SYSTEM OPERATOR I/II

  • PNMR Resources
  • Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • Nov 08, 2017
Business Development

Job Description


PNMR Resources



Job ID: 6085801
Date: 11/06/2017
Location: TNMP, Alvin TX
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular

POSTING DEADLINE

Applications must be submitted no later than November 26, 2017

DEPARTMENT

Department: System Operations

PREFERENCES

Electrical Engineering degree preferred

JOB DESCRIPTION



SYSTEM OPERATOR II

Works twelve-hour rotating shifts. Under general direction, control and operate TNMP's transmission resources (voltage levels 60 kV and above) in compliance with all existing regulatory and company procedures. This includes responsibility for real time monitoring of TNMP's transmission systems, managing VAR flow, maintaining acceptable voltage levels, coordinating and dispatching switchin'g operations, and executing directives issued by the ERCOT Reliability Coordinator. Serves as TNMP's liaison and transmission control agent to the ERCOT Reliability Coordinator and other ERCOT market entities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Executes directives issued by the ERCOT Reliability Coordinator.


Implements real-time actions, up to and including shedding firm load, to ensure stable and reliable operation of the Bulk Electric System

Responsible for ensuring compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Operating Standards and other regional standards

Directs all actions for safety and reliability of the electric grid, of any hosted entities, field crews, or Resource Entities operating within the company's transmission network

Follows all guidelines written by management and senior staff

Responds to transmission disturbances within established regulatory, industry, and company standards to assure a continuous supply of electricity to customers and interconnected resources.

Maintains system voltages using complex system equipment in the most efficient manner

Advises co-workers and management of normal and abnormal system conditions

Executes predefined Constraint Management Plans to ensure system reliability

Documents and communicates to various groups, all company and inter-utility system developments that could impact the Company's inter-utility relationships or the security, reliability, and safety of the company's transmission system, or the ability to serve load


Accurately documents system events and disseminates reports for interdepartmental use in reliability and compliance reporting. Monitors critical items, including system voltages, system power flows, and substation facility equipment status

Represents the Company in developing and enhancing working relationships with other utilities/market entities and various regulatory bodies, and accepts assignments on various inter-utility Operating and Engineering committees


Performs the following duties on occasions when the TNMP Outage Coordinator is absent:

Processes and submits outage requests to gain approval for planned work

Coordinates with ERCOT ISO to develop Constraint Management Plans related to system outages

Ensures outage information is distributed to affected entities

Creates and/or updates all TNMP documentation related to planned outages. Updates all applications related to planned outages

Updates daily reports related to SOC Operations

Integrates planned switching for SOC and DOC Operations

COMPETENCIES:

Demonstrates, maintains, and increases knowledge of the Company's transmission system, electrical theory, and associated operating procedures and guidelines

Shows a strong desire for additional intensive training and complete TNMP's initial System Operator training program within nine months of employment


Strong sense of ambition, motivation, and confidence

Ability to work in a stressful and fast-paced environment

Ability to make sound judgments and crucial decisions in short amounts of time

Ability to understand and assimilate complex technical information

Ability to build and maintain relationships with teammates and external utility contacts

Ability to work with little supervision and only general guidelines at times

QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

A High School diploma or GED with sixty semester hours of college course work showing an aptitude for math and electrical theory with six to eight years of previous work experience, to include two and a half years of lower-level authority experience at a level of performance that demonstrates an intimate knowledge of generation of transmisstion systems an how to operate/control them, or utility knowledge, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the discipline will be accepted.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Must maintain North American Electric Reliability Corporation System Operator Certification. Failure to maintain North American Electric Reliability Corporation certification could result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, in accordance with the PNMR's Positive Discipline policy.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reviews and guides decisions and actions of System Operator I. Develops positive relationships with control room staff.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:


Ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, correspondence, and memos

Strong oral and written communication skills

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume

Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry

COMPUTER SKILLS:

Working knowledge of various database, spreadsheet, and word processing software

Ability to use various computer systems

ANALYSIS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITY:

Consolidates and analyzes many complex variables to make firm and accurate decisions on complex issues under rapid and severe time constraints, under minimal guidance from management. Combines complex data sets including weather, grid conditions, electrical voltages, customer load, system disturbance data, liaison utility conditions, etc. to determine actions required to ensure continuous operation on the electrical grid. Keeps informed of continuously changing regulations and procedures and develops own procedures independently when situations demand. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

DECISION MAKING:

Has the authority to take or direct timely and appropriate real-time actions, without obtaining approval from the higher-level personnel within own operating authority area. During emergency operating conditions, has additional independent authority to shed firm load to prevent or alleviate System Operating Limit violations without higher-level approval.

SCOPE AND IMPACT:

Error potential for this position can impact reliability and compliance significantly, if not caught by the higher-level staff in a timely manner. As the authority in charge of switching procedures, miscommunication, or errors in analysis could result in severe injury or death to field employees or contractors.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Ability to accept the mental and physical rigors of rotating shift work, constantly changing system conditions, and varying operating guidelines.


Rotating shifts include weekends, nights, and holidays. Changing system conditions and staffing levels may require the successful candidate in this position to work well over 40 hrs, per week.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Control room environment.

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