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Grid Operator or Senior Grid Operator - Portland, Oregon - #107689

Date: Jul 2, 2022

Location: Portland, Oregon, 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 and mentoring for all of the Grid Operators and 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 and reliable manner, including emergency operations and black start restoration.
  • Monitor and maintain bulk electric system equipment, transmission lines and paths within System Operating Limits, Interconnection Reliability 
  • Operating Limits, and schedule limits at all times, making schedule curtailments as necessary.
  • Monitor path loading and bus voltage for actual and potential limit violations.
  • Continuously monitor frequency, Area Control Error, interties, and other applicable values for indications of inadequate control performance and 
  • take corrective action as needed.
  • Monitor and direct normal and emergency switching of Main Grid facilities.
  • Maintain voltages at prescribed levels per the approved voltage schedule.
  • Monitor all alarms in the Areas of Responsibility and take action to correct alarm condition.
  • Monitor and Operate Remedial Action Schemes, Static VAR Systems, and phase shifters per established operating procedures.
  • Monitor actual interchange telemetry for errors and make corrections as necessary.
  • Monitor operation of the generation function and compliance monitoring guidelines within NERC/WECC reliability standards and procedures.
  • Monitor and adhere to Control Performance, Disturbance Control Standards and Operating
  • Reserve obligations at all times, updating the market as required.
  • Perform balancing functions as required to implement market and 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 and 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, and market modeling errors.
  • Monitor transmission constraints and verify transmission limits are correct in the market model by conforming of lines and corridors.
  • Make the required notifications of system conditions to the appropriate parties during normal and emergency situations.
  • Monitor WECC Unscheduled Flow Procedures and associated curtailment tools.
  • Interpret internal and external operational business issues and recommend solutions to management.
  • Operate in compliance with PacifiCorp internal Business Practices and Procedures.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Act as a lead/expert in the work group.  Mentor and train junior level operators.
  • Interpret internal and external business issues and recommend solutions or best practices to management.
  • Report, analyze, and track complex market operational issues.
  • Participate and 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: 107689
Company Code: PacifiCorp
Primary Location: Portland, Oregon
Department: Rocky Mountain Power
Schedule:  Full-time
Personnel Subarea: Non-exempt
Hiring Range: $95,800 - $129,800

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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