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Operator (Req.#12-132)
Positions available: 1
Date posted: 3/13/2013
Status: Full Time

Operators work as a team to ensure that system operations functions in a reliable manner. Operators are tasked with acquiring the experience necessary to make timely decisions that concern real time operation of a dynamic state bulk electric system as well as facilitate customer interactions with various transmission service offerings and real-time ancillary service markets under the SPP transmission tariff. In the event of a system emergency, the incumbent must solve complex problems by analyzing the useful and separating the irrelevant or misleading information.  Unusual actions are to be reviewed with their Shift Supervisor.  Operators are required to work a rotating shift and this adds to the inherent stress/fatigue associated with operating a dynamic power system. 



Responsibilities:
  • Lead Operators should be qualified to work the Tariff/Interchange, RTBM/Generation Dispatch, RUC, Reliability Coordination, and Balancing Operator desks or have the ability to be qualified within 6 months. 
  • Senior Operator should be qualified to work the Tariff/Interchange RUC, Reliability Coordination, and Balancing Operator desks or have the ability to be qualified within 6 months. 
  • Operator III should be qualified to work the Tariff/Interchange, RTBM/Generation Dispatch, and RUC desk OR be qualified to work two of the following three desks (RUC, Reliability Coordination, and Balancing) or have the ability to be qualified within 6 months. 

Reliability Coordination Desk

  • Monitor bulk transmission equipment maintenance/outage schedules
  • Monitor the NERC Hotline and disseminate information
  • Initiating time error corrections and GMD notifications
  • Monitor and coordinate implementation of Transmission Line Loading Relief Criteria.
  • Determine and initiate the proper emergency action as well as notify and communicate with other entities and SPP Staff in accordance with regional and NERC procedures
  • Issue short supply advisories
  • Issue weather advisories

Balancing Desk

  • Monitors and maintains SPP ACE
  • Monitor tie-line and generation SCADA points, making adjustments as required
  • Verification of hourly meter accumulated tie-line values
  • Monitor real time deployment of regulation
  • Change scheduled frequency for time error corrections
  • Administer inadvertent payback schedules


Requirements:

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • High School Diploma and;
  • Lead Operator - Fifteen (15) years experience in transmission/generation dispatch, transmission system operations or another area of pertinent bulk electric system experience
  • Sr. Operator - Eight (8) years experience in transmission/generation dispatch, transmission system operations or another area of pertinent bulk electric system experience
  • Operator III - Six (6) years experience in transmission/generation dispatch, transmission system operations or another area of pertinent bulk electric system experience

Required:

  • Ability to work a rotating shift schedule
  • NERC Reliability Coordinator Certification, or the ability to secure such certification within twelve months of employment
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to make decisions with little or no direct supervision.
  • Ability to be a mentor to the younger operators.
  • Ability to assist shift supervisor in handling every day as well as emergency issues.
  • Motivation to take appropriate action when required
  • Ability to work with a broad spectrum of individuals with diverse interests when resolving problems
  • Understanding of and compliance with SPP Policies and Procedures
  • Understanding of, compliance with NERC Policies

Preferred:


  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field, such as electrical engineering
  • Knowledge of SPP Criteria, SPP OATT, and Market Protocols, NERC Operating Policies, scheduling practices and pro forma tariff procedures widely practiced in the industry

Travel Requirement:

  • This position requires minimal travel (approximately 5%).

FLSA Status: Exempt



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