Job: Transmission System Operator Trainee

Title Transmission System Operator Trainee
Categories Un-Classified
Title of Position Transmission SO Trainee, Asst. Supt.
Pay Range $6666.67 to $7333.33 monthly depending on experience
Effective Date 2015-07-30
Purpose of Position


This is an unclassified (exempt) position training to perform system operation duties for the Transmission System Operation Department of the Grand River Dam Authority as required by SPP, NERC and FERC requirements to maintain the reliability of the Bulk Electric System.



  • Complete an 18 month Operator In Training (OIT) program or required training depending on proven background knowledge.
  • Trained for complying with the NERC reliability standards.
  • Trained to regulate balancing area; voltage, frequency, and transmission line loading by Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) computer.
  • Trained to reconcile energy accounting and inadvertent interchange with other balancing authorities at regular intervals.
  • Trained to calculate system loads and next-day forecast and conducts contingency analysis to avoid exceeding system operating limits.
  • Trained to supervise the restoration of service following an interruption through SCADA and manual switching of equipment by dispatching generation and/or transmission field personnel to remote switching stations to isolate damaged lines or equipment.
  • Trained to review, coordinate and arrange the clearance and restoration of high voltage transmission lines, substations, transformers, and generation units through switching procedures while ensuring the safety of field personnel and the reliability of the Bulk Electric System.
  • Trained to monitors system alarms through SCADA, TSM-8000, and Hydro Events Loggers and responds accordingly.
  • The ability to work rotating 12 hour shifts including holidays, weekends, and overtime as needed
  • Special tasks as assigned






  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in an electrical field from an accredited college or university and/or equivalent electrical industry experience.
  • Current NERC certification as a Balancing, Interchange & Transmission Operator or a Reliability Coordinator or the ability to acquire within 6 months
  • The ability to learn to operate SCADA computer equipment related to the operation of a NERC-Certified Energy Control Center.
  • Functional competency with personal computers; prefer experience with Excel and Word and must possess and demonstrate excellent writing and composition skills.
  • The ability to work in a team environment.
  • The ability to maintain the necessary NERC certification


Work is performed primarily at the Kerr Energy Control Center near Locust Grove, Oklahoma.



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