Colorado Springs Utilities Transmission System Operator in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Transmission System Operator

Job Type: Skilled Trades & Craft

Pay Range $47.20 to $54.28

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 11/25/18

Transmission System Operator

Colorado Springs Utilities offers career opportunities in the fast-paced, dynamic utility industry. We are committed to delivering on our promise to the Colorado Springs community by providing safe, reliable, and competitively-priced electricity. The Electric System Operations team is searching for an individual who has the desire and self-motivation to join our team as a Transmission System Operator .

In this job, you will be working under general supervision and make critical, independent decisions in a fast-paced environment under sometimes stressful conditions. You will also:

  • Continuously monitor and maintain reliable system conditions via Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Energy Management System (EMS), including State Estimator (SE) and Real-time Contingency Analysis (RTCA) solutions; perform real-time and day-ahead power flow studies utilizing EMS network analysis tools.

  • Coordinate with other reliability entities (Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Authority, and neighboring Transmission Operators) to ensure overall grid stability and reliability.

  • Develop and/or implement operating plans as necessary to mitigate unacceptable system performance; respond to changing load and supply resource situations, as well as abnormal and emergency conditions – some of which may be volatile and require resolution within short timelines – to ensure continued reliable operation of the Bulk Electric System (BES).

  • Perform short-term load forecasts (STLF) to predict and plan for load, supply resources and reserve obligations and ensures those obligations are met in real-time.

  • Communicate operational information with generating plant personnel; dispatch generation real and reactive output manually or via Automatic Generation Control (AGC); support optimum economics while assuring regulatory compliance and reliability of the Bulk Electric System.

  • Based on current or forecasted system conditions, approve/deny requests for transmission services (TSRs), sales/purchases of transmission capacity and/or energy (e-Tags), and generation schedules; assist with coordinating and have final approval authority for outages of CSU transmission and generation assets, as well as protection, controls, and communications equipment.

  • Plan, prepare, and issue switching and tagging instructions for the operation and restoration of the electric transmission system; issue Permissions, Clearances and Hot Line Holds and coordinate with neighboring system operations personnel for Source of Power Clearances; issue Operating Instructions to field and power plant personnel.

This role provides 24/7/365 coverage and the successful candidate will work 12 hour rotating shift schedule, including weekends, holidays, and overtime.

Why should you apply? If you are a forward thinking, customer-focused individual who thrives on challenges in an ever-changing environment, then this may be the perfect opportunity for you!​

What does it take to be successful in this position? the i deal candidates will have previous experience in electric generation, electric transmission and/or distribution. The ability to obtain NERC Reliability Operator Certification within the first 6 months of hire and maintain it is required.

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled . Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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E-Verify and Right to Work Notice . Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Colorado Springs Utilities participates in E-Verify. For more information on your rights and responsibilities as an applicant, please visit: . If you have a legal right to work in the United States, there are laws to protect you against discrimination in the workplace. You should know that no employer can deny you a job or fire you because of your national origin. Unless mandated by law or government contract, employers cannot require you to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident or refuse any legally acceptable documents. If any of these things have happened to you, you may have a valid charge of discrimination that can be filed with the OSC. Contact the OSC for assistance in your own language. Call 1-800-255-7688. TDD for the hearing impaired is 1-800-237-2515. In the Washington, D.C., area, please call 202-616-5594, TDD 202-616-5525 Or write to: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel NYA 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20530.

Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas. All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type: Skilled Trades & Craft