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Transmission System Operator or Senior Operator

Cedar Park, TX, US, 78613

Position open until filled.

Transmission System Operator

Minimum pay for this position is $45.96 per hour or commensurate with experience.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the transmission system.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the electric transmission system meets demand while maintaining system parameters such as frequency, line flows and transmission-level voltage within prescribed limits
  • Restore service (through SCADA and dispatch of field personnel) to transmission and substation facilities to reduce customer outage time and restore system integrity
  • Coordinate complex switching activities with other utilities to make certain safety and reliability are upheld
  • Ensure appropriate communications on all transmission events
  • Review all written logs pertaining to daily events to ensure proper logging and readability
  • Ensure proper documentation is completed to meet all regulatory requirements including but not limited to ERCOT and NERC
  • Monitor and report all communication problems on RTU's and the EMS to ensure vital communications are available for normal and emergency operations
  • Utilizes one-line diagrams as a tool in writing and checking switching orders
  • Maintains working knowledge of all System Operations procedures, manuals, handbooks, plans and technology systems
  • Maintains NERC Certification (at the Transmission Operator level) to assure understanding of NERC policies and to meet NERC requirements
  • Provide recommendations to System Operations management on operating procedures, EMS enhancements, and training topics to improve processes and procedures
  • Monitor weather conditions to ensure PEC system operations readiness during adverse weather conditions
  • Maintain working knowledge of Real-Time Contingency Analysis (RTCA) and State Estimator tools and applications
  • Determine necessity to shed firm load during ERCOT Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) event, or any events where shedding firm load is necessary to maintain the integrity of the transmission grid and/or for the safety of personnel and equipment
  • Analyze system voltage and performs daily/night and weekend load flow approvals for unplanned outages
  • Stay abreast of advances in technology
  • Demonstrate regular and prompt attendance
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Supervisory and/or Leadership Responsibilities:    None

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of EMS/ Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications or prior work experience in a mission critical or controls environment
  • Knowledge of using computer systems, which may include setting up and using hardware and software programs, entering data, configuration, or processing information
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service
  • Knowledge of technical presentations and reporting
  • Knowledge of construction materials and products
  • Experience working on EMS based infrastructure and comfortable building and executing training scenarios
  • Skilled in time management
  • Skilled in prioritizing and managing changing priorities
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to listen and understand information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, analyze and resolve conflict and problems
  • Ability to listen and understand information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, analyze and resolve conflict and problems

 

Minimum Qualifications – (Education, Experience, Certification, & Licensure):

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Four years of directly related work experience
  • NERC System Operator certification
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License
  • ERCOT System Operator Certification preferred

 

Physical Demands and Work Environment

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 qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

  • The employee may be required to stand; reach with hands and arms, stoop and kneel
  • The employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • The employee may be required to lift, carry, push, pull or move up to 25 pounds
  • The employee may be required to travel
  • Exempt employees receive a fixed bi-weekly salary to compensate them for all hours worked during each pay period
  • This position may be required to work more than 40 hours per week

 

 

Transmission System Operator, Senior

Minimum starting pay for this position is $55.15 per hour or commensurate with experience.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for maintaining the safety of personnel, ensuring the reliability of the electric grid, driving continuous improvement, and assisting with the creation of automated solutions to solve operational challenges for the transmission system.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the operations of the Transmission System Operators while monitoring the transmission system to ensure recommended operating limits are not exceeded
  • Write, validate and communicate switching orders for transmission and substation facilities consistent with the Transmission Services Safety and Health Handbook, PEC Transmission Switching Procedures Manual, and System Operations Procedures to ensure safety of field personnel while making transmission and substation facilities available for maintenance and construction activities
  • Operate the transmission system to ensure compliance with ERCOT Operating Guides and Protocols, NERC Standards and PEC Transmission Switching Procedures. Maintains close communication with ERCOT, keeping them informed of any changes in the PEC transmission system
  • Review all procedures to ensure compliance with PEC’s Transmission Services Health and Safety Handbook and the Transmission Switching Procedures
  • Direct and assist in System Emergencies (Black Start, System Outages, etc.) to reduce customer outage time and restore system integrity
  • Review planned daily switching to meet security guidelines and possible effects on Special Protection Schemes and assists with unplanned outages to ensure system reliability
  • Initiate notifications pertaining to the PEC transmission system equipment outages or pending situations that could result in customer outage, line overloading, equipment overloading or transfer limitations
  • Review all written logs pertaining to daily events to ensure proper logging and readability
  • Assist in planning and implementation of training programs
  • Maintain System Operations Daily Report, System Faults notifications, ERCOT Advisory, Watch, and Emergency notifications, and any other notifications concerning PEC’s transmission system or ERCOT related information
  • Support the goals and directives of the PEC Transmission Operations Engineering Manager and Transmission Engineering Manager
  • Attend annual ERCOT Black Start Regional training, annual ERCOT Training Seminar, and any other training and seminars as mandated by management, NERC, and ERCOT
  • Shed firm load during ERCOT Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) event, or any events where shedding firm load is necessary to maintain the integrity of the transmission grid and/or for the safety of personnel and equipment
  • Restore load following force majeure and mandated load shedding events
  • Approve all Transmission Orders prior to implementation by the Transmission System Operators
  • Perform transmission outage coordination duties during off-normal business hours and during the absence of the Transmission Outage Coordinator
  • Stay abreast of advances in technology
  • Demonstrate regular and prompt attendance
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Supervisory and/or Leadership Responsibilities:    Serve in a lead capacity in the absence of the Transmission Control Center Manager.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of EMS/ Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications or prior work experience in a mission critical or controls environment
  • Knowledge of using computer systems, which may include setting up and using hardware and software programs, entering data, configuration, or processing information
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service
  • Knowledge of technical presentations and reporting
  • Knowledge of construction materials and products
  • Experience working on EMS based infrastructure and comfortable building and executing training scenarios
  • Skilled in time management
  • Skilled in prioritizing and managing changing priorities
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to listen and understand information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, analyze and resolve conflict and problems
  • Ability to listen and understand information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, analyze and resolve conflict and problems

 

Minimum Qualifications – (Education, Experience, Certification, & Licensure):

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Seven years of directly related experience
  • NERC System Operator certification
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License
  • ERCOT System Operator Certification preferred

 

Physical Demands and Work Environment

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 qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

  • The employee may be required to stand; reach with hands and arms, stoop and kneel
  • The employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • The employee may be required to lift, carry, push, pull or move up to 25 pounds
  • The employee may be required to travel
  • Exempt employees receive a fixed bi-weekly salary to compensate them for all hours worked during each pay period
  • This position may be required to work more than 40 hours per week

 

 

 

Pedernales Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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