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. This is a twelve hour rotating shift for 24×7 operations. The System Operator in training may work a rotating shift or be assigned straight days. The employee learns to perform a wide range of power dispatching duties and switching as necessary for the safe, efficient, reliable and secure operation of the District’s Balancing Authority Area, Transmission Operator Area, river system and distribution system. Dispatching duties include monitoring system conditions, regulation of system parameters, issuing clearances, outage coordination, system logging and operation of the District’s Energy Management System (EMS)/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/Automatic Generation Control (SCADA)/ (AGC) systems.
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.
12. 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).
13. EF Ongoing Drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.
(OPEN UNTIL FILLED) (11148) (Wenatchee)