Has overall responsibility and authority for the real-time operations of the SDGE electric transmission system. Implements real-time actions to ensure the safe and reliable operation of that system and ensure compliance with NERC mandatory reliability standards. Has standing delegated authority from the Company to take whatever actions are necessary to ensure electric transmission system reliability. Such actions may include shedding of firm load to prevent or alleviate Transmission System operating emergencies.
Duties and Responsibilities
* Supervises, on an assigned basis, other NERC Certified Transmission System Operators engaged in the reliable operation and control of the electric transmission system responding to system disturbances to minimize impacts.Assures compliance with NERC, WECC, CAISO, and other regulatory agency mandatory reliability operating standards and criteria.Responsible for the SDGE activities associated with the electric transmission system, including, but not limited to, monitoring and control, review and approval of transmission outages, authorization of field work, and responding to emergency situations.
* Conducts operating studies, utilizing advanced applications, to monitor and ensure system reliability and anticipates and reacts to contingency risks for unscheduled transmission events or requests.Coordinates operating activities with the CAISO and other interconnected transmission entities to ensure compliance with all standards, policies and operating procedures applicable to the SDGE system.
* Consistently monitors system conditions in preparation for implementing and managing system emergency and restoration efforts in the event of significant disturbances, including those that result in partial or total electric system shutdown.Is the lead individual within the Company coordinating that effort and acts as the Incident Commander (IC) during such events.Manages load and system restoration after system disturbances in coordination and cooperation with CAISO, other Transmission Operators and Balancing Authorities, WECC Reliability Coordinator, local generation, and Distribution Operations.Directs emergency switching operations involving the shifting of loads and shutdown/start up of facilities.Prioritizes the deployment of field crews in order to maintain or restore electric service.
* Interfaces directly with outside reliability agencies (North America Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Department of Energy (DOE), California Independent System Operator (CAISO), WECC Reliability Coordinator (WECC RC) and electric utilities (Southern California Edison (SCE), Arizona Public Service (APS), Imperial Irrigation District (IID), Mexico (CFE), San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)). Communicates regularly with CAISO, Distribution Operations and other interconnected transmission entities as appropriate.
* Analyzes load forecasts, generation resource adequacy, and schedules outages to ensure grid reliability and adapts plans to address current day situations as necessary.Participates in the development of procedures and adheres to and supports Grid Control Standards, Policies and Procedures to ensure system reliability.
* Adheres to and supports SEU Safety Policies and Programs.Participates in hiring, and promoting subordinate employees; trains subordinates; assigns, directs and reviews their work.Prepares and maintains related records and reports, attends business meetings, committees, and workshops on behalf of Grid Control.
* Performs other duties as assigned (no more than 5% of duties).
* A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
* Must have knowledge of electrical theory and electric utility operations normally acquired through college level courses and/or an equivalent education, training and experience.
* Must have a minimum of 7 to 10 years of directly related experience in power system operations, power plant operations, substation operations, generation and transmission operations or a combination of related education, experience and training.
* Requires NERC Certification to the Transmission Operator level (must be completed prior to assuming own shift).
* Must have the ability to achieve situational awareness and manage system contingencies and emergencies.
* Must possess the ability to adapt and multi-task in a rapidly changing environment and be able to perform effectively under emergency and high-pressure situations.
* Requires effective leadership abilities and the skill to organize a diverse team (operators, engineers, field personnel) in order to resolve emergency events.
* Must have strong oral and written communication skills and a clear leadership presence.
* Must be able to read and understand technical drawings and documentation.
* Must have strong computer skills for monitoring and operating the electric transmission system and use other typical office applications.
* Required to work rotating 12-hour shifts in an office-type transmission control center work environment and can be required to work extended shifts. Job can be high stress at time, particularly during system emergencies.
* Must be able to distinguish colors and read small print.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
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