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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Transmission Service Operator Trainee (IRC37285) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for communicating appropriate responses and taking appropriate action on requests for transmission service reservations (TSRs) requests for interchange (e-Tags), and facility locate requests throughout the Tri-State Transmission System. Responsible for developing a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between the TSGT Open Access Same-time Information System (OASIS), webTrans, and webTag Open Access Technology International (OATI) software applications and applying that understanding to position responsibilities as required. Responsible for understanding the impacts of TSRs and e-Tags as they relate to the calculation of Available Transfer Capability (ATC) and applying that understanding in maintaining the accuracy of the ATC posted through monitoring of the Real Time Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) displays and adjusting Total Transfer Capability (TTC) as needed on a real-time basis. Responsible for posting outages on the TSGT Common Western OASIS and ensuring the accuracy of the outage postings. In conjunction with other TSOs, compiles and prepares the monthly transmission service billing requests. Provides assistance to other Transmission System Operations personnel, including Transmission System Operators, as needed. Also responsible for training Transmission Service Operator Trainees on the functions and operations of the TSO desk.

System Operator Trainee Option

The Transmission Service Operator I (TSO I) with System Operator Trainee Option position will participate in the System Operator Trainee program during relief and training shifts as possible. This will allow the TSO I to progress in the System Operator Training program while performing the TSO duties. In this TSO I position, no timeframe for completion of the System Operator Training program is expected or guaranteed in this position. When a System Operator Trainee position opens, the opportunity to apply for it and progress through the System Operator Trainee program from the current achieved phase of the program would be allowed. This would also provide a path following the termination of the Transmission Service Operator Desk for continued employment in the System Operator Trainee role.

Note:

There is one position available and the position will be filled at one of two job grade levels: Transmission Service Operator Trainee, job grade NB17 or Transmission Service Operator I with Trainee Option, job grade NB18. This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected, and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.

Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes:

Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Work Schedules, Life Insurance, 401K, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Transmission Service Operator I

Hiring Salary Range: $57,000-$72,000

Transmission Service Operator Trainee

Hiring Salary Range: $47,000-$59,000

Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring salary range based upon work experience, education, and/or skill level.

Job Requirements

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Excellent knowledge of all the components of the TSGT Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) and the Transmission Service Operator Desk within the parameters of the OATT.

  • Responsible for monitoring the real-time OASIS, e-Tag, and webTrans OATI software applications in order to evaluate and accurately respond to TSRs and e-Tags submittals. Take action on TSR and e-Tag requests within regulated time constraints. Troubleshoot errors on e-Tags and TSRs, and effectively communicate the information to internal and external entities.

  • Excellent knowledge of the TSGT Transmission System, including impacts on shared transmission lines and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Rated Paths (aka: TOTs), in order to accurately represent ATC on the posted paths.

  • Monitor the real-time changes in transmission capability and assess the potential impacts on the ATC. Adjust the posted Total Transfer Capability (TTC) to effect changes to the ATC on the TSGT OASIS in order to optimize the usage of all available transmission capacity.

  • Manually calculate ATC and in the event of an OATI system outage, be responsible for manually calculating ATC and responding appropriately to e-Tag requests.

  • Determine which transmission system outages affect TSGT System and post information about those outages on the TSGT OASIS. Determine critical information to be disclosed on the OASIS regarding system outages and also which outage information should be posted by other Transmission Providers and why.

  • Utilize the OATI software to post outage information, and research and resolve questions asked by other affected Transmission Service Providers as well as marketing entities regarding the outages.

  • Responsible for the OATI suite of programs (OASIS, E-Tag, Curtailment Manager, and webTrans) used on the desk, communicating and reporting issues to the OATI Support Desk, and notifying appropriate Tri-State Personnel when necessary. Follow through with OATI regarding the reported problem(s) to ensure timely resolution.

  • Responsible for following the Unscheduled Flow Reduction (USF) Procedures and for determining the impact of unscheduled flow on the transmission system. Determine the relationship of impacted paths on the TSGT System as a result of issues developing on another entity's transmission system and take appropriate action as necessary. Utilize the OATI webSAS software to monitor unscheduled flow and transmission path curtailments in order to mitigate unscheduled flow. Perform curtailments based on webSAS information and in accordance with the current USF procedures for transmission line loading relief.

  • Create and compile the monthly transmission service billing in accordance with established monthly transmission service billing processes and procedures. Responsible for preparing the monthly transmission service billing requests, and performing month-end checkouts with counterparties, troubleshooting and resolving issues as necessary. Responsible for communicating with TSGT Accounting Personnel to ensure billing information is transmitted and received. Learn how to research and resolve questions and issues regarding the billing.

  • Responsible for the information provided through the Energy Management System (EMS) and SCADA systems to correlate SCADA information to the TTC information on the webTrans system and the importance of making appropriate adjustments in order to accurately reflect ATC. Understand when the system may not be providing accurate data and how to inform appropriate parties of any problems with the system.

  • Aid Senior Manager Grid Operations, Operations Support Manager, and OASIS/OATT Administrator and Training Analyst when needed.

  • Responsible for responding to all the Utility Notification Centers, Colorado (UNCC), New Mexico One-Call, Nebraska and Wyoming locate requests. Excellent knowledge of what data to extract from the locate requests and determine if TSGT fiber optic lines may be affected. Follow the emergency locate process and communicate necessary, and possibly critical, information to appropriate field personnel in accordance with emergency locate rules.

  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with Standards of Conduct (SOC) requirements in order to maintain TSGT compliance with related Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Orders.

  • Coordinate activities with Tri-State Transmission System Operations, applicable Balancing Authorities, and other Transmission Operators during emergency conditions, and assist in taking appropriate actions to help restore the system to pre-emergency operation status.

  • Assist TSGT System Operators, including, but not limited to, the following: answering and prioritizing phone calls for System Operators, checking field personnel into and out of TSGT facilities, and acknowledging and addressing SCADA alarms.

  • Responsible for operating and administering the Deseret Power Electric Cooperative (DGT) Common Western OASIS site for DGT in accordance with contract TS-11-0029, including any amendments. Responsible for performing the Transmission Service Provider functions for DGT.

  • Also required to follow and administer specific transmission contracts as they apply to TSGT.

  • Employee is responsible for ensuring the maximum economic benefit in all transactions, without compromising system reliability, while operating within the guidelines and policies set forth by the Tri-State Board of Directors.

  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.

  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.

  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:

  • Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.

  • Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.

  • Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.

  • Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.

  • Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Training

  • High school education or equivalent. Associate degree in electronics or electrical technology or equivalent. Completion of technical training/schooling such as military A school training, desirable. Working knowledge of algebra, geometry and basic principles of physics.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Ability to effectively and proficiently utilize computers and related software applications.

  • Ability to learn through one-on-one instruction, independent study, formal classroom settings, and on-the-job experience.

  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.

  • Demonstrated ability for strong attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a group and be able to move forward on work tasks where others have left off.

  • Must possess proficient written and verbal communication skills.Must be able to remain calm in stressful conditions and make rational decisions.

  • Computer proficiency in the use of related system operations systems and programs is expected to develop and progress throughout the training program.

Experience:

  • One (1) to three (3) of Transmission Service Operator experience or equivalent relevant electric utility experience which includes interaction with e-Tagging and OASIS software systems.

OR

  • Successful completion of the TSO Trainee program.

  • Those with less experience will be hired at the Transmission Service Operator Trainee job grade level, as appropriate.

Other:

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Must be NERC Certification as either a Transmission Operator (TO) or Reliability Coordinator (RC) and maintain certification.

  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts, irregular hours and additional hours including nights, weekends, and holidays. Must be willing to be called in on short notice to cover shifts when needed.

  • Must be willing to travel as required.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to perform all of the essential functions of the position.

DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of Tri-State's Transmission System, including Tri-State's Capacity Rights, desired.

  • Knowledge of the electrical transmission system, including transmission lines, substations, telecommunications, and other major related components, desired.

  • Knowledge of electric utility terms and their meanings desired.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, and bend. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors, and the ability to adjust focus. May require the ability to lift 30 lbs.

  • Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to read, write, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, present information to others and work under pressure.

  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to moderate level of noise. Majority of duties are performed indoors primarily at a desk.

Additional Details

All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site.

Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs.

Company Description

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,480 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.

Interested? Here is how to Apply:

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Tri-State: Join the people behind the power. Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes medical, dental, retirement and life insurance. Please visit our careers site at www.tristategt.org/careers/ for more details.

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