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Subtransmission & Distribution System Control Operator Apprentice, II, or I

Location: 

Kearney, NE, US, 68845

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Subtransmission & Distribution System Control Operator Apprentice, II, or I located at Kearney Operations Center in Kearney.  Position closes January 28, 2020.

Position Summary

This position is an extremely critical part of NPPD's operation that is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of NPPD's jointly operated sub-transmission system as well as NPPD distribution systems.  The incumbent will coordinate personnel and system strategies for outages during both normal and emergency operations and take actions necessary to maintain a safe, reliable, and efficient system.

Education, Training and Experience

Apprentice Operator (Entry Level Position) - Technical School degree in related electrical field (OR) High School Diploma/GED plus 3 years related electrical experience as indicated below.

 

Operator II - Technical School Degree in related electrical field plus 2 years system control operator experience (OR) High School Diploma/GED plus 4 years system control operator experience. 

 

Operator I - Technical School degree in related electrical field plus 4 years system control operator experience (OR) High School Diploma/GED plus 7 years system control operator experience.

 

Related Experience:  Utility line, substations, commercial/residential/industrial electrical, utility power plant operations, electrical engineering, telecommunications, electronics, utility system control, power system planning, electric utility engineering technician. 

 

A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be considered/substituted for up to 3 years (maximum) of the related electrical experience requirement.

 

Applicants may be placed into the Sub-transmission & Distribution System Control Operator Progression Program. 

 

Other work experience or demonstrated performance indicating that the applicant has the skills and ability to perform the duties of the position may be substituted for the specified years of experience and/or education.

Licenses and/or Certifications

Apprentice System Control Operator (Entry Level Position)  
Must meet probationary requirements within NPPD's Sub-Transmission and Distribution System Control Operator Progression Program to become Operator ll qualified within 1 year.

Must establish and maintain acceptable NERC security background check.

 

System Control Operator II
Must successfully complete NPPD's Sub-transmission & Distribution System Control Operator II written exam and oral review board.

Must obtain NPPD switching and clearance holder certifications.

Must meet the requirements within NPPD’s Sub-transmission & Distribution System Control Operator Progression Program to become operator l qualified within 5 years.

Maintain acceptable NERC security background check.

 

System Control Operator I
Minimum of 2 years experience as a System Control Operator II.

Must successfully complete NPPD's Sub-transmission & Distribution System Control Operator I written exam and oral review board.

Maintain NPPD switching and clearance holder certifications.

Maintain acceptable NERC security background check.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Apprentice Operator-Successfully complete per NPPD standards classroom and on the job training to learn how to coordinate, write, review, and execute switching of sub-transmission and distribution lines and associated substation equipment in a manner that will not jeopardize the safety of personnel and equipment by utilizing human performance tools and checks.

 

Apprentice Operator-Successfully complete per NPPD standards classroom and on the job training to learn how to monitor line and substation equipment and react to changes in system requirements due to variations in system load conditions and other factors while ensuring they are operated within established limits and guidelines. This includes response to emergency conditions such as loss of transmission, sub-transmission, distribution lines, and/or substation facilities. Remain abreast of the status of the high voltage transmission system (NPPD and neighboring systems) that impacts the sub-transmission and distribution systems.

 

Apprentice Operator-Successfully complete per NPPD standards classroom and on the job training to learn how to evaluate and respond to unplanned outages on the joint sub-transmission systems and NPPD’s distribution systems utilizing NPPD’s outage management, iTOA, and SCADA programs.

 

Apprentice Operator-Successfully complete per NPPD standards classroom and on the job training to learn how to verify switching maps in NPPD’s outage management and SCADA systems are updated and accurate.

 

Apprentice Operator-Successfully complete per NPPD standards classroom and on the job training to learn how to implement NPPD’s distribution load control function and settings.


Apprentice, Operator II, and Operator I- Expected to live within 30 minutes of the Kearney Control Center, in the event of a call-in for emergency switching.  This position is responsible for an extremely critical part of NPPD's operations and is expected to be available in the event of emergencies.

 

Operator l– Assists in developing and enhancing new and existing system control processes. Serves as a technical resource to others regarding switching, outage management, SCADA, iTOA, and load control. Acts as a resource and positive role model in the Kearney Control Center.  Guides and coaches teammates on safe and reliable operation of the sub-transmission and distribution system utilizing human performance tools and techniques. 

Accountable for other duties as assigned.
Core Competencies
Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity and Inclusion
Integrity/Excellence
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship
Safety

 

Salary Information: 

Apprentice Operator/Operator II: non-exempt pay grade 12 $32.65 - $41.23/hour

Operator I: non-exempt pay grade 13 $36.62 - $46.25/hour

 

Travel Required: Up to 25% (With no or minimal overnight stays, less than 3 per month, typically within state of Nebraska)  Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.

 

Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force.

Hiring Philosophy

Federal EEO

E-Verify Participant

Right to Work

FMLA 

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.


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