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American Transmission Company Electric Transmission Grid Operator in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Summary of Responsibilities:

Are you always at the ready? If so, ATC’s Electric Transmission Grid Operator role might be for you ! ATC is looking for operators with positive energy to monitor the electric transmission system and respond to system disturbances by taking real-time actions. Our operators identify potential electric transmission system challenges, develop corrective action plans and implement those plans as needed to maintain the reliability of the electric transmission system. Electric transmission operators also keep field workers safe by performing system switching to de-energize elements of the transmission system when maintenance is required.

ATC operators work a combination of 12-hour rotating shifts and 8-hour training days during a six-week rotation. ATC has an extensive Operator training program so whether you are an experienced operator or new to the industry ATC is interested in exploring your interest in joining the ATC team. ATC also offers on-site training to help you obtain and maintain your NERC certification.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Utilize the Energy Management System (EMS) to monitor, control and direct the safe, stable and reliable operation of substation and transmission facilities on the ATC electrical power system.

  • Operate the ATC electrical power system in compliance with the standards, procedures, and guidelines established by FERC, NERC, applicable RROs, MISO and ATC. Adhere to regulatory standards of conduct and confidentiality agreements.

  • Monitor all critical aspects of the ATC electric transmission system including, but not limited to: system load, frequency, transmission line status, real and reactive power flows, voltage levels, transformer tap positions and loadings, status of rotating and static reactive resources, etc. Make immediate and appropriate response to system disturbances including, analysis and corrective action in response to events, alarms, or indicators signaling the disturbances.

  • During normal, emergency and restoration conditions, exercise the primary authority and responsibility to direct and implement real time actions, including shedding firm load. This response, when necessary, must be taken without obtaining approval from higher level personnel within the company.

  • Communicate per ATC communication protocols with the Reliability Coordinator and other potentially affected parties (including Balancing Authorities, neighboring Transmission Operators, Generator Operators, Distribution Providers and Load Serving Entities) regarding conditions that could threaten the reliability of the Bulk Electric System or when firm load shedding is anticipated to ensure the stable and reliable operation of ATC’s transmission system.

  • Comply with Operating Instructions from the Reliability Coordinator (MISO) per ATC communication protocols.

  • Issue Operating Instructions, as necessary, to Interconnected Entities such as: Balancing Authorities, Generator Operators, Distribution Providers and Load Serving Entities per ATC communication protocols.

  • Obtain and maintain proficiency and understanding of the ATC Transmission Switching Clearance Procedure, work rules, and safety practices used in the applicable Control Center. Direct field-switching personnel for all switching on the ATC transmission system. Ensure switching is performed in a safe and reliable manner while arranging for the removal of lines for construction, maintenance, restoration of service, and installation of protective carding.

  • Ensure detailed records are maintained during shift and notify proper authorities of conditions needing their attention and in sufficient detail to satisfy various regulatory requirements (e.g. PSCW 113).

  • Perform, analyze and interpret system studies (including contingency analysis and power flows) during normal, emergency, and restoration conditions. Develop real time and contingent action plans from these studies.

  • Notify ATC Operations management during unusual system conditions or disturbances.

  • Assist in making decisions regarding planning, scheduling, and performing system work that may affect regional system reliability.

  • Coordinate and analyze transmission facility outage requests. Control and direct outage restoration efforts.

  • Develop and complete a personal annual training plan to maintain NERC certification and meet ATC’s operator training program requirements.

  • Perform other tasks, duties and projects as assigned.

  • May be called upon to serve before, during, and after a Transmission Emergency Response Plan (TERP) event; such event may require performing functions that are outside the scope of your regular job.

  • Demonstrate compliance with ATC’s Code of Conduct, all company policies and procedures, and all laws and regulations that govern ATC

  • Note: While in training, an individual who has not completed new operator training and passed all final assessments may not independently fill a required operating position. Trainees may at times perform critical tasks under the direct, continuous supervision and observation of the NERC certified individual filling the required position.

Certification:

Must be certified as a NERC Reliability Operator; Balancing, Interchange and Transmission Operator; or Transmission Operator or be able to obtain certification within 12 months of employment; the NERC certification must be maintained as a condition of employment at ATC. Must be trained and verified as capable of performing all reliability related job tasks identified as being performed by the ATC System Control Operators, prior to management authorization to operate independently.

Minimum Education

  • A two year technical degree in either Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology is required; equivalent experience will be considered.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or a related field is preferred.

Minimum Experience

  • 5+ years of work in the electrical utility industry is a plus. Strong technical and mathematical aptitude. Excellent communication, organization, decision-making, and follow-up skills are a must for success in this role. Must be able to work for long periods of time with minimal supervision.

Language Requirement

  • Must be fluent in the English language.

Physical Requirements

  • Job duties require ability to lift 10 to 20 lbs. Ability to operate a computer in an office environment.

  • Ability to hear in at least one ear (aid permitted). Must be able to see clearly in a typical office environment using typical business equipment (glasses/corrective lenses are acceptable). Ability to recognize different shades of colors.

Grades 23/25/28/31

Number of Openings Available:

1

Posting Date:

2021-07-30-07:00

Time Type:

Full time

Equal Opportunity Employer:

ATC is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to foster diverse teams of talented people working safely together. We respect and embrace diversity of all aspects and hire, train and promote employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, genetics, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage women, minorities, veterans and individuals with a disability to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any characteristic protected by law.

American Transmission Co. is a transmission-only electric utility that helps keep the lights on, businesses running and communities strong in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. As owner and operator of more than 9,530 miles of transmission lines and 530 substations, we help meet the electric needs of more than 5 million people in our service area.

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