Job Title System Operators (Open Until Filled)

Company Name: Chelan County PUD
Phone Number: 509-663-8121
City: Wenatchee
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98801
Job Title: Job Title System Operators (Open Until Filled)
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: System Operator
Posting Start Date: May 16, 2018
Salary: $41.32 - $61.67
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

JOB POSTING
This job will be filled at varying levels (System Operator in Training, System Operator or Senior System Operator – based on experience, knowledge, skills and abilities of incumbent). Work responsibilities and differences between levels are defined below.

General Position Purpose:
This is a twelve-hour rotating shift environment for 24×7 operations. The System Operator in Training is a learning position whereas the System (and Senior System) Operators act as primary authority for real time operation of the electrical system including generation, transmission and distribution facilities.

The System (and Senior System) Operators perform power dispatching duties and switching as necessary for the safe, efficient, reliable and secure operation of the District’s Balancing Authority Area, river system and distribution system. Dispatching duties shall include monitoring of system conditions, regulation of system parameters, issuing of clearances, outage coordination, system logging and operation of the District’s SCADA/AGC systems. Monitors and responds to alarms for water and wastewater. This includes directing appropriate staff members to investigate situations. Provides on-the-job training and leadership for System Operators and System Operators in Training. Where switching and clearance procedures are concerned, this position is mandated by state safety law.

System Operator in Training:
Train to operate, monitor and control the Districts Bulk Electric System. Works under the direction of the System Operations & Coordination Manager, Senior System Operator or System Operator. Responsible for learning the real time operation of the District’s bulk power and Distribution systems.

System Operator:
Working under the direction of the Sr. System Operator, the System Operator shall work on shift and to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience needed to advance to Senior System Operator, and help direct the work of any System Operators in Training.

Senior System Operator:
The Senior System Operator shall work on shift and assume responsibility for the shift including directing work, providing on-the-job training and leadership for System Operator and/or System Operator in Training.

System Operator in Training – JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position. Secondary functions (SF) are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability. In the aggregate, secondary functions typically account for less than 15% of the job scope.

# EF/SF % of Time Job Functions

1. EF 15% Gains a working knowledge of how to operate the District’s Electrical Systems in accordance with District, Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards and Policies, and Northwest Power Pool (NWPP) Procedures.

2. EF 15% Gains a working knowledge of Mid-Columbia (Mid-C) Operations based on the Mid-Columbia Coordination Agreement relating to river control and real time operation of the District’s hydro facilities and contractual obligations.

3. EF 15% Attends and satisfactorily completes all classes, assigned tasks, tests and training as deemed necessary for their professional development as a System Operator.

4. EF 15% Learns how to monitor, control, direct and operate by way of maps, Real-time Contingency Analysis (RTCA), SCADA and Geographic Information System (GIS), the District’s electrical and other system facilities including the dispatching of emergency crew during non-business hours.

5. EF 10% Under direction of the System Operator, prepares and reviews electric distribution and transmission switching procedures and shutdowns in accordance with prescribed operating and safety procedures, including the issuance of hot-line-holds and clearances to work crews and switching to restore facilities to service.

6. EF 10% Learns how to monitor the system’s capability, integrity, load and how to revise hourly schedules with the real time scheduling provider to maximize efficiency of resources.

7. EF 5% Learns how to monitor, control and coordinate the real-time operation of the District’s Bulk Electric System, and all inter-ties to insure safe and reliable operating conditions. Monitors and Controls system loading, voltage, and VAR levels within specified limits.

8. EF 5% Assists System Operators in response to unplanned outages and helps to coordinate planned maintenance outages. Learns to monitor all forms of communication needed to maintain constant contact with electric and water personnel, local representatives, servicemen and all other field personnel. Maintains knowledge of the location and availability of field personnel as well as progress of field work being performed. Helps to keep area construction managers and other appropriate personnel informed. Assists in updating emergency operating information and procedures as needed.

9. EF 5% Provides after hour call handling for all of the District’s non-electrical business lines and security monitoring of all District facilities.

10. EF 5% Learns to communicate with and receive information from customers regarding service needs and any perceived emergency situations. Learns to evaluate this information and determine the appropriate services and next steps. Learns to respond to, and continue to monitor emergency situations with both safety and efficiency in mind while restoring service as quickly as possible.

11. EF Ongoing Complete the District’s System Operator Training Program. This includes working toward and becoming a NERC certified System Operator and becoming qualified as a System Operator.

System (and Senior System) Operators – JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Indicate whether the function is an essential function (EF) or a secondary function (SF) of the position. Essential functions are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position. Typically, essential functions account for the largest commitment of time. Secondary functions are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability. In the aggregate, secondary functions typically account for less than 15% of the job scope.

# EF/SF % of Time Job Functions

1. EF 20% Monitors, controls and coordinates the real-time operation of the District’s bulk power system, and other systems to ensure safe and reliable operating conditions. Monitors and controls system loading, voltage, and VAR levels within specified limits. Communicates with and receives information from customers regarding service needs and any perceived emergency situations. Evaluates this information and determines whether it is company, customer or another utility’s problem. Responds to, and continues to monitor emergency situations with both safety and efficiency in mind while restoring service as quickly as possible.

2. EF 20% Directs immediate response to unplanned outages and helps to coordinate planned maintenance outages. Monitors all forms of communication needed to maintain constant contact with electric and water personnel, local representatives, servicemen and all other field personnel. Maintains knowledge of the location and availability of field personnel as well as progress of field work. Informs managers and other appropriate personnel of current system conditions as appropriate. Updates emergency operating information and procedures as needed. Provides after hour call handling for all of the District’s business phone lines and security monitoring of all District facilities.

3. EF 20% Operates the District’s Electric Systems in accordance with WECC, NERC Standards and policies, and NWPP procedures. Monitors, controls, directs and operates, by way of maps, SCADA and GIS, the District’s distribution system facilities including the dispatching of emergency crews during non-business hours.

4. EF 10% Monitors the operation of the Mid Columbia Hourly Coordination Agreement in order to direct river control and real time operation of the District’s Hydro facilities, contractual obligations and interests.

5. EF 10% Monitors the system’s capability, integrity, and load continuously; takes action on e-tags and revises schedules with real time service provider (Powerex) as necessary to maximize efficiency of resources.

6. EF 10% Prepares, reviews and directs electric distribution and transmission switching procedures and shutdowns in accordance with prescribed operating and safety procedures. Issues hot-line-holds and clearances to work crews and directs switching to remove or restore facilities from or to service.

7. EF 10% Working with System Operations staff, including the System Operations Manager, System Operations Trainer, Compliance and Training Coordinator, and Senior System Operators, provides on-the-job training and leadership for System Operators in Training.

8. EF Ongoing Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Comply with District policies. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
Specific KSA’s: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:

System Operator in Training:
Requires ability to learn and comprehensively understand electrical theory and utility power systems and electric safety and operating practices. Ability to interpret instructions, procedures, and circuit diagrams is required. Must possess basic computer skills and have the ability to handle multiple tasks. Requires ability to remain focused and calm during emergency situations. Requires ability to work rotating shifts including weekends and holidays and emergency call-outs. Must possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Requires the ability to maintain professionalism in a working environment. Successfully acquire either a NERC Reliability Operator or NERC Balancing, Interchange and Transmission Operator credential within three years of entering the System Operator Training Program and prior to achieving System Operator status. Will be required to successfully complete an externally administered psychological test used for selecting System Operator in Training candidates. Requires ability to gain proficiency with all components and equipment utilized in operating and maintaining a reliable distribution, transmission and generation system, including Microsoft Office application products (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).

System (and Senior) Operator:
REQUIRED: NERC certification and extensive knowledge of interconnected system operations and river coordination characteristics. Ability to analyze and coordinate multiple system conditions and outages. Capable of working rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays. Requires extensive knowledge of switching procedures and safety practices. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with others, including the Peak RC and related Balancing Authority Areas, Mid-Columbia Central control, private and governmental agencies, District’s operations personnel and the general public. Requires proficiency with all components and equipment utilized in operating and maintaining a reliable distribution, transmission, and generation system.

DESIRED: System Operation, Generation, Substation or Transmission operations or engineering experience. Work experience may be considered in lieu of education.

Language Skills:
Candidate must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, a fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize Microsoft Internet software; Maximo; Order processing systems; PeopleSoft Timekeeping/HR; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; and Microsoft Word; and SCADA/EMS (required). Ability to utilize various communication systems including phones and radio systems. This position also requires the ability to troubleshoot basic PC hardware problems and ability to operate general office equipment including, but not limited to, computers, fax machines, and printers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and engage in repetitive motion using the hands or arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso and pull, push, or exert force. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and peripheral vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This position works in an interior office environment with no natural light.

Experience Required:

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Education:
System Operator in Training:
Associate’s degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

System Operator:
Same as System Operator in Training plus must have successfully completed all necessary classes, training and tests, including the System Operator Training Program and any industry or regulatory certifications.

Senior System Operator:
Same as System Operator plus required to successfully complete District administered Senior System Operator test within required timeframe.

Experience:
System Operator in Training:
Typically requires three (3) year’s employment as a District employee or the equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge skills and abilities. This is typically represented by experience in or support of transmission, distribution and generation or a related field.

System Operator:
In addition to the System Operator in Training experience, this position requires a well-rounded electrical background with expertise in switching and operation of the generation, transmission and distribution system.

How to Apply:

See complete job details and apply online at www.chelanpud.org. EO M/F/Disability/Vet Employer

APPLICATION MATERIALS
If applying for this position, a RESUME and COVER LETTER are required. To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one WORD or PDF document (we do not accept .wps documents) and upload when requested through the online application process.

Although the position is Open until Filled, applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review date is scheduled for June 13, 2018.

In your cover letter, address each of the specific topics below (A – M).

1. In your Resume, describe your related experience, skills, applicable education and/or training relevant to this position.

2. In your Cover Letter, detail your experience and/or background for each of the following topics. If there are areas for which you do not have familiarity, indicate “none” next to that topic.

A. Interest in working in System Operations
B. Monitoring system conditions
C. Regulating system parameters
D. Clearances
E. Outage coordination
F. Operation of SCADA/AGC systems
G. WECC, NERC, NWPP regulations
H. Dispatching
I. Switching
J. Electrical theory
K. Rotating shifts
L. Computers and software applications
M. Identify specific experience in transmission, distribution, generation or a related field.

Posting End Date: June 15, 2018