Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Operators in Little Rock, Arkansas

This job was posted by : For more information, please see: Operators work as a team to ensure that system operations functions in a reliable manner. Operators are tasked with acquiring the experience necessary to make timely decisions that concern real time operation of a dynamic state bulk electric system as well as facilitate customer interactions with various transmission service offerings and real-time ancillary service markets under the SPP transmission tariff. In the event of a system emergency, the incumbent must solve complex problems by analyzing the useful and separating the irrelevant or misleading information. Unusual actions are to be reviewed with their Shift Supervisor. Operators are required to work a rotating shift and this adds to the inherent stress/fatigue associated with operating a dynamic power system. Essential Functions: Essential FunctionsSenior Operator should be qualified to work two of the following three desks, RTBM/RUC, Balancing, and Reliability Coordination or have the ability to be qualified within 6 months.Operator III should be qualified to work the RTBM/RUC desk and be qualified to work one of the following desks (Reliability Coordination or Balancing) or have the ability to be qualified within 6 months. On a continuous around-the-clock basis, the Operator has responsibility for the following:RTBM/RUC DeskRTBM case setup and approval. This includes choosing the correct offsets to enter in the positive and negative direction, and approving the case that ensures operation within the appropriate regulation band. These cases will be approved every 5 minutes.Review generation commitments, dispatch, load forecasts.Interchange schedule control, verification that Market System NSI matches EMS NSI. Monitor and report problems with the Market System, initiate Market holds as needed.Assisting market participants with resource plan changes as required.Verify unit trips via phone call to Market Participant/Generator Operator and relay information to CBA/RUC operator for reserve sharing events. Verify real-time outages are present in Control Room Operating Window (CROW).Help monitor and identify minimum generation situation with Reliability Unit Commitment and Balancing Operator.Performs intraday Reliability Unit Commitment studies to ensure SPP maintains adequate generation and reserves to meet changing obligations, due to unit trips, load forecast errors, and other changing system conditions. Maintains SPP Current Operating Plan Reliability Coordination Desk Monitor bulk transmission equipment maintenance/outage schedules.Monitor the Reliability Coordinator Information System (RCIS) and disseminate information.Communicate time error corrections and GMD notifications.Provide congestion management for SPP RC footprint utilizing available tools in accordance with NERC standards.Determine and initiate the proper emergency action as well as notify and communicate with other entities and SPP Staff in accordance with regional and NERC proceduresIssue short supply and weather advisories. Balancing DeskMonitors and maintains SPP ACE.Monitor tie-line and generation SCADA points, making adjustments as required.Verification of hourly meter accumulated tie-line values.Monitor real time deployment of regulation.Determine and initiate the proper emergency action as well as notify and communicate with other entities and SPP Staff in accordance with regional and NERC proceduresChange scheduled frequency for time error corrections.Administer inadvertent payback schedules.Monitors deployment of Contingency Reserves in Real Time. Qualifications: Education Requirements: High School Diploma Experience RequirementsSr. Operator - Ten(10) years' of job related experience Operator III - Five (5) years' of job related ex perience (A bachelor's degree and/or time spent while in a responsible position on one or more of the SPP Operations desks is advantageous and may be considered for a portion of the minimum experience requirement)Professional Certification Requirements:NERC Reliability Coordinator Certification, or the ability to secure such certification within twelve months of employmentOther Requirements:Ability to work a rotating shift scheduleGood communication skills Motivation to take appropriate action when required Ability to make decisions with limited supervision. Ability to be a mentor to the younger operators.Ability to work with a broad spectrum of individuals with diverse interests when resolving problemsUnderstanding of and compliance with SPP Policies and Procedures Understanding of, compliance with NERC PoliciesPreferred:Knowledge of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) regionTransmission Operation or Reliability Coordination experienceBachelor's degree in a technical field, such as electrical engineeringKnowledge of SPP Criteria, SPP OATT, and Market Protocols, NERC Operating Policies, scheduling practices and pro forma tariff p