Applications will be accepted until February 3, 2020 Apply on-line at www.wfec.com
*At the option of the hiring official, this position could be filled as a System Operator, Relief System Operator,
or Assistant System Operator.*
SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Chief System Operator, the System Operator ensures the stable and reliable operations of the Bulk Electric System (BES), it is the responsibility of the System Operator to take timely and appropriate real-time actions during normal operating conditions and emergency situations. These actions include, but are not limited to: shedding of firm load, callout of personnel, and directing the activity of such personnel. System personnel, including Line Technicians, Station Technicians, plant Shift Supervisors, plant Electricians and member cooperative employees will be subject to the authority of the System Operator for switching orders and for all maintenance activities for the transmission system. The incumbent works closely with and implements directives received from the Reliability Coordinator. The incumbent will control all of WFEC generation resources within the control area. The incumbent must be a NERC Certified System Operator (Reliability Coordinator Certification) and will be responsible for complying with NERC reliability standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Includes the following: other duties may be assigned. Exercises control over the entire electrical system utilizing analog and digital telemetry data. Operates remote equipment by supervisory control via CRT and computer interface to the remote station. Works with ACES to maximize the benefit of the SPP -Integrated Market for WFEC. Communicates frequently with ACES to ensure economic loading of generating plants to meet system demand. Provides required data to ACES (load/wind forecasts, generator operating parameters, etc.) on an hourly basis. Works closely with and implements directives received from the Reliability Coordinator. Provides switching orders, issues and establishes clearances for all maintenance activities for the transmission system, and ensures these details are communicated to the affected load serving entities. Works with member distribution cooperative personnel in reporting malfunctions and initiates corrective actions. Monitors alarms from the electrical system including; voltage levels, power flows, gas pressures, microwave, and supervisory equipment on a constant basis to ensure proper operation of equipment and reliable service conditions. Maintains a chronological log of the electrical system conditions, clearances, hot line orders, radio communications, breaker operations, and all other pertinent conditions. Assists in the preparation of hourly and daily energy accounting data; arranges with other utilities to correct inadvertent balances as required. Works closely with generation, transmission, and engineering departments to advise of conditions and correct deficiencies. Monitor and adhere to the requirements for Contingency Analysis. Run studies as required utilizing the State Estimator.
COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Analytical: Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Professional Knowledge: Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into applications; Uses feedback to modify recommendations; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Oral and Written Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Writes clearly and informatively; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.
Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected outcomes.
Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Customer Service: Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments to customers.
Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors required of this position.
Education and Experience:
System Operator - ($80,408 - $126,031):Requires four years of experience in some phase of transmission system operations in generation, transmission, or electronics with a good understanding of relaying, system configuration, and equipment. Engineering or related technical education can be substituted for experience at a rate of one year of education for two years of experience. Technical courses in electricity and mathematics are desired. The job requires the ability to perform quick, calm actions in response to emergency situations.
Relief System Operator - ($72,902 - $113,072):Requires four years of experience in some phase of transmission system operations in generation, transmission, or electronics with a good understanding of relaying, system configuration, and equipment. Engineering or related technical education can be substituted for experience at a rate of one year of education for two years of experience. Technical courses in electricity and mathematics are desired. The job requires the ability to perform quick, calm actions in response to emergency situations.
Assistant System Operator - ($65,748 - $100,913):Requires four years of experience in some phase of system operations in generation, transmission, or electronics with a good understanding of relaying, system configuration, and equipment. Engineering or related technical education can be substituted for experience at a rate of one year of education for two years of experience. Technical courses in electricity and mathematics are desired. The job requires the ability to perform quick, calm actions in response to emergency situations.
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to peers and outside contacts.
Math Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions and percentages. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Computer Skills: Ability to use a personal computer and to learn to apply standard software packages including Microsoft Office.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must be a NERC Certified System Operator (Reliability Coordinator Certification). Must retain certification with the required continuing education hours and all certifications specified by FERC, SPP, or ISO requirements. Must sign WFEC's Code of Conduct. Must have a valid driver's license.
WORK SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: Transmission System Operators work schedules will be on a rotating shift basis and will be subject to emergency call out.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. In accordance with WFEC Administrative Procedure 805-Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace this position is classified as "safety sensitive".
MUST MEET ALL PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
WFEC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER
MINORITIES, FEMALES, DISABILITY, AND
VETS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
About Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
WFEC is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative, headquartered in Anadarko, Oklahoma, was organized in 1941, when western Oklahoma distribution cooperatives found it necessary to secure an adequate power supply at rates that farmers and rural industrial developers could afford. Throughout its history, WFEC’s membership has grown to include 21-member cooperatives, plus Altus Air Force Base. These members are headquartered in Oklahoma and New Mexico. Today, with seven generating facilities, and a total power capacity exceeding 2,200 megawatts, including contract power purchases, WFEC owns and maintains over 3,700 miles of transmission line to over 330 substations and switch stations. Generating facilities are located at Mooreland, Anadarko and Hugo, Oklahoma and Lovington, New Mexico. For more information, visit www.wfec.com.
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