Engineering Systems Operator

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An Engineering Systems Operator is needed for a contract opportunity in Roanoke, VA to assist, with instruction, in the efficient operation of the transmission system. Coordinate operation of the transmission system with the appropriate Reliability Coordinator or Distribution Dispatching Centers/Authorities, and Transmission Control Centers/Authorities (both internal and external to the client).


Schedule: Shift work, see below a sample work schedule of one of the working teams. The expectation is that after an initial straight day (M-F 0800-1630) training period, the contractors will be placed on a team. Shift work hours will be 12-hour days 6 am to 6 pm or nights 6 pm to 6 am. Some days will be 8 hours during Training and Relief weeks.

Rotating schedule:
40 hour week
36 hour week
36 hour week
48 hour week
Off a week

Job designation is Onsite. Local candidates to Roanoke, VA or surrounding areas
Travel 5% site visits for training purposes.


Essential Functions:

  • Arrange, approve, and direct routine and emergency switching/tagging operations for equipment removal/restoration during maintenance, repair, replacement, and construction with limited instruction.
  • Receive, record, and maintain logs of operating conditions.
  • Monitor system voltages, transformer/line/equipment loadings and in concert with the SCC, apply corrective action when these parameters deviate from equipment ratings and/or operating limits.
  • Monitor the operation of metering and communication facilities and initiate corrective action upon malfunction.
  • Assist in monitoring and regulating system voltage levels, real and reactive power flows for the transmission system at all transmission voltage levels in cooperation with directives of the SCC.
  • Assist in the real-time operation of the transmission system in coordination with the SCC and appropriate neighboring utilities.
  • Assist in the real-time operation of distribution equipment inside the station fence in coordination with regional distribution dispatch centers.
  • Prepare basic switching orders listing the switching steps and safety tagging to be carried out for the removing of equipment from service for maintenance, repair, or construction, ensuring the safety of the public, Company equipment, Company personnel and contract personnel.
  • Assist in directing switching operations under emergency conditions. Plan and direct actions to quickly, safely and effectively restore equipment and customers to service.
  • Maintain a log of events and transactions relative to the operation of the facilities and equipment.
  • Observe and assist in operating the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System and associated functions.
  • Monitor the operation of metering and communications facilities and report malfunctions to proper personnel for corrective action.
  • Monitor the weather information system for severe weather and notify proper personnel.
  • Acknowledging and inputting records of station entry/exit activity.


  • Two-year technical degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or related field. OR High School and 2 years experience in a position that demonstrates the ability to operate a power system. (Qualified experience will be determined by the BU).
  • One year experience in substation operation, protective relaying, or distribution dispatching is desired.
  • Must maintain NERC certification at the Transmission Operator (TOP) or Reliability Coordinator (RC) level and a PJM Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) certification and credentials associated with client memberships.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license.
  • Must pass System Operator/Power Dispatching (SO/PD II) test to qualify.
  • Ability to work under pressure during periods of critical system conditions and to deal with diverse situations simultaneously.
  • Ability to analyze information and communicate instructions clearly and concisely.
  • Work on a twelve-hour uninterrupted rotating shift schedule that consists of nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must have the ability to report timely to worksite due to emergency events.
  • This position may entail some travel and exposure to hazardous situations, which require a thorough knowledge and use of safety procedures.
  • Must have the ability to effectively and professionally deal with co-workers and customers.
  • Must complete all required training and testing in established time frames by the Company to advance to the next higher classification within the line of progression or vacate the current classification.

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