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Municipality of Anchorage - Anchorage, AK

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Open to the general public and any current Municipal employee.

This position is represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) - Local 1547 Union and is subject to the provisions of the current contract between the Municipality of Anchorage and the IBEW Local 1547.

DEPARTMENT: Municipal Light & Power
HOURS OF WORK : Rotating Shift
LOCATION OF WORK : Power Dispatch Center, 1200 East 1st Avenue

Example of Duties:

Under direction of the Power Dispatcher Supervisor, directs plant operation, power sales and purchases, and transmission system operation. Supports the Power Dispatcher Supervisor and may support the Distribution Dispatcher (Superintendent) after regular hours.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Regulates power sales and purchased based on reliability economics and contractual requirements.
  • Directs scheduling of ML&P generators to meet load changes.
    Maintains and updates dispatch-related records and logs.
  • Schedules and supervises transmission level switching.
  • Calculates losses and reviews system reliability before and after transmission switching.
  • Receives and gives clearances.
  • Schedules power energy and spinning reserve with other inter-tied utilities and systems.
  • Communicates with other inter-tied dispatchers (other companies) with SCADA, radio, and other means as required.
  • Directs system restoration and/or isolation from generation problems or simple operational problems (after hours).
  • Calls out supervisors for serious after hour problems.
  • Directs (coordinates) after hours loop wagon.
  • Operates SCADA and other computer and control systems.
  • Applies appropriate safety manuals and associated documents.
  • Operates vehicle.
  • Security, including operation and monitoring of ML&P security equipment.
  • Provides instruction and training.
  • Takes lead in emergency system restoration.
  • Backs up Distribution Dispatcher.
  • Coordinates dispatch activities.
  • Writes and reviews switching orders.
  • Implements written and non-written switching orders.
  • Monitors systems transmission power flow.
  • Monitors system distribution feeder power flow.
  • Monitors system generation power input.
  • Monitors system interconnection power interchange.
  • Monitors status of transmission switchyards and breakers.
  • Monitors status of distribution substations and breakers.
  • Monitors status of subtransmission breakers.
  • Utilizes utility computer programs to determine economic loading of distribution feeders, sub-transmission and transmission circuits and turbine/generators.
  • Receives requests for, issues, maintains, and updates clearances for transmission sub-transmission, distribution, and generation facilities.
  • Takes and receives "off-hours" utility telephone and "two-way" radio communications including reporting of service outages and system problems reported by the public and private sector.

Minimum Qualifications / Substitutions / Special Qualifications:

High school graduation or the equivalent and ten (10) years applicable electrical utility system operating experience in the area of Transmission, Distribution, or Generation; including either four (4) years of experience directly related to system operation in the areas of power load flow control, economic dispatch and system switching control and line clearance; or three (3) years experience acquired directly in a "dispatch center" of a major utility or power supplier.

Individuals who possess a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering will be credited with four (4) years basic experience.

Individuals applying for employment in this position will be required to furnish proof of education and applicable experience, and may be required to undergo a written examination to determine level of competence.

Must possess a valid State of Alaska Driver's License by time of hire.


Veterans who wish to be considered for interview preference as allowed in the Personnel Rules 3.30/031 D must attach a copy of their DD Form 214 to the application or submit to the Employment Office within 2 business days of the position closing date. The DD Form 214 must show an honorable discharge. Minimum Qualifications of the position must be met for preference consideration.

If selected for hire, the appointment in this position will be conditional based upon a satisfactory Background Check. A Background Check encompasses criminal history, verifying education, and verifying dates of employment.

If selected for hire, appointment in this position will be conditional based upon the submission of a current copy of the applicant’s Alaska Driver’s License and a current (dated within 30 days from date requested) copy of his/her Department of Motor Vehicle driving record, including a driving record from previous states if the Alaska Driver’s License was first issued within one year prior to application, documenting an acceptable driving history. The processing fee(s) are the responsibility of the selected applicant.

All required licenses and certifications must remain current for the duration of employment.

The MOA is an EO and AA employer and complies with Title I of the ADA.

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