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System Operator Job Description

Summary

Responsible for operating systems at utility companies, non-utility generators, and other companies that access the power grid. Controls and regulates flow of electricity through transmission lines to industrial plants.

Primary responsibilities

  • Operate systems at utility companies and other companies that access power grid.
  • Monitor and operate current converters.
  • Control the flow of electricity through transmission lines to industrial plants and substations that supply residential and commercial needs for electricity.
  • Observe voltage transformers and circuit breakers.
  • Monitor other distribution equipment and record readings at a map board.
  • Monitor the status of transmission circuits and connections with substations and industrial plants.
  • Communicate with power plant operators, energy traders, and local utilities to route energy from generating stations to customers.
  • Anticipate changes in power needs caused by weather.
  • React to changes in the structure of the grid due to transformer or transmission line failures and route current around affected areas.
  • Operate and monitor equipment that increases or decreases voltage.
  • Operate switchboard levers to control the flow of electricity in and out of the substations.

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