DACC Operator - Boston, MA or Temecula, CA
First Wind - Boston, MA

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The Company

First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind energy projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind has developed and currently operates wind energy projects in the Northeast, the West and Hawaii. First Wind is committed to the communities it works with to achieve the most efficient and economic wind generation projects in North America.

Job Purpose

First Wind is expanding the Distributed Asset Control Center (DACC) Operations team with control rooms located in the Boston and Temecula California. The DACC monitors wind farms on a 24x7x365 basis and is the first to respond to events. The DACC Operator will monitor activity, performance and operations of wind turbines at wind farms using cutting edge technology. The DACC Operator will be responsible for monitoring wind turbine status, substation status, and other key operational elements for uptime and problem resolution. The DACC Operator will be responsible for coordinating event response and repair activities between various utilities, field operation staff, and vendors. The DACC Operator will also be responsible for complying with all regulatory requirements governing required response time in incident management.

This position can be based in Temecula, CA or Boston, MA

Principal Responsibilities

  • Monitor activity, performance and operations of wind turbines in the DACC. Analyze and utilize the information to prevent or minimize turbine down time.
  • Coordinate and implement actions to maximize production from the wind turbines.
  • Coordinate power system switching operations and serve as the primary communications interface with site operating staff, utilities, and Independent System Operators.
  • Respond to events and escalate to the on-call technicians as necessary.
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to control turbine and substation components and respond to events/alarms.
  • Write or contribute to instructions, procedures and manuals following documentation standards to guide end users.
  • Interact with various information systems personnel to clarify program intent, identify problems and suggest changes.
  • Maintain daily logs and prepare reports as required.

  • Any of the following are acceptable:
o An Associate’s degree in Electrical Technology or equivalent.

o A Bachelor’s degree in Power Plant Engineering Technology or equivalent.

o Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

  • Experience in power systems operation, energy, or substation control systems desired.
  • NERC System Operator Certification (Transmission, BIT, or RC) desired or ability to become NERC certified within 9 months.
  • Ability to perform reliably and in a systematic manner under time sensitive/high pressure situations; ability to make critical decisions and communicate efficiently in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to utilize multiple and diverse indications to systematically monitor and trend component status.
  • Ability to effectively work on a team.
  • Ability to efficiently plan and coordinate tasks between multiple groups
  • Analytical/logical reasoning ability
  • Good root cause analysis capabilities
  • Able to effectively manage time and prioritize projects in order to meet established deadlines.
  • Excellent communication, writing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work a shift schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Schedule is a fixed non-rotation 12 hour shift - 3 on 4 off, 4 on 3 off.
  • Knowledge of OSI Soft PI Systems and/or SCADA systems desired.

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At First Wind, wind is the first and last item in its business model. The vertically integrated energy company (formerly UPC Wind) develops,...