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Company Name:
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Westminster, Colorado
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

System Operator Trainee (IRC27112)

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for gaining a comprehensive working knowledge of all aspects of System Operations through formal training courses, on-the-job training, field training and self-study. The training is to be completed within 28 months. The program is divided into two separate aspects of training, 20 months for Transmission system training, and 8 months for Reliability system training. The Trainee will work only under the direction of a qualified NERC Certified System Operator. Participates, under the direction of a NERC Certified System Operator, in daily routine or emergency operations of the power system. Learns the basic fundamentals of coal fired, combined cycle and combustion turbine generation to include terminology, characteristics and limitations. Gains a working knowledge of power scheduling, power contracts, and learn basic power marketing principles.

The job grade for this position is NB18.

Job Requirements


Education and Training

  • High school education or equivalent. Associate degree in electronics or electrical technology or equivalent. Completion of technical training/schooling such as military A school training, desirable. Working knowledge of algebra, geometry and basic principles of physics.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Ability to learn electrical and mechanical theory, AC and DC circuits and the fundamentals of power flow.
  • Must become NERC System Operator Certified prior to testing out of the Trainee Program to become a Transmission System Operator. Must maintain NERC System Operator Certification by obtaining the required continuing education hours.
  • Must be able to distinguish full range of colors; position duties involve the use of computer monitor which displays color-coded electric system diagrams.
  • Willingness to work rotating shifts.
  • Ability to use or learn computer terminal.
  • Ability to communicate, both orally and written.
  • Working knowledge of safety rules and equipment.
  • Ability to work under stress.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships.


  • Zero (0) to two and one half (2 1/2) years of related experience.


  • Willingness to travel as required. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)
  • Utility experience in power plant or field maintenance is desired or military equivalent.
  • Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.


  • None

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level and push/pull objects of varying weights, and lift up to ten pounds. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, or controls, talk and hear.
  • Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to a moderate level of noise. All of the duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office equipment.

Additional Details

All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site.

Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs.


Company Description

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., nearly 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.


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Tri-State: Join the people behind the power.  Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes medical, dental, retirement and life insurance.  Please visit our careers site at more details.

 Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

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