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Transmission & Distrirbuition Systems Operator I (17321) (Full Time)

PRIMARY FUNCTION: Successfully complete all phases of Black Hills Corporation’s System Operator Training Program and pass the NERC System Operator Certification Exam. Learn to monitor and safely direct the operation of Black Hills Corporation’s (BHC) transmission and distribution electrical facilities and interconnected systems professionally, efficiently, and in accordance with applicable procedures and reliability criteria. REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Manager, Reliability Center ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Under the direction supervision of a Systems Operator II or Senior Systems Operator, observe, learn, participate in and ultimately demonstrate proficiency in the following duties: •Learn to implement real-time actions to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the bulk electric transmission system and the distribution system. •In coordination with the Outage Coordinator, prepare for preplanned switching and/or restoration. •Perform planned switching simulations to support writing and pre-execution review of switching steps. •Ensure BHC electric system reliability, security, and safety by writing and implementing accurate switching and clearance orders. •Provide and coordinate supervision of switching. •Prepare, check, and direct scheduled and emergency switching and subsequent load restoration activities. •Monitor power system equipment, ensuring proper operation within capability of equipment. Initiate corrective action as necessary to achieve or maintain these limitations. Take immediate remedial action to safeguard public safety and prevent overload or damage to power system equipment. •Maintain strict compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) standards and operating policies for system reliability and performance criteria. •Monitor and maintain voice and data communication systems. •Learn and demonstrate proficiency in utilizing key information technology systems such as SCADA, OMS and other tools to monitor, perform analysis and control the electric power system. •Use SCADA computer control system for gathering system data and operating stations by remote control. •Maintain proper loading and voltage levels on the transmission system. Initiate actions to achieve optimum system voltage and loading levels. •Ensure that operational and electronic mapping tools are accurate and reflect current and correct real-time state of the transmission and distribution systems. •Maintain a complete and accurate record of all communications and operator actions during the shift. Document system failures, misoperations, disturbances and unusual conditions in the daily log. •Conduct communications with local, neighboring and regional operations personnel. •Report unusual operational and equipment troubles. Request emergency line patrols and inspection of faulty power equipment as required. •Ensure that appropriate company personnel are notified of any actions taken, or problems that have occurred, in their areas. •Promote safety through training, inspections, meetings, and safety contact reports. Exhibit an awareness and concern for safety. Understand, observe and demonstrate proficiency in the application and implementation of safety rules, practices and safe work behaviors. Promptly correct any conditions and/or unsafe behaviors that may lead to accidents. ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: •Provide support to the Generation Dispatch and Power Marketing personnel with respect to SCADA and interconnection metering. •Initiate preliminary investigation of system disturbances and complete disturbance reports. •Support Generation Dispatch and Power Marketing as a backup resource for BHC Rocky Mountain Reserve Group reserve activation actions. WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: •Maintain effective communication and working relationships with and have authority to direct relay technicians, substation crew members, linemen, servicemen, construction crew members, communications technicians, plant operators, and all other persons involved with work on the BHC operated transmission system. •Maintain positive working relationships with peer utilities.

Position Details

Requirements: SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: •Ability to work 12-hour rotating shifts. •Ability to participate in an after-hours on call rotation. •Ability to physically respond to the Reliability Center within 20 minutes of contact when needed for emergency assistance. •Ability to use fluent English language and writing on-the-job.
Compensation: $56.350 - $84,550 DOE (SALARY)
Related Programs: Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Power Line Construction & Maintenance, Utilities Technology-Power Line, Wind Turbine Technology
Additional Information: EXPERIENCE: •One year of experience in electric utility operations preferred. •Experience with SCADA and EMS systems a plus. EDUCATION: •High school diploma or equivalent required. •Degree or coursework in engineering, power line construction or related field preferred. KNOWLEDGE: •Knowledge of electric generation, electric transmission and/or electric distribution. •General knowledge of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, basic principles of physics, including electrical and mechanical theory, AC and DC theory, and the fundamentals of power flow. •Knowledge and understanding of high voltage electrical utility operations and equipment. •Knowledge of NERC and WECC regional procedures, government regulations, contractual agreements, operating policies and procedures, and equipment specifications. SKILLS/ABILITY/OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: •Attention to safety. •Ability to exercise good judgment and make sound decisions. •Excellent verbal and written communication skills. •Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and web-based applications. •Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness. •Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. •Ability to cope with and respond to stressful conditions. CERTIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS: •Valid NERC System Operator Certification or ability to obtain NERC Certification within eight months.
Openings: 1
Close Date: 8/17/2014
Employee Start Date: Immediately.

Company Information

Company Name: Black Hills Corp
Address: 409 Deadwood Avenue Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 605-484-0492

Contact Information

Contact Person: Denton McGregor,
Phone: 605-484-0492
Email: [email protected]

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