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Electric Utility System Operator – Transmission and Distribution (NERC Certification Rate)

  • Full Time
  • Redding, Calif.
  • Salary: $55.73 - $67.74 per hour
  • Posting End Date: September 30, 2021

Website City of Redding

Wage or Salary:
$55.73 - $67.74 per hour

Learn more and apply by September 30, 2021

The City of Redding Electric Utility is seeking a highly qualified and self-motivated individual for a full time Electric Utility System Operator – Transmission and Distribution position within the Power Control Center Distribution group.

A generous benefit package includes health, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance along with a CALPERS retirement program and a retirement health insurance contribution along with a great work environment. Learn more at

Under general supervision, this position is responsible to direct the safe and reliable operation of the Redding Electric Utility’s Distribution and Transmission systems while operating under the policies and procedures set forth by the City of Redding Electric Utility. This position requires a NERC Certificate in Reliability Operator, Balancing, Interchange and Transmission Operator, or Transmission Operator.


Prepare, check, and administer the execution of safe and reliable switching procedures, both for City personnel and in coordination with other interconnected utilities; maintain and update the maps which indicate the current electric system status; monitor and maintain equipment loading levels to prevent damage during switching and various loading periods; prepare necessary reports to advise City personnel of system events; prepare the necessary reports as required to meet City and regulatory agency requirements; respond to customer problems in a courteous, efficient, and professional manner; contact other City Departments as required to advise them of outages pertaining to their equipment; perform Outage Notification in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures; inform relevant parties of system outage status in a timely fashion and provide periodic updates for the duration of the outage; during SOP-200 emergency situations, provide REU PIO with system outage status as requested; make rapid decisions on the best and safest method of handling emergency situations, outages, and curtailments; and take corrective action when required; provide operational information to engineers and support staff to develop and improve software and automation processes, provide information in the development of operational procedures for transmission and distribution system operation, assist with training new hires in the Assistant System Operator and System Operator positions; obtain and maintain applicable trainings and/or certifications as required; gain knowledge and training relevant to the duties of this position; ensure all applicable NERC and WECC reliability standards for the Transmission and Distribution System Operator desk are in full compliance, report non-compliance events under required timeframes as applicable by reliability standard definitions; maintain applicable reliability certifications as required; perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: Electric Utility operating practices; Electric Utility equipment limitations; system protection equipment as these apply to the Electric Utility; principles and practices of mathematics as it pertains to Electric Utility operations. NERC requirements associated with Transmission System Operator duties.

Ability to: Interact effectively with the public and employees; demonstrate strong internal and external communication skills; build and maintain relationships with the public and fellow utility personnel; make rapid decisions in emergency situations; read, interpret, and maintain maps that indicate current electric system status; operate a personal computer and SCADA system; operate two-way radio equipment; perform duties with safety, skill and efficiency; work independently and alone; multi-task; and apply the practices and procedures of neighboring utilities regarding emergency situations; respond to customer problems in a courteous, efficient, and professional manner; and work a shift schedule.

Education & Experience: Any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying; typical education would include the completion of industry acknowledged coursework in system operations (WECC System Operator classes or equivalent), or an applicable apprenticeship or two years college coursework from an accredited college or university. Typical experience would include three years relevant experience with an Electric Utility. Two additional years (two years) of extensive experience in an Electric Operations Center as a Transmission and Distribution System Operator or Dispatcher may be used to substitute for the two years of college coursework.

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California driver’s license, or the ability to acquire one within ten days of appointment. Possession of a current NERC Certificate in at least one of the following areas: Reliability Operator, Balancing, Interchange and Transmission Operator, or Transmission Operator.


Additional Information:

Employment Incentives: We provide Continuing Education Hours to maintain existing NERC Certification.

Application Process: Interested individuals must submit a City of Redding online employment application by the closing date in order to be considered.

Incomplete applications may not be processed. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee selection into the examination process. Applications will be reviewed to determine those best qualified to be tested.

Examination Process: An online written exam will be administered. An oral board will be conducted for those who successfully pass the written exam.

Veterans Credit: Veterans who have received an honorable discharge from the military service and receive a passing score on the examination will have 2 points added to their final examination score. To obtain this credit, veterans MUST provide a copy of the DD214, indicating honorable discharge, with each employment application before the closing date.


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