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Senior Grid Operator - Portland, Oregon - 105289

Date: May 13, 2021

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97216

Company: PacifiCorp

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PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Purpose


Exercise unilateral authority for ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the bulk electric system (transmission and generation) under normal, emergency and black start conditions, complying with the NERC and WECC reliability standards.  Act as a lead/expert in the work group.  Identify business issues and recommends solutions to management.  This position is expected to operate any of the disciplines (Transmission Operator, Balance & Interchange, and Energy desks) as assigned.


Provide training & mentoring for all of the Grid Operators & able to contribute to the safe and reliable operation of all of the disciplines (Transmission Operator, Balance & Interchange, and Energy desks) as listed below:


  • Independently operate the PacifiCorp transmission system in a safe & reliable manner, including emergency operations & black start restoration.
  • Monitor & maintain bulk electric system equipment, transmission lines & paths within System Operating Limits, Interconnection Reliability 
  • Operating Limits, & schedule limits at all times, making schedule curtailments as necessary.
  • Monitor path loading & bus voltage for actual & potential limit violations.
  • Continuously monitor frequency, Area Control Error, interties, & other applicable values for indications of inadequate control performance & take corrective action as needed.
  • Monitor & direct normal & emergency switching of Main Grid facilities.
  • Maintain voltages at prescribed levels per the approved voltage schedule.
  • Monitor all alarms in the Areas of Responsibility & take action to correct alarm condition.
  • Monitor & Operate Remedial Action Schemes, Static VAR Systems, & phase shifters per established operating procedures.
  • Monitor actual interchange telemetry for errors & make corrections as necessary.
  • Monitor operation of the generation function & compliance monitoring guidelines within NERC/WECC reliability standards & procedures.
  • Monitor & adhere to Control Performance, Disturbance Control Standards & Operating
  • Reserve obligations at all times, updating the market as required.
  • Perform balancing functions as required to implement market & transmission schedules (e-Tag approvals, OASIS requests, actual/scheduled/inadvertent interchange confirmations).
  • Perform energy imbalance market functions as required (monitor generating unit performance, adjusting/blocking ties, review availability of regulations & ability to meet the load, evaluating equipment outages, adjusting load for dispatch intervals).
  • Implement Manual Dispatch as needed for projected resource changes on congestion, software problems, system reliability issues, & market modeling errors.
  • Monitor transmission constraints & verify transmission limits are correct in the market model by conforming of lines & corridors.
  • Make the required notifications of system conditions to the appropriate parties during normal & emergency situations.
  • Monitor WECC Unscheduled Flow Procedures & associated curtailment tools.
  • Interpret internal & external operational business issues & recommend solutions to management.
  • Operate in compliance with PacifiCorp internal Business Practices & Procedures.
  • Establish & maintain effective work relationships with internal & external contacts.
  • Act as a lead/expert in the work group.  Mentor & train junior level operators.
  • Interpret internal & external business issues & recommend solutions or best practices to management.
  • Report, analyze, & track complex market operational issues.
  • Participate & represent the company in industry meetings.



  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years of experience as a Grid Operator, System Operator, Electric Dispatcher, or in a related field.
  • NERC Certified System Operator
  • Expert knowledge of distribution and transmission systems, the established practices and procedures of those systems.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work as a team member and to clearly communicate approved actions.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work under limited direction.
  • Proficient with the use of personal computers including spreadsheet, database, word processing, presentation applications, and SCADA/EMS systems.
  • Ability to train and mentor junior grid operators



  • Strong knowledge of NERC policies and procedures.
  • NERC Certified System Operator
  • Experience in the operation of transmission systems, balance and interchange, and energy imbalance markets in the Western Interconnection (WECC).

Additional Information


Req ID: 105289 
Company Code: PacifiCorp
Primary Location: Portland, Oregon 
Department: Pacific Power 
Schedule: Full-time 
Personnel Subarea: Exempt 
Hiring Range: 108,200 - 127,300 


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.

At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.  


It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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