- 12-Oct-2021 to 29-Oct-2021 (CST)
- Owensboro, KY, USA
- Full Time
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Owensboro Municipal Utilities
Job Code: 026
Civil Service: Yes
Random Drug Screen: Yes
Residency Requirement: Yes
Reports To: T&D Operations System Supervisor
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The intent of this description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees on this job. Employees may be required or assigned other related activities, projects, or tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Under the moderate supervision of the T&D Operations System Supervisor, monitor and control the electrical transmission and distribution system equipment through operation and observation of the SCADA system. Has the authority under normal and emergency conditions to take or direct timely and appropriate real-time actions to protect the integrity of the T&D electric system and safety of general public without obtaining approval of higher-level personnel within the utility. This includes actions necessary up to and including shedding of firm load to prevent or alleviate operating security and safety conditions. Receives customer calls and dispatches emergency personnel as needed. Requires strong technical judgment and ability to analyze, organize and disseminate real-time information. Subject to 24-hour call and rotating shift.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Records customer information such as name, address, trouble or service to be rendered. Prepares work orders and customer service requests.
- Receives electrical, water and telecommunications complaint calls from the public and deals with customers in a pleasant and tactful manner.
- Maintains and reports system information including outages, weather, loading, radio, stand-by, projections and trouble reports.
- Assesses emergency situations and coordinates with the Delivery Duty Supervisor per prescribed guidelines. Calls in additional workforces during abnormal operating conditions.
- Takes outage reports by telephone, enters information into the Outage Management System (OMS) and completes necessary reports. Determines magnitude of outages and takes proper action to eliminate safety hazards, develops restoration plans, and minimizes any outage time. Assumes responsibility for recording and reporting outage indices.
- Monitors, records and dispatches all types of radio communications. Dispatches service personnel on outages and service problems while giving assistance locating trouble using OMS.
- Works with Engineering to monitor and control system power factor.
- Works with TVA (Reliability Coordinator), LGE/KU. (Balancing Authority), and (Generator Operator) to monitor power delivery.
- Coordinates direction from OMU's Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Authority, Generator Operator and Transmission Operator in a timely manner to support reliability of the Bulk Electric System.
- Works with Engineering to provide loading, balance, and power quality information on transmission and distribution system.
- Monitors SCADA system for operating conditions, performs system operations and records information as required.
- Monitors & Dispatches Electric, Water, & Telecommunications Crews.
- Performs SCADA system operations such as, turning off/on reclosers, tapchanger operation, and breaker controls. Monitors electric system information and takes corrective actions to prevent overloads on the electric system, and maintain proper system voltage.
- Updates current status of transmission and distribution map boards & other related maps and reference material.
- Analyzes and maintains operations logs for company and regulatory purposes and performs shift turnover communications.
- Controls the activities of the electrical transmission and distribution system by writing switching schedules and directing switching during emergency situations. Also responsible for preparing switching schedules requested by other Delivery Supervisors on a daily basis, arranging clearance for construction, maintenance, and testing on the OMU system.
- Requires knowledge and understanding of the NERC functional model and reliability standards.
- Must have or be able to obtain and maintain appropriate NERC Operator certifications within 12 months of accepting role.
- Prepares OMU system load forecast as required and transmits to all required regulatory agencies.
- Maintains and compiles yearly, monthly, and daily call-out log.
- Monitors security for after-hours at Delivery and Customer Service Center buildings and reports Electric System sabotage events to appropriate contacts.
- Interprets trends, disturbances and operations to determine impact on interconnected systems, probable cause and restoration or corrective actions.
- Coordinates after hours call-out for service reconnects through Customer Service Center.
- Adhere to all governmental safety codes and company standards. Completes all training in a timely manner.
- Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
High school or GED, plus specialized schooling and/or on the job education in a specific skill area; e.g. data processing, clerical/administrative, equipment operation, etc., plus 4 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to effectively communicate information and respond to questions in person-to-person and small group situations with customers, clients, general public and other employees of the organization.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Ability to utilize common sense understanding in order to carry out written, oral or diagrammed instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving several known variables in situations of a routine nature.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Ability to obtain and maintain NERC System Operator Certification at an electric utility is required. Certification in line training at an electric utility.
PREFERRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
SOFTWARE SKILLS REQUIRED
Advanced: Contact Management
Basic: Alphanumeric Data Entry, Spreadsheet, Word Processing/Typing
INITIATIVE AND INGENUITY
Under general supervision where standard practice enables the employee to proceed alone on routine work, referring all questionable cases to supervisor.
Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work; may also occasionally assist in the planning of work assignments performed by others within a limited area of operation.
Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and also frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance; the latter of which would affect the work operations of other employees and/or clientele to a moderate degree.
Very close mental demand. Operations requiring very close and continuous attention for control of operations which require a high degree of coordination or immediate response. Operations requiring intermittent direct thinking to determine or select the most applicable way of handling situations regarding the organization's administration and operations; also to determine or select material and equipment where highly variable sequences are involved.
ANALYTICAL ABILITY / PROBLEM SOLVING
Directed. Supervisory and/or professional skills using structured practices or policies and directed as to execution and review. Interpolation of learned things in moderately varied situations where reasoning and decision-making are essential.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR WORK OF OTHERS
Responsibility for work of others: Not indicated.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR FUNDS, PROPERTY and EQUIPMENT
Regularly responsible for funds, building premises, inventory, or other property owned, controlled, or leased by the organization and, in addition, may have temporary custody and responsibility of patron property, which through carelessness, error, loss, theft, misappropriation, or similar action would result in very important monetary losses to the organization. The total value for the above would range from $1,000,000 to $10,000,000.
Probable errors would not likely be detected until they reached another department, office or patron, and would then require considerable time and effort to correct the situation. Frequently, possibility of error that would affect the organization's prestige and relationship with the public to a limited extent, but where succeeding operations or supervision would normally preclude the possibility of a serious situation arising as a result of the error or decision.
FREEDOM TO ACT
Directed. Freedom to complete duties as defined by wide-ranging policies and precedents with mid to upper-level managerial oversight.
ANNUAL MONETARY IMPACT
The amount of annual dollars generated based on the job's essential duties / responsibilities. Examples would include direct dollar generation, departmental budget, proper handling of organization funds, expense control, and savings from new techniques or reduction in manpower.
Very small. Job creates a monetary impact for the organization up to an annual level of $100,000.
IMPACT ON END RESULTS
Moderate impact. Job has a definite impact on the organization's end results. Participates with others in taking action for a department and/or total organization.
Regular contacts with patrons, either within the office or in the field. May also involve occasional self-initiated contacts to patrons. Lack of tact and judgment may result in a limited type of problem for the organization.
Contacts of considerable importance within the department or office, such as those required in coordination of effort, or frequent contacts with other departments or offices, generally in normal course of performing duties. Requires tact in discussing problems and presenting data and making recommendations, but responsibility for action and decision reverts to others.
USE OF MACHINES, EQUIPMENT AND/OR COMPUTERS
Occasional use of highly complex machines and equipment; specialized or advanced software programs.
Normal working conditions as found within an office setting, wherein there is controlled temperature and a low noise level, plus a minimum of distractions.
The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.
Semi-repetitive, low physical. Semi-repetitive type work which requires periods of concentration for varied time cycles as prescribed by the tasks.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously required to talk or hear; regularly required to sit; frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms; and occasionally required to stand, walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; color vision; and ability to adjust focus.
Knowledge and Abilities
Maintains a thorough knowledge of construction and maintenance of overhead and underground distribution and transmission lines, National Electric Code (NEC), and the National Electric Safety Code (NESC). Must have thorough knowledge of electric substation design, operation, and maintenance. Must be thoroughly familiar with policies relative to service connections. Must be familiar with all OMU personnel and Departments. Must be able to read and interpret electronic mapping system and be familiar with the entire OMU service area. Must have the ability to use office equipment efficiently and be able to operate the radio system, SCADA system, ACS Outage System, Customer Information System (CIS), and learn specialized computer software packages quickly. Must have the ability to calmly explain OMU policies and procedures to customers. Must have the ability to work under pressure during major outages and accurately communicate messages in emergency situations. Must attend courses related to work, including successful completion of required training to obtain NERC Operator Certification. Ability to diplomatically handle a variety of customer relation issues. Completion of Classification Competency Training and First-aid/CPR certification required.
Four years technical or utility experience necessary. Ability to obtain and maintain NERC System Operator Certification at an electric utility is required. Certification in line training at an electric utility, 30 semester hours at an accredited college with electricity courses, a trade school classification in electricity or electronics, or the equivalent of line technician duties at a utility
can be substituted for four year technical experience.