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System Operations Engineer

Topeka, KS

Job ID: 38897 Industry: Energy/Oil/Gas/Utilities/Nuclear Pay Rate: $65 - $85k
This role will provide engineering and operational support for system operations and will be responsible for the following duties as outlined:

Support the department mission to provide safe and reliable electric service, provide great service to all department customers, and conduct the department's business with a high level of professionalism.

Improve operator tools and operations processes:

Enhance, monitor and maintain Energy Management System (EMS) features, operator tools, operator displays, and training simulator programs utilizing feedback from management, peers and operators.
Manage the implementation of new System Operator tools and coordinate resolution of issues associated with existing tools.
Develop, review, and recommend changes to operational policies, and normal, contingency, and emergency procedures and directives to ensure efficient and effective operations.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with NERC certified System Operators, Regional Transmission Organization staff, maintenance schedulers, field personnel, power plant personnel, and energy trading personnel to optimize transmission operations, generation operations, outage coordination, and real-time situational awareness.
Assist Transmission System Operators with the development and review of switching procedures for maintenance and construction jobs, particularly for jobs involving temporary facilities, jumpers or hot-line work.
Develop and implement operations performance metrics that drive continuous improvement and success, including the performance of department self-audits of key performance indicators.
Support the department by assisting the System Operations Manager(s) and providing support during their absence:

Act as a Subject Matter Expert and help determine operations and compliance strategies to support NERC Compliance including participation during NERC Audits.
Apply Human Performance Improvement fundamentals and event investigation techniques in a continuous improvement culture.
Support Operations Training in the continuous development and administration of the Generation and Transmission System Operator Training Program to meet NERC requirements and maintain System Operator Certification.
Participate in various SPP Working Groups or Task Forces and North American Transmission Forum Practice Groups to determine appropriate improvement opportunities and drive improvement implementation.
Review and submit projects for future transmission and substation additions to ensure operational compatibility and proper construction sequencing to minimize system impacts.
Periodically review, enhance, and communicate changes to the Outage Coordination process and associated software.

Perform outage coordination studies using State Estimator and Contingency Analysis applications and coordinate with operators, schedulers and field personnel to support efficient maintenance and construction projects.
Develop a working knowledge of Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) market rules including unit offers, unit commitment, unit dispatch, and curtailment and congestion management.
Coordinate with energy trading personnel regarding generating unit maintenance schedules as required to support transmission system operations.
Maintain and report transmission equipment outage statistics.

- Raise in pay with qualifications
- Fantastic benefits package
Electrical background; any Nukes
- Mentored by a placed BMI candidate - Strong Industry - Job stability

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