LOAD DISPATCHER 5233 REVISED 11/02/2012
City of Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA

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For trainee positions, annual salary is $92,728 to $115,194
For permanent Load Dispatcher positions, annual salary is $106,258 to $142,860

NOTES :
1. There are three phases of training. A one-time bonus of up to $7,500 will be paid to trainees in 3 payments as each phase is completed.
2. Employees regularly assigned to positions for shifts beginning at or after 2:00 p.m. but before 9:00 p.m. are paid up to an additional 4 percent for each hour worked during any such normal shift.
3. Employees regularly assigned to positions for shifts beginning at or after 9:00 p.m. but before 4:00 a.m. are paid up to an additional 7 percent for each hour worked during any such normal shift.
4. Employees who are appointed off this eligible list may receive salary bonuses for attainment of dispatcher certification(s) such as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

A Load Dispatcher exercises, or participates in, centralized control over electric transmission and distribution lines and generating and other electrical equipment of an electrical system, directs switching to remove lines and equipment from service for routine or emergency work, coordinates restoration of service, coordinates and executes the purchase, sale and scheduling of electrical energy and associated services in accordance with contracts and prearranged and real-time schedules, and other related duties.

NOTE :
See Job Preview for additional information regarding the duties and requirements of a Load Dispatcher. Copies of the Job Preview may be obtained at all locations where City job applications are available and is also available on the City website at http://per.lacity.org/exams/5233sup.pdf

REQUIREMENT(S) & NOTES:
1. Two years of full-time paid experience as an electric station operator, steam plant operator, electric distribution mechanic, electrical mechanic, hydroelectric station operator, senior electrical repairer, lineman, senior electrical tester, electric trouble dispatcher or in a position which is at least at that level and provides experience in operating a switchboard controlling the function or maintenance of electric equipment and lines in an electric power generating plant, substation, or in a receiving, switching, or distribution station; or maintaining an electrical distribution system at 4-kV or higher; or 2. Two years of full-time paid experience as a load dispatcher, systems operator, or in a position which is at least at that level and provides experience in centralized control over electric transmission lines, distribution lines, generating equipment, and/or other electrical equipment of an electric utility system at 4-kV or higher; or 3. Three years of full-time paid experience in a position at least at the level of electrical engineering associate, which provides experience in power system field operations in maintenance of power system control equipment, or the functioning or maintenance of electric equipment and lines in an electric power generating plant, in a substation, receiving, switching or distribution station, or maintaining an electrical distribution system at 4-kV or higher voltage and possessing either an Engineer-in-Training certification or a Professional Engineers license; or 4. Five years of full-time paid experience, including time spent in training, in the operation or maintenance of a nuclear power plant and/or its associated auxiliaries on a naval ship. NOTES : 1. Under Requirements #1, #2, or #3, time spent as an assistant, apprentice, or trainee will not be included as qualifying experience. 2. Candidates qualifying under Requirement #3 must submit a copy of either an Engineer-in-Training certification or a Professional Engineers license. Candidates will have 7 calendar days from the on-line submission date to submit a copy by attaching it to the on-line application or by submitting it to the Personnel Department, 700 E. Temple Street, Room 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Candidates who fail to submit either document within the time required will not be considered further in this examination and their applications will not be processed.

WHERE TO APPLY & APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Applications will only be accepted on-line. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/lacity/default.cfm for Open Competitive Examinations.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Filing may be closed without prior notice after a sufficient number of applications are received. For administrative purposes, filing will close periodically and reopen the following workday. The written test for Load Dispatcher will be held on the second Saturday of every other month until further notice. Candidates whose City applications are received and approved by Thursday two weeks prior to the scheduled written test date will be scheduled to take the test on the 2nd Saturday of the following month. The written test will be administered in a single half-day session. Candidates will be notified later by mail of the time and location of the written test, which will be held in Los Angeles.

SELECTION PROCESS:
Examination Weight: Written Test: 100%
The examination score will be based entirely on the results of a multiple-choice written test. In the written test, candidates may be examined for knowledge of: common types of trouble with electric transmission and distribution lines and equipment; potential damage to lines and equipment; electrical theory and concepts; arithmetic and algebra; ability to read system diagrams; ability to read and interpret technical material; ability to communicate effectively in the English language; ability to deal tactfully and effectively with others; and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

NOTES:
1. This examination is based on a validation study, and as provided by Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the written test will not be subject to candidate inspection.
2. Candidates may take this test only once every 365 days during the administration of this examination.
3. All entry-level positions are temporary training positions as defined in Civil Service Commission Rule 5.30. All trainees must complete an intensive three week evaluation period, a five week classroom training period, and the first phase of on-the-job training within nine months. All trainees must complete the remaining phase of the on-the-job training and be assigned to a permanent position within eighteen months. A Load Dispatcher may regularly work various shifts including weekends, holidays and overtime.
4. Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
5. As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf.
6. A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.
7. Your rank on the employment list may change throughout the year as the scores of candidates from other administrations of this examination are merged onto one list.

Notice :
If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position.
THIS EXAMINATION IS TO BE GIVEN ONLY ON AN OPEN COMPETITIVE BASIS
The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

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