Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: IRC39465
Responsible for providing direct technical support to control center personnel. Perform power flows, transient stability, and contingency analyses to identify transmission constraints during planned and forced outages. Assists in the areas of operational real-time load and generation forecasting. Responsible for the maintenance of crucial advanced applications software associated with the Tri-State Energy Management System (EMS). This includes Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Automatic Generation Control (AGC) functionality, State Estimator (SE) software, Contingency Analysis and Security Analysis (CA/SA), and the Operator Training Simulator (OTS). Special applications such as the Generation Plant Allocator integration are also in the scope of this position. This position also requires the creation of real-time power system calculations. This position is tasked with authority and responsibility to comply with all applicable NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) standards and Regional Entity Reliability Standards.
Note: There is one position available, and the position will be filled at one of four job grade levels: Grid Operation Specialist I, job grade NB20; Grid Operations Specialist II, job grade NB22; Grid Operations Specialist III, job grade NB23 and Senior Grid Operations Specialist, job grade NB24. 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 including compressed work week and telecommuting opportunities to work remotely up to 50%, Life Insurance, 401K, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.
Senior Grid Operations Specialist
Hiring Salary Range: $112,000-$140,000
Grid Operations Specialist III
Hiring Salary Range: $102,000-$128,000
Grid Operations Specialist II
Hiring Salary Range: $93,000-$116,000
Grid Operations Specialist I
Hiring Salary Range: $76,000-$96,000
Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring salary range based upon work experience, education, and/or skill level.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsible for performing real-time contingency analyses for forced and planned outages.
Performing next-day and real-time power flow and transient stability analyses.
Support the entire suite of Tri-State advanced network applications including the SE, CA/SA, OTS, AGC, and Generating Plant Output Allocators.
Ensure high quality and accurate network application solutions, achieved by tuning the network model and correcting issues with real-time telemetry, model parameters, and other appropriate measures.
Interface with the EMS functional area regarding state estimator, contingency analysis, real-time model, and training simulator.
Assist in the development of the specifications, related software and hardware, and documentation for the training simulator.
Coordinate Transmission System Operations needs with Power Marketing, Transmission Maintenance, Transmission Engineering, and Transmission Planning functional areas.
Maintain the transmission line data catalog for Transmission System Operation's needs.
Develop and maintain historical records regarding transformer and line loadings to be shared with Transmission Planning and Transmission Engineering to target equipment that may need to be replaced.
Represent Transmission System Operations in pre-construction meetings, LGIA (Large Generator Interconnection Agreement) and LGIP (Large Generator Interconnection Procedures) meetings, new projects meetings and other related meetings.
Provide input and approval in the development, implementation and maintenance of Transmission System Operations Procedures, Standing Orders, Sabotage Reporting, and other documents, guidelines and procedures within Transmission System Operations.
Responsible for assisting and directing emergency evacuation training to ensure continued reliable operations in the event the primary transmission control center becomes inoperable.
Assist and direct the Outage Coordinators in the daily RC/BA (Reliability Coordinator/Balancing Authority) update calls as required in NERC Standard TOP-003.
Analyze transmission system failures and work with other Tri-State support personnel to identify corrective actions and implement changes as necessary. This includes extensive coordination with Tri-State System Metering, Maintenance, EMS, and Transmission System Operations Personnel.
Coordinate load shedding plans with the BA's and RC's as identified in NERC Standard EOP-003.
Establish SOLs (System Operating Limit) as directed by the RC to ensure consistency with the RC's SOL methodology. (FAC-014)
Assist and direct the on-going review and modifications to the emergency operation plans and procedures to ensure the adherence to NERC standards.
Coordinate Tri-State G&T operational and next day studies with neighboring utilities and RC's.
Assist in developing a strategy for optimizing asset utilization in an open market.
Take a leading role in the Transmission System Operator Training Program coordinating Regional Black Start Drills and other special training requirements.
Participate on NERC/WECC/RC committees as necessary.
Participate in the NERC and WECC audits, as required.
Responsible for serving as Acting Operations Support Manager as required.
Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures and attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of regulations, laws, standards, and best practices applicable to functional area.
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.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering discipline required.
Possess NERC Certification or the ability to become NERC Certified.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Knowledge of engineering principles and practices applicable to Transmission System Operations.
Experience of performing power flow studies using PSSE and/or PSLF software.
Basic knowledge of protection system.
Working knowledge of State Estimation theory.
Working knowledge of real-time power systems applications software including Power Flow, AGC, and SE.
Working knowledge of client/server systems, personal computers, computer peripherals, computer architecture, computer networks, and Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) equipment.
Working knowledge of multi-user shared database environments.
Working knowledge of digital and analog SCADA circuitry, SCADA communications, data links, testing and measuring equipment.
Working knowledge of contract administration.
Working knowledge of FERC Order 888 and 889 and the Standards of Conduct.
Ability to develop a working knowledge of FERC Order 890.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Working knowledge of Tri-State's service area desired.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Extensive knowledge of an interconnected electrical system.
Eight (8) years of progressive electric utility experience and current NERC Certification.Note:The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior Grid Operations Specialist. Those with less experience will be hired at the Grid Operations Specialist I, II or III job grade level, as appropriate.
Willingness to travel as required. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)
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 required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level and push/pull objects of varying weights, and lift up to ten pounds. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, or controls, talk and hear.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to a moderate level of noise. All of the duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office equipment.
About Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
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 1,500 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.