System Operator

System Operator

  • Full Time
  • Hermiston, OR
  • Salary: DOE
  • Posting End Date: March 10, 2021

Website Umatilla Electric Cooperative

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Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) is a progressive Electric Utility Cooperative located in North Eastern Oregon along the beautiful Columbia River, offering a wide variety of activities year-round. UEC is experiencing rapid growth in the commercial and industrial area and has a challenging position for the right candidate.  UEC is seeking a full-time System Operator to be located at the utility office in Hermiston Oregon. UEC offers a competitive wage and benefits package and a 4 day, 10 hour a day work week.


This position is responsible to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the system (transmission, and distribution,) under normal, emergency and outage conditions, complying with the UEC, RUS and NERC/WECC reliability standards. Actively promotes a culture of safety and assures safety standards are adhered to. Adheres to and supports company policies and develops specific operating procedures related to system operations. Individual will work closely with the Operations and Construction Superintendent roles to assure clear communications and effective team work.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES may include other duties as assigned.

  • Determines operating status from personnel, station and equipment logs, dispatch board or automated system monitoring device.
  • Operates or directs the operation of station equipment through manual or automated systems.
  • Develops, issues, and verifies step-by-step instructions for switching orders with consideration of impact on system status.
  • Issues, transfers or releases work clearances. Maintains up-to-date system configuration display for real-time system status.
  • Isolates the cause and nature of abnormal station, equipment or system conditions and takes action to operate or direct operation of equipment to restore lines and equipment to normal operating conditions.
  • Coordinates restoration and directs personnel in a safe, efficient, and reliable manner in response to electric system outages and emergencies.
  • Responsible for managing the processes and relationship with the outage call center vendor (CRC)
  • Serves in the “Tech on Call” rotation to support after hour needs.

JOB DUTIES may include other duties as assigned.

  • Maintains the UEC electric system using the Outage Management System (OMS) and various related applications.
  • Works with Engineering to monitor interconnected system conditions, UEC and interconnected system line flows, voltages, Remedial Action Schemes, and equipment limits during normal and emergency conditions and communicates status to assure prompt response to any potential issues.
  • Facilitates and tracks system equipment outages adhering to established UEC and BPA criteria.
  • Reviews, comprehends, and applies operational policy and procedural changes in a time constrained atmosphere.
  • Performs internal and external notifications of system events in accordance with established requirements.
  • Maintains a safety conscious work environment by following Umatilla Electric Cooperative’s safety protocols and safe work practices.
  • Ability to function well under stress, particularly during emergency situations and take prompt, appropriate actions during those situations. Must also be able to communicate to the necessary authorities or personnel in a clear, reliable and efficient manner during such emergencies in order to diffuse the situation as necessary.



BA/BS in Management/Engineering preferred. Eight (8) of experience may be substituted for education.


Minimum eight (8) years experience as an electric utility administrator, journey level craft worker or engineer. Experience with computers, spreadsheets, calculators, word processing software, distribution analysis software, and automated office equipment.  Completion of an approved apprentice program for electrical utility journeyman and transmission lineman experience is a plus.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, members, customers and the general public.

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ration, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Specialized computer skills. Must be adept at using various applications including MS Office Products and operations within Windows operating system, as well as communication by e-mail and use of scheduling software.  Must understand how to use software programs related to outage management, power quality, AMI metering, CIS software, OMS, and other various software programs for SCADA Controls.
  • Must have a valid Drivers’ License for occasional business travel.

EOE M/F/Disability/Veteran

Position to close as early as March 2, 2021

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