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Watch a CPS Energy crew replace 9-ton transformer at local hospital
By Tracy Idell Hamilton on March 13, 2013
A crew of CPS Energy cable splicers oversees the installation of a new 18,000 pound submergible transformer into a vault at Baptist Medical Center downtown.
Cable splicers do more than the name implies; they install the massive transformers necessary to “step down” the voltage to a level usable by the customer. That includes submersible transformers used by Baptist as well as pad-mounted transformers used to energize a mall or an H-E-B.
It’s a highly-skilled job, and takes an average of 14 years to go from trainee to apprentice and finally journeyman cable splicer, says Juan Greene, construction manager, customer service.
Greene said a crew of three journeyman, two apprentices and three trainees were overseen by a heavy crew foreman for the job at Baptist.
CPS Energy videographer Gary Chavez captured the work by attaching a GoPro camera to the transformer.