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Transmission System Operator

Company: Omaha Public Power District
Location: Omaha
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:


OPPDs Operations Department is looking for a Transmission System Operator to join their team! The Transmission System Operator (TSO) has the responsibility and authority to take or direct timely and appropriate real-time actions to maintain the integrity of the District's Transmission System under both normal and emergency conditions consistent with all NERC Interchange and Transmission Operator standards, SPP related criteria and procedures, and OPPD's company specific policies and procedures. The TSO has the authority to take or direct timely and appropriate real-time actions, including the shedding of firm load, to prevent or alleviate System Operating Limit or Interconnection Reliability Operating Limit violations. The TSO is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of OPPD's electric system by monitoring and coordinating the day-to-day operation of the Bulk Power System. The TSO shall also prepare or participate in the preparation of planned or scheduled transmission outages and coordinate switching operations performed on the Bulk Power System to ensure maximum continuity of electric service during scheduled outages. Specific accountabilities of this role include: Direct andensure the safe, reliable operation of the T&D System by analyzing and efficiently responding to electric system disturbances and interruptions to minimize quantity and duration of customer outage.

  • Exercise responsibility and authority to maintain system integrity and provide appropriate real-time responses that ensure compliance with all applicable NERC reliability standards, practices, and policies including but not limited to shedding of firm load and the utilization of EMS related Contingency Analysis applications.
  • Analyze short term outages, contingency analyses, power flows, operating guides, transmission circuit loading, and load balance/shifts in real-time to operate the system reliably.
  • Keep informed of load shedding procedures, interconnection agreements, and operating procedures that optimize the operation of the District's T&D electrical system using all available options.
  • Monitor and control the T&D Electric System to contribute to an Average System Availability Index of 99.98%.
  • Direct OPPD field personnel, and other available work force 24x7 to ensure compliance with the Hold Order System, Human Performance initiative, Grounding and Switching Procedures, etc. while efficiently ensuring service restoration, repairing District electric equipment, and responding to fire and police calls.
  • Develop, schedule, write, and coordinate planned switching operations that ensure the integrity and safe operation of the District's T&D system in compliance with NERC reliability standards, SPP operating procedures and criteria, Hold Order System, Grounding Procedures, Human Performance directives, etc.
  • Communicate and coordinate scheduled transmission switching between all regionally affected parties and within OPPD.
  • Coordinate all activities with operation of power plants, voltage control devices, transmission systems and interconnected utilities to ensure safe and efficient use of the transmission system in accordance with NERC and SPP operating procedures and criteria.
  • Authorize and direct the removal from service: substation, power plant, transmission equipment, and Energy Management System equipment.
  • Maintain required records, data, drawings, logs, reports and SCADA Displays by entering information into computer or by recording on proper form. This information is obtained from interconnected companies, power plants and switching personnel.
  • Provide timely, accurate system status information to Corporate Communications and other necessary Departments and Divisions.
  • Support Manager Transmission Operations and Lead Transmission Operations to ensure maximum continuity of electric service to customer-owners.


      • Transmission System Operator experience, or a minimum of three (3) years' experience at the journey level of a T&D Operations craft, engineering design, generation operations, or a related area.
      • An Associates or Bachelor's degree in engineering or technical field may be used in lieu of one to two years' experience.
      • NERC certification as a Balancing, Interchange and Transmission Operator (BIT) or Reliability Coordinator (RC) within 6 months of hire.
      • Leadership skills and the ability to make rapid, accurate and reliable decisions.
      • Above average written and oral communication skills and must be able to function under extremely stressful conditions on a daily basis for extended periods of time and perform in a calm, professional manner with all employees and customer owners.
      • Familiar with power system components, interconnected system operations, switching/operating procedures including one-line diagrams, generation control and control area concepts and techniques.
      • Personal computer literacy with common application programs (i.e. spreadsheet, word processor, E-mail, Internet browser). Desired:
          • Experience as a Transmission or Distribution System Operator or similar engineering operations experience
          • Active NERC certification in BI (Balancing & Interchange), BIT, or RC.
          • Experience with OPPD's OSI EMS and its OpenNET analysis application.
          • Experience with analysis of transmission flows, real-time and contingency analysis.

            Closing Statement

            Salary Grade: S6 Minimum $101,597 Midpoint $126,996 At Omaha Public Power District , we're passionate about three things: power, the people who make it, and the people who rely on it. WE ARE: Where the Light Starts. OPPD is the 12 th -largest public power utility in the U.S., serving over 850,000 people across 5,000 square miles and 13 counties. WE'RE COMMITTED TO: Each other and the people we serve. This commitment drives us. We're dedicated to providing our communities with affordable, reliable, and environmentally sensitive energy services today, tomorrow, and well into the future. OUR JOB: To provide power with a purpose. We have real impact - on people's lives, on the environment, and on the future of energy. We're always looking for bright, capable people who want an opportunity to lead from where you are wherever you are and know that your ideas will be heard. If you want to be a source of real, positive change for the community and the people who live in this region, then working for a company acknowledged for caring about these same things is likely a priority for you as well.

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            EOE: Protected Veterans/Disability

            How To Apply

            Apply online at on or before March 30, 2023. Recruiter: Athena Roberson -

            PLEASE NOTE - Your application has not been submitted unless you have applied for a specific requisition. If you have not chosen a specific opening, your application will remain in DRAFT form and will not be viewed by our Human Capital staff.

Keywords: Omaha Public Power District, Omaha , Transmission System Operator, Other , Omaha, Nebraska

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