Power Systems Ops Assistant
Cherokee Nation Businesses - Springfield, MO

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Cherokee Nation Assurance (CNA) is a technology solutions provider specializing in delivering information technology, management consulting program support and professional support services.

CNA’s full scope of computer and technology-related services include enterprise architecture, application development, database administration, systems administration, networking, security compliance, configuration management, infrastructure services, video surveillance, access control and professional IT services. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNA is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.


The contract employees shall have or will have obtained by the commencement of employment an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Electric Transmission System Technology. In addition to the degree, the contract employee, shall be a veteran, discharged under honorable conditions; shall have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0; shall be a citizen of the United States; shall be able to work rotating shifts of eight (8) and 12 hours; and shall be able to differentiate colors on both paper and monitor screens.

  • Assists in maintaining the Southwestern power system in a condition which results in the efficient and continuous delivery of power and energy in compliance with contract obligations and power pool policies. This is done by assisting in monitoring the indicators of the system status to detect abnormal conditions, and is familiar with the appropriate actions to be taken to prevent or correct the problem. As directed, provides assistance to existing Power System Dispatchers in such actions as causing generator outputs to be adjusted, operating various devices via SCADA, or contacting neighboring dispatch offices to request certain assistance on their bulk power system.
  • Assists in scheduling the use of resources as required to meet bulk power system demands. This includes assisting with a) matching generation and load; b) conforming the release of water from power plants with such non-power requirements as flood control, fish and wildlife, navigation, water quality and recreation; c) complying as necessary with the operating requirements of NERC. The incumbent trains and learns to assist in assuring that sufficient generators are connected to the system or are available to provide the required operating reserve. The incumbent trains and learns to assist in operating the load-frequency control equipment to achieve the desired interchange of power and energy with the interconnected systems.
  • Assists in coordinating among area maintenance offices all work requiring bulk power system switching, clearance, or hold orders The incumbent trains and learns what is needed to assist in directing all routine and emergency switching required for such purposes as changing system interconnections, restoring service after a disturbance, and removing equipment from service for routine or emergency maintenance. The incumbent trains and learns to write and implement the proper switching actions that result in safe working conditions for the maintenance personnel while causing minimum disruption to the power system.
  • Assists in collection of data from a variety of sources for the purpose of documenting system operation. The incumbent trains and learns to perform accounting procedures related to power pool operation. The incumbent trains and learns to provide data to other personnel which is used for revenue billing.
  • Assists in the immediate remedial actions required to safeguard the public or to prevent overload or damage to power equipment during unusual or abnormal conditions and equipment troubles. The incumbent trains and learns the procedures for reporting the problem to appropriate authorities, and the procedure for requesting emergency line patrols and inspection and testing of faulty equipment.
  • Assists in maintaining a formal Power System Dispatcher log of all events and activities related in any way to their operation or condition of the power system.
  • Assists in flight following services for aerial line patrols, and acts as central contact and coordinator for situations involving an overdue flight.
  • Assists indisposal of surplus energy during periods of forced generation required by the flood control operations. The incumbent trains and learns the various contractual arrangements in order to combine maximum benefit to Southwestern and equitable distribution to customers. The incumbent trains and learns the procedures used during periods in which use of hydro generation is curtailed due to low reservoir levels. The incumbent trains and learns to schedule the purchase of thermal energy in a manner which satisfies load requirements, and minimizes expense to the government.

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