Control the systems that generate, control the flow, and distribute electric power between power generation sites to substations and distribute to users/customers. Read charts, meters, and gauges to monitor voltage and electricity flows. Check equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems. Monitor complex controls and intricate machinery to ensure that everything is operating properly. Adjust controls to regulate the flow of power. Start or stop generators and other equipment as necessary. In exercising control, monitor and operate current converters, voltage transformers, and circuit breakers over a network of transmission and distribution lines. Prepare and issue switching orders to route electrical currents around areas that need maintenance or repair. Detect and respond to emergencies, such as transformer or transmission line failures, which can cause cascading power outages over the network. May work with plant operators to troubleshoot electricity generation issues.
Mechanical and analytical skills. Science, and math, especially algebra and trigonometry. Controlling and operating electrical power distribution. Microsoft Office. Job aids and procedures. Electrical theory and power flow. Analytical and problem-solving skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Once hired, long-term on-the-job training and technical instruction. Several years of onsite training and experience necessary to become fully qualified. Regular refresher training and updates.
HS diploma or equivalent. College or vocational school degree preferred (technical, math or science field)
0-2 years in power system operations, power production, control center, related energy operations, or technical field.
Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers who are in positions which could affect the power grid may need to be certified through the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) System Operator Certification Program. PJM or other ISO Certifications, as required, or ability to obtain within 6 months.
Position Reports To
Control Center Manager
Career path moves from this role
Senior Control Center Operator, Control Center Manager, Power Marketing, Performance Management