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Electric System Dispatcher
monthly (26 pay periods annually)
FINAL FILING DATE:
We are accepting the first 50 qualified applications or closing at 5 pm, January 13, 2017; whichever occurs first.
IT IS MANDATORY THAT YOU COMPLETE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE. YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE REJECTED IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION.
The Human Resources Department is establishing an employment list for the regular and full-time position of Electric System Dispatcher in the Electric Department. The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8 am –5 pm; a flex schedule may be available.
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To perform technical duties in coordinating and monitoring electric distribution system reliability and safety on a day-to-day basis; to monitor system load and power transmission into and out of the system; and to originate switching for planned and emergency clearances, load shifting, load reduction, and energizing new equipment.
This is the journey level in the Electric System Dispatcher series. Incumbents initially perform the more routine duties assigned to positions in this series and work under close supervision. However, as experience is gained, incumbents are expected to perform the full range of duties as assigned with increasing independence.
This class is distinguished from the Senior Electric System Dispatcher in that the latter performs provides technical and functional supervision to the Electric System Dispatcher class and performs duties requiring specialized knowledge.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision from the Electric Operations Manager.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
- Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Operate the system and monitor system reliability using the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system and system distribution maps; coordinate all switching activities involving electrical sub-stations, overhead and underground transmission lines and all distribution circuits.
• Coordinate planned and emergency work within the division and with other City divisions and departments and outside agencies; coordinate response to system alarms and high voltage cable failures; receive trouble calls and dispatch appropriate personnel to problems reported on the electrical system.
• Update electrical system maps and diagrams to reflect changes in field conditions; update and modify the SCADA data base and make programming changes as needed.
• Perform short term load forecasting to determine daily power requirements for dispatching Load Management Programs and future real-time scheduling functions; implement the Emergency Electric Load Curtailment Plans and Load Management Programs.
• Perform various power accounting functions in conjunction with Load Management Programs and real-time energy scheduling using the SCADA system.
• Tabulate and issue daily load reports on all substations and circuits; make necessary surveys when required; correct data to account for abnormally high load readings on circuits.
• Maintain various reports and logs used by operating and engineering staff; prepare outage reports for scheduled and unscheduled outages; maintain a log of outages for all circuits and recommend corrective action as appropriate.
• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
• Perform related duties as assigned.
• Algebra, geometry and basic principles of physics including electrical and mechanical theory, AC and DC electricity.
• Fundamentals of power flow and electric utility power pooling concepts.
• Electric utility practices, equipment and operations, including dispatching techniques.
• Principles and practices of work safety in an electric utility environment.
• General use and purpose of a SCADA control system.
• Basic computer programming concepts.
• Perform technical duties in coordinating and monitoring electric distribution system reliability and safety.
• On a continuous basis, know and understand operations and observe safety rules; intermittently analyze problems in the system; identify and locate system issues; interpret work assignments; remember tasks and daily assignments; and explain system issues to other staff.
• On a continuous basis, sit at desk/work station for long periods of time; intermittently, twist and reach office equipment; write or use keyboard to communicate through written means; orally give instructions to field staff; and lift and carry weight of 10 pounds or less.
• Read electric transmission and distribution maps and drawings.
• Read and interpret gages, charts, instruments and other measuring devices to monitor the system.
• Maintain logs and operations records.
• Work assigned shifts, holidays, and week-ends; be available for callback.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Experience and Training
Three years of journey level experience in design, maintenance or operation of an electric utility transmission and distribution system.
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in electrical or an electronics field.
License and Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.
1. Your responses to question 2-3, the applicant’s education, training and experience, will be scored using a pre-determined formula. Your responses to these questions must be consistent with your employment application information. This experience must also be described in the “Work Experience" section of this application. Responses to the supplemental questionnaire that are inconsistent from your “Work Experience” section in the application will not be scored. I understand and agree with the above instructions.
2. How many years of journey level experience do you have in design, maintenance or operation of an electric utility transmission and distribution system?
Less than 3 years
3. Please list any specialized training you have in electrical or the electronics field.
4. Please describe what a S.C.A.D.A system is. Describe your training and experience operating a S.C.A.D.A system(s).
5. Please describe your Dispatching experience responding to unscheduled power outages; what were your responsibilities?
6. How do you determine the power restoration priorities?
7. Please define a “line clearance”. What role does an Electric Dispatcher provide in a line clearance process?
All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will have their application scored in a Formula Rate Examination. The applicant’s experience and education will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the Employment List. Supplemental questions will be utilized by the department hiring authority to make interview and selection determinations. Please note that applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be required to respond to an online Criminal Conviction Questionnaire sent via e-mail. Failure to respond to this questionnaire within (5) five calendar days of the e-mail notification will result in your application not being considered further. Final appointment is contingent upon a check of past employment references, passing a City-paid fingerprint check and depending on position applied for a pre-employment medical exam and a drug and alcohol screening test.
THE CITY OF ROSEVILLE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. IF YOU REQUIRE AN ACCOMMODATION DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT AT LEAST 5 WORKING DAYS BEFORE A SCHEDULED INTERVIEW/EXAMINATION PROCESS. MEDICAL DISABILITY VERIFICATION MAY BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO ACCOMMODATION.
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