System Operator in Training

Company Name: Chelan County PUD
Phone Number: (509) 663-8121
City: Wenatchee
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98801
Job Title: System Operator in Training
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: System Operator
Posting Start Date: March 1, 2017
Salary: $38.95
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

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)

Experience Required:

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.

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.

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.

Specific KSA’s: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:
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.).

How to Apply:


If applying for this position, a RESUME and COVER LETTER will be required summarizing related experience, skills, education and/or training.

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.

Incomplete application materials will not be considered.

Interested parties are also invited to contact Hana Tate, HR Generalist, at to discuss the position.

Although the position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED, applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.


In addition to the Contract Rate of $38.95 per hour, Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee’s Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5% after probationary period), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year.

See full job description and apply online (job number 11148) under Careers at

Chelan PUD is an EEO Vet/Disabled Employer and values diversity at all levels of the organization.

Posting End Date: March 31, 2017