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System Control Operator

Job IDoZHDlfwo-13084-4830
Date Posted2022-11-23
Job TypeFull-time
Job CategoryUtilities

Highlights of the job

We are hiring up to two (2) full-time, permanent Electrical System Control Operator positions out of Edmonton, AB. This position reports to the Manager, System Control Operations.

As an Electrical System Control Operator, you will be accountable for the safe and reliable operations of EPCOR's electrical systems in Edmonton and Ontario. You will play a vital role in maintaining the safety of field crews and the public. You will work closely with the Alberta Interconnected Electrical System (AIES) during planned and unplanned outages. System Control Operators respond to alarms, analyze service interruptions and restore the D&T System when abnormal power outages occur through the Advanced Distribution Management System.

This position is open to internal and external applicants.

What you would be responsible for

  • Ensuring the safety of field staff.
  • Ensuring compliance with communication protocols in line with AUC, ARS and EPCOR requirements.
  • Ensuring delivery of optimal results against key performance metrics.
  • The resolution of complex problems, system issues and system restoration strategies.
  • Ensuring safe, accurate and efficient operation of the electrical system and employees working on the system.
  • Responding to alarms on electrical distribution, transmission, and LRT systems within EPCORs service areas in Edmonton and Ontario.
  • Monitoring EPCOR's Electrical System in conjunction with AIES.
  • Monitoring and controlling Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) through the Distributed Energy Management System (DERMs).
  • Analyzing planned and unplanned service interruptions with field personnel.
  • Writing, checking, approving and executing switching orders to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the D&T System and the LRT.
  • Scheduling and coordinating switching for various areas such as aerial, underground, substation, generating plant and private customers.
  • Dispatching emergency crews as required to safely secure system problems.
  • Keeping management and other stakeholders informed of operational issues.
  • Ensuring compliance with emergency plans and reporting is completed per the requirements of ARS, EPCOR procedures and ISO rules.
  • Attending and passing training as per ARS requirements.

What's required to be successful

  • Grade 12 diploma or GED or equivalent is required.
  • Valid Journeyman Power System Electrician, Power Lineman Certificate or CET.
  • Ability to operate from the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS).
  • Capability to deal with highly complex problems and escalations.
  • Ability to process and cope with change through grid transformation.
  • Strong computer skills in automated control systems (OMS/DMS & DA).
  • Strong conflict management skills with an ability to work well in a small team environment.
  • Ability to complete the EPCOR System Control Operator Training Program (ESCOTP): 18 months - 24 months to complete.
  • Ability to complete the NERC Certification: Transmission Operator Certification: 6 months - 12 months to complete.
  • Ability to work on shift: 12-hour nights, days, weekends and statuary holidays.

Additionally, the following are valuable assets to the success of the candidate

  • NERC Certification: Transmission Operator Certification.
  • Awareness of the regulations of the Alberta Electrical and Communication Utility Code, in addition to having knowledge of electrical load limits.
  • Sound technical working knowledge of the distribution and transmission system and its interconnection with the AIES, which includes generation.
  • Solid knowledge in high voltage standards, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Alberta Electric Utility Code (AEUC).
  • Proven knowledge of Provincial Grid, Electric Utilities Code (EUC), PCB, First Aid/CPR, WHMIS and OHSA
  • Experience using WebDMD, FieldClient, validation and execution of switching orders and booking onto circuits.
  • Current working experience with EPCOR Electricity procedures.
  • Previous System Control Operator experience.

Other important facts about this job
Jurisdiction: IBEW
Class: SC1.8121
Wage: Starting at $61.27 per hour
Hours of work: 84 hours biweekly. Ability to work on shift: 12-hour nights, days, weekends and statuary holidays.

Application deadline: December 6, 2022 

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Please note the following information: 

  • A requirement of working for EPCOR is that you are at least 18 years of age, successfully attained a high school diploma (GED, or equivalent level of secondary education) and legally entitled to work in Canada. (A copy of a valid work permit may be required.)
  • If you are considered for the position, clearance on all applicable background checks (which may include criminal, identity, educational, and/or credit) and professional reference checks is required. Some EPCOR positions require an enhanced level of background assessment, which is dictated by law. These positions require advanced criminal record checks that must also be conducted from time to time after commencement of employment.
  • A technical/practical assessment may be administered during the selection process and this exercise will be used as a part of the selection criterion.
  • To meet the physical demands required of some positions, candidates must be in good physical condition and willing to work in all weather conditions. Clearance on pre-placement medical and drug and alcohol testing may be required.

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