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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
41.32 - 61.67 Per Hour
Wenatchee, Washington
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent

System Operators (Trainee – Senior)

 *Applicants MUST apply online at WWW.CHELANPUD.ORG. Click the Job Opportunities link under Careers and select job number 11338. Read full job description details including application instructions, minimum requirements for each level and APPLY from our website.

Although the position is Open until Filled, applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review date is scheduled for January 7, 2019, and thereafter as needed until filled.



If applying for this position, a RESUME and COVER LETTER are required.  To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one WORD or PDF document (we do not accept .wps documents) and upload when requested through the online application process.

1. In your Resume, describe your related experience, skills, applicable education and/or training relevant to this position.

2. In your cover letter, address each of the specific topics below (A – M).  Detail your experience and/or background for each of the following topics. If there are areas for which you do not have familiarity, indicate “none” next to that topic.

 A. Interest or experience in working in System Operations

 B. Monitoring system conditions

 C. Regulating system parameters

 D. Clearances

 E. Outage coordination

 F. Operation of SCADA/AGC systems

 G. WECC, NERC, NWPP regulations

 H. Dispatching

 I. Switching

 J. Electrical theory

 K. Rotating shifts

 L. Computers and software applications

 M. Identify specific experience in transmission, distribution, generation or a related field.


Incomplete materials/information will not be considered.


CONTRACT RATE  $41.32 -- $61.67 per hour (DOE).

This job will be filled at varying levels (System Operator in Training, System Operator or Senior System Operator - based on experience, knowledge, skills and abilities of incumbent). Work responsibilities and differences between levels are defined below.


General Position Purpose:

This is a twelve-hour rotating shift environment for 24x7 operations. The System Operator in Training is a learning position whereas the System (and Senior System) Operators act as primary authority for real time operation of the electrical system including generation, transmission and distribution facilities.


The System (and Senior System) Operators perform power dispatching duties and switching as necessary for the safe, efficient, reliable and secure operation of the District’s Balancing Authority Area, river system and distribution system. Dispatching duties shall include monitoring of system conditions, regulation of system parameters, issuing of clearances, outage coordination, system logging and operation of the District’s SCADA/AGC systems. Monitors and responds to alarms for water and wastewater. This includes directing appropriate staff members to investigate situations. Provides on-the-job training and leadership for System Operators and System Operators in Training. Where switching and clearance procedures are concerned, this position is mandated by state safety law.


System Operator in Training:

Train to operate, monitor and control the Districts Bulk Electric System.  Works under the direction of the System Operations & Coordination Manager, Senior System Operator or System Operator.  Responsible for learning the real time operation of the District's bulk power and Distribution systems.


System Operator:

Working under the direction of the Sr. System Operator, the System Operator shall work on shift and to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience needed to advance to Senior System Operator, and help direct the work of any System Operators in Training.


Senior System Operator:

The Senior System Operator shall work on shift and assume responsibility for the shift including directing work, providing on-the-job training and leadership for System Operator and/or System Operator in Training.


QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


System Operator in Training:

Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


System Operator:

Same as System Operator in Training plus must have successfully completed all necessary classes, training and tests, including the System Operator Training Program and any industry or regulatory certifications.

Senior System Operator:

Same as System Operator plus required to successfully complete District administered Senior System Operator test within required timeframe.



System Operator in Training:

Typically requires three (3) year's employment as a District employee or the equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge skills and abilities. This is typically represented by experience in or support of transmission, distribution and generation or a related field.

System Operator:

In addition to the System Operator in Training experience, this position requires a well-rounded electrical background with expertise in switching and operation of the generation, transmission and distribution system.


Language Skills:

Candidate must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.  Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is desired.


Chelan PUD is an EO M/F/Disability/Vet Employer and values diversity at all levels of the organization.




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