System Operator

Date: Sep 12, 2017

Location: Everett, WA, US

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Job ID  4421  Department  Energy Control Dispatch (10000084) 
Union Classification  Union IBEW  Type  Full Time - Hourly  
# of Openings  3.0  Job Location  Everett, Washington (US-WA) 
Closing Date  10/11/2017   Salary/Wage  $52.31 per hour 


Job Definition

Works with the operation of the District's transmission and distribution system ensuring delivery of continuous, reliable, efficient, and safe electrical power to all District customers in coordination with other Northwest Utilities. Reports to and receives direction from the Lead System Operator (LSO) and Energy Control Center Superintendents.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The System Operator (SO) classification is distinguished from the System Operator Apprentice (SOA) classification by the increased technical knowledge and skills required to perform the work.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Monitors and operates computerized systems for transmission, substation and distribution systems and initiates appropriate response to ensure reliable, efficient and safe operation.
  2. Issues switching orders to clear lines or equipment for maintenance or repair. Upon completion of work, restores service. Maintains records of all clearances issued.
  3. Coordinates appropriate District personnel in emergency response, switching activities, isolating system problems, repair and restoring service.
  4. Records hourly actual and scheduled deliveries and sales, compares hourly telemeter quantities from the Energy Control System during the absence of the Power Schedulers
  5. Answers and coordinates responses to customer concerns after hours, police & fire departments, and 911/SNOPAC dispatch centers.
  6. Completes training on the Energy Control System to be able to:
  • Maintain computerized hourly energy accounting records and advise when system scheduling limits are being approached.
  • Forecast daily and hourly system loads in order to identify the optimal level of resources to schedule.
  1. Maintains proficiency in Energy Control Center computer applications and all associated software.

Specialized Job Functions


Other Job Functions

  1. When no Power Scheduler is on duty, controls generating units within guidelines in order to meet generation requirements and license requirements. Takes appropriate actions when conditions change (either because of generating unit outages, weather conditions or interchange changes).
  2. Assists during emergency situations by analyzing system outages and problems.
  3. Maintains the Energy Control Center mimic-board, process maps and work sketches.
  4. Trains and supervises SOAs. Completes related evaluations as required.
  5. Responds to and coordinates emergency calls coming into the Energy Control Center.
  6. Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

• Electrical theory: AC & DC Basic Electricity.

• Control, switching and issue clearance policies and procedures for District's power system, or similar system.

• Generating plant characteristics and power interchange contracts.

• District and State safety rules and regulations.

• Telemetering, line construction, substation equipment, supervisory control, and relay systems.

• Computer systems including SCADA and PC applications.

• Line load capability.

• NERC/WECC and other Northwest Utility operation guidelines.

Ability to:

• Analyze and resolve problems.

• Multitask

• Interpret and apply related complex procedures and methods.

• Coordinate power dispatching activities, power exchanges and system switching activities.

• Objectively evaluate emergency outages.

• Communicate and work effectively with all levels of the organization, other utilities and customers.

• Handle work under varying and emergency situations.

• Supervise and use independent judgment.

• Report to Energy Control Center (or other District designated location) for regular work shift and/or overtime call outs.

• Work rotating shifts.


  • Successful completion of the District’s System Operator Apprenticeship Program.


  • Three (3) years SO experience at an Electric Utility.


• CPR and First Aid Card.

Preferred Qualifications


Working Conditions

• Duties are performed primarily in an office environment and some driving to the job site is required.

• Incumbents work rotating shifts including weekends, nights, and holidays.

• Incumbents perform repetitive movements from use of a computer and mouse.

• Frequent phone contact required with various agencies, customers and employees.

• Travel to business meetings and training may be required.

• May work up to 40 continuous hours as emergency conditions dictate.

• Subject to 24-hour call-out for emergency conditions and shift relief.



Snohomish County PUD #1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Disabled and Veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

Job Segment: Electrical, Engineer, Power Systems, Engineering, Energy

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