Senior System Operator (Closes at midnight July 18, 2013)
Chelan County Public Utility District - Wenatchee, WA

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$53.19 per hour with exceptional benefits which include 11 paid holidays per year, 21 days of personal leave (initially), Public Employees Retirement System, 457 Deferred Compensation and 401(a) matching company savings (up to 5% after 1 year of probationary employment), short and long-term disability, life insurance and medical/dental/vision for covered dependents.


**Sample rotating shift schedule is attached in the upper right-hand corner.


Acts as primary authority for real time operation of the electrical system including generation, transmission and distribution facilities. This is a twelve-hour rotating shift environment for 24x7 operations. The Senior System Operator shall work on shift and assume responsibility for the shift including directing work of the System Operator and/or System Operator in Training. Performs power dispatching duties and switching as necessary for the safe, efficient, reliable and secure operation of the District’s Control Area, river system and distribution system. Dispatching duties shall include monitoring of system conditions, regulation of system parameters, issuance of clearances, outage coordination, system logging and operation of the District’s SCADA/AGC systems. Monitors and responds to alarms for water and wastewater. This includes directing appropriate staff members to investigate situation. Provides on-the-job training and leadership for System Operators and System Operators in training. Where switching and clearance procedures are concerned, this position is mandated by state safety law.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position. These are usually functions requiring the larger portion of time. Secondary functions are those activities that are not fundamental to the position.

1 (EF) 30% Monitors, controls and coordinates the real-time operation of the District’s bulk power system and all inter-ties to insure safe and reliable operating conditions. Monitors and controls system loading, voltage, and VAR levels within specified limits. Communicates with and receives information from customers regarding service needs and any perceived emergency situations. Evaluates this information and determines whether it is company, customer or another utilities problem. Responds to, and continues to monitor emergency situations with both safety and efficiency in mind while restoring service as quickly as possible.

2 (EF) 20% Directs immediate response to unplanned outages and helps to coordinate planned maintenance outages. Monitors all forms of communication needed to maintain constant contact with electric and gas personnel, local representatives, servicemen, and all other field personnel. Maintains knowledge of the location and availability of field personnel as well as progress of field work. Informs area managers and other appropriate personnel of current electric system conditions. Updates emergency operating information and procedures as needed. Provides after hour call handling for all of the District’s business phone lines and security monitoring of all District facilities.

3 ( EF) 20% Operates the District’s Electric Systems in accordance with WECC, NERC Standards and Policies, and NWPP Procedures. Monitors, controls, directs and operates, by way of maps, SCADA and GIS, the District’s distribution system facilities including the dispatching of emergency crews during nonbusiness hours.

4 (EF) 10% Monitors the operation of the Mid Columbia Coordination Agreement in order to direct river control and real time operation of the District’s Hydro facilities, contractual obligations and interests.

5 (EF) 10% Continuous monitoring of the system’s capability, integrity, and load. Revises hourly schedules with Shell time desk to maximize efficiency of resources

6 (EF) 10% Prepares, reviews and directs electric distribution and transmission switching procedures and shutdowns in accordance with prescribed operating and safety procedures. Issues hot-line-holds and clearances to work crews and directs switching to restore facilities to service.

7 (EF) On-going Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

8 (EF) On-going Is required to drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

Education: High school diploma or certified equivalency. College or technical trade schooling desired. Required to successfully complete District administered Senior System Operator test within required timeframe.

Experience: Typically requires 5 years experience as System Operator. The position requires a well-rounded electrical background with expertise in switching and operation of the generation, transmission and distribution system.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Requires NERC and WECC certifications and advanced knowledge of interconnected operations and generation characteristics. Ability to analyze and coordinate multiple system conditions and outages. Capable of working rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays. Requires extensive knowledge of switching procedures and safety practices. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with others, including the WECC/RC and related Control Areas, Mid-Columbia Central control, private and governmental agencies, District operations personnel and the general public. Requires proficiency with all components and equipment utilized in operating and maintaining a reliable distribution, transmission, and generation system, including Microsoft Office application products (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).

Equipment Utilized: Computers, SCADA, Video Projection Systems, GIS, Trunked Radio System , Phone Systems, System Protection equipment, Security System and Recorders, Microwave System.

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements 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. Comply with all applicable RCWs, WACs and District policies.

Performance of the position requires working safely and may require working in a varied outdoors environment such as all weather conditions, all noise levels, hazardous conditions, and on the full range of outdoor work surfaces. The frequent use of protective clothing and/or all personal devices may be required.

The position requires extensive communication in both written and oral form. Frequent movement and activity relating to using keyboards and viewing data on computer displays.

Safety Requirements: The District promotes an environment where employees think safe, work safe, and live safe. Develop and maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).


Safety-sensitive positions are subject to pre-employment drug screening. An essential function of this job involves duties which categorize this position as safety-sensitive.


A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.


Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Chelan County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District's critical physical and/or cyber assets.


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/H/V