Power System Dispatcher (Technical Writer)

Department Of Energy Phoenix , AZ 85002

Posted 1 week ago

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Western Area Power Administration, Rocky Mountain Region, Power System Operations, Reliability Operations, Phoenix J4100.

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The Reliability/Balancing Technical Writer is responsible for developing, reviewing, and updating system drawings, diagrams, standard operating procedures, and other operating instructional and statistical documents related to the Reliability/Balancing function of the Rocky Mountain Region's Western Area Colorado Missouri (WACM) and Western Area Lower Colorado (WALC) Balancing Authorities. The incumbent develops and maintains documentation for demonstrating power system dispatch compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards for WACM and WALC. The incumbent works closely with the WACM and WALC Reliability /Balancing Supervisors and Technical Writers to provide necessary support for the on-shift Power System Dispatcher tools, including accounting and scheduling tools, Reserve Group tools, policy and procedure tools, as well as specific tools created in Excel, PI, etc. necessary to perform the Reliability/Balancing function. The incumbent will work to maintain similar tools and procedures for the WACM and WALC Balancing Authorities. The incumbent may be required to coordinate with and support the WACM and WALC Transmission Scheduling and Security function where common needs are present. The incumbent is responsible for the operation of the WACM and WALC Balancing Authorities and meeting applicable DOE, Western Area Power Administration (Western),Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) and (NERC) operating Criteria, Standards, and Procedures.

Travel Required

25% or less - Overnight travel of 5 or more nights is required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0303 Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.

  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.




A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: This experience is progressively responsible and concerned primarily with system operations of a large power system (100-kV or above).

Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD-5 Level

To qualify for AD-5 level, you must have 1 year of: 1)Power system operator experience, equivalent to the AD-4 level (journey), with centralized SCADA/EMS control and decision-making responsibilities to maintain adherence to NERC reliability standards of a power system with 100-kV or higher voltage transmission lines, substations, and interconnections to other utilities; or 2) Engineering experience (with engineering degree, or certification as either EI, (Engineering Intern), EIT (Engineer in Training), or PE (Professional Engineer), equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, SCADA, EMS, or operations, or 3) Instructor/teaching experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, SCADA, EMS, or operations. Use of NERC's Systematic Approach to Training (SAT), or other equivalent training models, is preferable.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  • Knowledge of interconnected power systems

  • Knowledge of safe switching procedures

  • Knowledge of power system Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition-type equipment (SCADA), Automatic Generation Control (AGC), Energy Management System (EMS), power scheduling programs, power system tagging programs, Open Access Same-time Information System (OASIS)

  • Knowledge of power system generation (power plant operator) and characteristics

  • Knowledge of power system equipment; and/or knowledge of balancing authority energy scheduling

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.

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Power System Dispatcher (Technical Writer)

Department Of Energy