The System Operator Apprentice is responsible, with limited or no supervision, for highly specialized work in operating the Cooperative’s electric system on 24x7 rotating shifts, complying with NERC and ERCOT reliability standards, writing and conducting switching orders, operating supervisory control equipment and keeping records of all related activities. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures; however the incumbent is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in the performance of each task. Emergency situations must be handled as they develop in a safe and expeditious manner with limited or no supervision. Work is reviewed for technical competence and compliance with established operating procedures.
Including the following (other duties may be assigned):
Accepts responsibility for the operation of the Cooperative’s electric system on assigned shift. Monitors and evaluates the condition of the energy delivery systems on a continuous basis, anticipating potential operating and loading problems; and implementing approved strategies to mitigate, or react to, adverse system conditions. Monitor and control the electric system insuring that applicable NERC and ERCOT compliance standards are met.
Evaluate and take action necessary to operate the energy delivery system in a safe, efficient, and reliable manner in accordance with normal and emergency procedures.
Receives, reviews, and assesses ongoing member service outage reports and directs field crews to safely expedite the restoration of service to all members, minimizing the scope of any system upset or service interruption, and limiting potential damage to utility infrastructure or public property.
Review requests for planned and emergency electric equipment outages, analyzes their effect on system reliability, and under supervision writes the switching order and executes the switching procedure.
Maintains continuous circuit diagrams and records of the status of all switches and other electric equipment, or work in progress and other information crucial to the safe operation of the system.
Coordinates with LCRA System Operators on all transmission outages requests.
Maintains a clear and detailed chronological record log of all activities on the electric system including documentation of system conditions, clearances, hot line orders, radio communications, telephone communications, breaker operations, and other pertinent information and conditions.
Keeps all files, maps, and other records organized and in compliance with the Cooperative’s record management and retention guidelines.
Responds to member outages, directs field crews to inspect and report on problems, maintains records of outages and analyzes the effect of outages on system reliability.
Acts as a liaison between BEC office personnel and field service technicians regarding information relevant to the completion of field services. Operates all automated systems designed to enhance the efficiency of the System Control Center function.
Ensures system operation is in compliance to the National Electrical Safety Code and other applicable codes and regulations.
Notifies supervisor of major outages or other problems requiring additional attention. Make recommendations for resolution of the issue as appropriate.
Completes special assignments, projects, or other work as directed.
Prepare and distribute miscellaneous reports as required and ensure that all reports are timely compiled and delivered to the immediate supervisor.
Cordially and efficiently handle and assist others in dealing with member/employee questions and complaints.
A high school diploma or equivalent.
Approximately Two (2) years of experience in electric utility transmission / distribution system operations including extensive experience with normal and emergency restoration procedures, transmission and distribution switching and clearance procedures, engineering work related to the design and/or analysis of electric transmission and distribution systems, or construction and maintenance of electric substations and/or associated electric system protective devices.
An equivalent combination of education and experience that is directly related to the foregoing specific requirements may be substituted.
Must have valid Texas driver’s license and related insurance.
About Bandera Electric Cooperative
Bandera Electric Cooperative proudly distributes electricity to more than 27,000 members and more than 35,000 active meters across seven counties in Central Texas. Roughly 110 employees operate and maintain more than 4,600 miles of power lines.
BEC's mission is to enhance the quality of life by providing highly reliable electric and other related services, that are valued by our members, at the lowest possible cost.
As a cooperative, we are locally owned and operated by the members we serve. BEC is democratically governed by a board of directors elected by our members to represent their voice in the business of the cooperative. The board ensures the cooperative is legally and ethically run according to its bylaws and code of ethics.