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System Operator

Job Description: 
System Operator - Nursery
Power Delivery
Full-Time, Regular
Reports To: 
Chief System Operator

South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. has an opening for a System Operator at the Nursery location.   The System Operator monitors and operates electric transmission system and substation facilities as part of the team of personnel that forms the 24/7 operations center.

Typical Functions: 

Qualified candidates will have:

•    High School Diploma or equivalent
•    3 years’ experience in plant or system operations or 5 years’ experience in electric utility and electrical theory knowledge
•    College level courses in power system technology may be substituted for years of experience
•    Valid Texas Driver License
•    Working knowledge of MS Office Programs and MS Dynamics
•    NERC and ERCOT Certified within 1 year of hire

Working conditions:

•    May frequently be required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
•    Occasionally required to stand.
•    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.
•    Use of personal computing equipment, telephone, multi-functioning printer and calculator.
•    Manual dexterity, ability to lift up to 25 pounds, ability to reach, bend, and use 2-step stool while safely lifting and lowering boxes.
•    Ability to travel to and from business-related locations.
•    Required to work after hours, weekends and holidays and respond timely to urgent or emergency situations.

Typical duties include:

•    Responsible for receiving and carrying out directives from ERCOT.
•    Responsible for complying with the NERC reliability standards.
•    Submits outage schedules to ERCOT and coordinates necessary schedule modifications with other transmission service providers.
•    Participates in ERCOT committees and working groups as directed by the Chief System Operator.
•    Monitors the system voltage and loading and performs switching operations to maintain adequate voltage and takes preventative action to avoid damaging equipment overloads.
•    Issues switching instructions and performs remote switching for prearranged outages.
•    Isolates faulted and failed equipment and restores services to customer loads or system equipment through switching.
•    Dispatches appropriate personnel to suspected trouble areas.
•    Notifies key personnel of outages, abnormal conditions and ERCOT instructions that affect the system.
•    Coordinates and submits all clearances requested on lines and facilities to maintain safe and reliable service for approval through ERCOT.
•    Checks with operators of adjacent transmission systems and the ERCOT system operator concerning abnormal conditions of load, weather, switching, and clearances affecting the transmission system.
•    Compiles and records all log system information, personnel, outage, switching, and information pertaining to the
•    Monitors SCADA, telemetry, and communication systems.
•    Issues maintenance requests and relays mis-operation report to appropriate departments.
•    Reads, studies, and understands applicable ERCOT and NERC guides and regulations.
•    Performs other duties, tasks and special projects as assigned.

The above description covers the principal duties and responsibilities of the job.  The description shall not, however, be construed as a complete listing of all miscellaneous, incidental, or similar duties which may be required from day-to-day.   

If you have any questions about the process, please contact STEC HR at (361) 485-6167.



Interested applicants who meet the minimum requirements, please send STEC Job Application and resume to
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