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Under close supervision, analyzes, directs, monitors, controls and/or operates the Districts Gas Pipeline and Electric Generation and Transmission Systems in a safe, reliable and economic manner during routine and emergency situations. This is the entry level in the Power System Operator series. The Power System Operator (Entry), I/II are a flex class series. Incumbents may progress from Power System Operator (Entry) to Power System Operator II based on successful completion of training/experience requirements and performance of job duties. Incumbents work under close supervision while in a learning and assistant role.
*Major Duties & Responsibilities
Work includes but is not limited to the following: (Note: While in general all functions and duties are essential, individual positions within this class may not require all.) This list is not intended to be complete or exhaustive. Learns and develops skills to become proficient and obtains the ability to analyze, direct, monitor, control and operate the Transmission Systems and Electric Generation and the Districts Gas Pipeline routinely and during emergencies.
- Analyzes Power flow and electrical scada data.
- Interprets mechanical/electrical schematic diagrams; read and interpret technical procedures and instruction manuals.
- Identifies scheduling problems and implements corrective action.
- Develops real time schedules and forecasts.
- Economically schedules gas and energy resources.
- Coordinates and evaluates gas and energy exchange transactions to determine most economical arrangements.
- Operates a gas transmission system and electric power system and direct the work of gas line and electrical plant field personnel.
- Interprets protective relay operations.
- Operates applicable Energy Management System, PC spreadsheet, word processing, and database applications.
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
KNOWLEDGE OF: For Gas Transmission Systems pertaining to clearances, operations, construction, maintenance, safety requirements pertinent to gas transmission system principals of gas system operation: This includes fluid flow concepts; gas system forecasting; gas scheduling and accounting techniques; electrical and mechanical theory; instrumentation and metering; mechanical and electrical drawing symbols; operation and use of computer hardware and software; typical (SCADA) computer controlled systems; basic math, including fractions, percentage and decimals as applied to gas supply and rate calculations; load trends, inventory and minimum/maximum pipeline pressure limitations; equipment utility procedures related to emergency plans; and, generally accepted methods and procedures of performing gas supply interchange transactions and evaluation with other entities. For Electrical Transmission, Generation and Substation Systems pertaining to clearances, operations, construction, maintenance, safety requirements pertinent to electric power systems: This includes electrical and mechanical principles; instrumentation and metering; generator and turbine characteristics; electrical drawing symbols; basic math including fractions, percentage and decimals as applied to transmission, generation, purchase and sale transaction calculations; equipment utility procedures related to emergency power curtailment, plant startup, accident reporting, security, contingency and emergency plans; generally accepted methods and procedures of performing energy transactions and evaluation with other entities; methods required to control voltage and VAR flows in the electric power system; and, water management. SKILL TO: For Gas Transmission Systems: Analyze gas flow data; interpret mechanical and electrical schematic diagrams; read and interpret technical procedures and instruction manuals; identify scheduling problems and implement corrective action; develop real time schedules and forecasts; economically schedule gas resources; make correct decisions in emergency situations; work harmoniously and tactfully with others; set priorities; record information accurately; compute data regarding gas usage; make effective oral reports; coordinate and evaluate gas exchange transactions to determine most economical arrangements; operate a gas transmission system and direct the work of gas line field personnel; operate PC spreadsheet and word processing software and data base applications For Electric Power Systems: Analyze electrical data; interpret electrical schematic diagrams; read and interpret procedures and instruction manuals; identify scheduling problems and implement corrective action; negotiate the purchase and sale of power from other entities; develop real time schedules and forecasts; economically schedule energy resources; make correct decisions in emergency situations; work harmoniously and tactfully with others; set priorities; record and log information accurately; compute data regarding energy usage; write effective and accurate memos and reports; make effective oral reports; coordinate and evaluate energy exchange transactions to determine most economical arrangements; operate the electrical power system and direct the work of electrical plant staff and field personnel; interpret protective relay operations; operate PC spreadsheet and word processing software; data base applications. EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: Typically one+ years experience working in the gas control and/or electrical industry pertaining to monitoring, controlling of gas pipeline systems or related equipment, and/or electrical field experience pertaining to line work, substations, and plant operations as an operator, technician or engineer. High school diploma or equivalent. An AA degree in Power System Operations from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of experience.