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Transmission Systems Operator Sr. at Lower Colorado River Authority

Transmission Systems Operator Sr.

Lower Colorado River Authority Austin, TX (Onsite) Full-Time
Transmission Systems Operator Sr.

Apply now Job No: 497110

FT/PT: Full-time

Regular/Project/Seasonal: Regular

Location: Austin, TX 78744

City: Austin

State: Texas

Categories: Other, Operations/Maintenance (Power, Water, Transmission, Telecom), On-site

At a senior level, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the real-time operation and control of LCRA

transmission grid at the System Operations Control Center (SOCC). Coordinates and performs switching of

LCRA TSC, customer, and leased transmission lines, working with maintenance personnel in restoration

efforts to safely and efficiently restore power to the end-use customer. Performs complex engineering

analysis and calculations necessary for real-time line loading functions and load flow functions in order to

adapt to changing system conditions. Works independently and receives minimal guidance. Acts as a

resource for colleagues with less experience. May direct the work of other staff members.

You will be trusted to:

* Ensures the electric transmission system meets demand while maintaining system parameters such as frequency, line flows and transmission-level voltage within prescribed limits.
* Restores service (through SCADA and dispatch of field personnel) to transmission and substation facilities to reduce customer outage time and restore system integrity.
* Provides switch operation training for customers
* Approves switching orders prior to implementation by less experienced Transmission System Operators, as required.
* Writes, checks, and issues switching orders for transmission and substation facilities consistent with the Transmission Services Safety and Health Handbook, LCRA Transmission Switching Procedures Manual, and System Operations Procedures to ensure safety of field personnel while making transmission and substation facilities available for maintenance and construction activities.
* Coordinates complex switching activities with other utilities to make certain safety and reliability are upheld.
* Ensures appropriate communications on all transmission events to LCRA System Operations management, LCRA Customers, and ERCOT.
* Reviews all written logs pertaining to daily events to ensure proper logging and readability. Ensures that proper documentation is completed to meet all regulatory requirements including but not limited to ERCOT and NERC. Monitors and reports all communication problems on RTU's and the EMS to ensure vital communications are available for normal and emergency operations.
* Utilizes one-line diagrams as a tool in writing and checking switching orders.
* Coordinates and directs Black Start restoration activities between LCRA TSC field staff, LCRA QSE, LCRA generating units, Independent Power Producer (IPP) generating units, and ERCOT to restore service in the event of a state-wide blackout. Ensuring proper NERC and ERCOT documentation.
* Maintains working knowledge of all System Operations procedures, manuals, handbooks, plans and technology systems.
* Maintains NERC Certification (at the Transmission Operator level) to assure understanding of NERC policies and to meet NERC requirements
* Provides recommendations to System Operations management on operating procedures, EMS enhancements, and training topics to improve processes and procedures.
* Monitors weather conditions to ensure LCRA system operations readiness during adverse weather conditions.
* Maintains working knowledge of Real-Time Contingency Analysis (RTCA) and State Estimator tools and applications.
* Has the authority to shed firm load during ERCOT Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) event, or any events where shedding firm load is necessary to maintain the integrity of the transmission grid and/or for the safety of personnel and equipment.
* Has the authority to restore load following force majeure and mandated load shedding events. This general overview only includes essential functions of the job and does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform any other job-related duties requested by supervisor or management.
* Analyzes system voltage and performs daily/night and weekend load flow approvals for unplanned outages.
* Assist supervisor with training new operators with NERC standards and ERCOT protocols and guides Provides direct guidance to new associate operators with switching
* May act as the Transmission Shift Supervisor as required.
* Performs outage coordination as necessary

You qualify with:

* Nine or more years experience in real-time operation and or field operations and control of electric transmission and/or distribution systems, transmission equipment field operations or power plant operations.
* A degree(s) in electrical engineering technology, electrical technology, electronics or relevant field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience.
* NERC System Operator Certification or equivalent

You are a great fit with:

* Knowledge of the LCRA Transmission Switching Procedures Manual
* Knowledge of LCRA System Operations Procedures
* Knowledge of basic electricity fundamentals and typical electrical systems and equipment
* Knowledge of electric transmission and generation facilities
* Working knowledge of system one-line diagrams
* Knowledge of ERCOT Operating Guides
* Knowledge of NERC Operating Policies and Reliability Standards
* Knowledge of Black Start responsibilities including LCRA black start corridors
* Comprehensive knowledge of EMS and associated communications systems
* General understanding of field personnel operations
* Advanced skill level in Energy Management System for transmission switching control
* Skill in analyzing and solving complex problems
* Advanced skill in reading and interpreting diagrams and prints
* Skill in verbal and written communication
* Basic skill level in office productivity applications (such as email, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)
* Skill in communicating effectively with team members, supervision / management and external organizations under normal and emergency conditions
* Ability to remain alert over a 12-hour period in order to respond to a variety of emerging events
* Ability to keep current on changing policies, procedures, and regulations related to the transmission system
* Ability to work in a team environment

You gain:

* Competitive salary & medical, dental, vision and legal insurance
* Paid time off, including time for vacation, sick and family care leave
* 401(k) match up to 8% that includes a student loan 401(k) contribution program option
* Life and disability insurance
* Wellness program including wellness incentive
* Extensive learning & development programs

And more - all to create a compelling and rewarding work environment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

LCRA provides equal employment opportunities and a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at LCRA are based on business need, job requirement and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state legal requirements governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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