpret distribution operational diagrams and symbols
  • Write and check SWER On Demand Transformer Isolation Sheet under the direction of Switching Coordinator
  • Outline the process and constraints involving switching communication protocol, switching sheet amendments, master switching sheets
  • Demonstrate the operation of various overhead and underground electrical apparatus according to requirements set out in manufacturer’s instructions, work practices and equipment operating manuals
  • Demonstrate field switching in accordance with prepared switching sheets in planned and emergency situations