Transmission System Operator | Great River Energy


Posted: 13-Feb-23

Location: Elk River, Minnesota

Type: Full Time

Internal Number: 219

Application Deadline: March 3, 2023

Location: Elk River, MN

Transmission System Operator

Please note: Must be able to work rotating 12 hour shifts, which include evenings, weekends, holidays and is subject to an on-call rotation.

More than power, we’re about people. At Great River Energy (GRE), people are our first priority–both customers and employees. Here, you will find a team-centered environment that’s rewarding, challenging, and exciting. As a cooperative-owned generation and transmission company, we are Minnesota’s second largest utility based on generating capacity.

General Summary

We are currently looking for a Transmission System Operator who will operate the GRE Transmission System in a safe, secure, and economic manner and coordinate its operations with the interconnected power system. This position has the full authority to take whatever steps are necessary, regardless of the cost, to ensure the reliability of the Interconnection, as well as the GRE Balancing Authority Area and Transmission System, including shedding of firm load.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

· Supervise the operation of GRE substations, transmission system and direct current facilities in a safe, secure, and reliable manner.

· Operate the Energy Management System (EMS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), load management, and other systems in accordance with established guidelines.

· Monitor the security and operational status of the GRE transmission system and telecommunications equipment.

· Know, understand, and follow all North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO), and MISO requirements, policies, and practices.


· Completion of a two-year associate degree in math, science, physics, engineering, electrical engineering technology, electrical transmission system operations technology, electronics technology or technical equivalent is required. 4-year bachelor’s degree in any of these previously mentioned educational areas is preferred.

· Relevant, full-time work experience may qualify an applicant for consideration by using the following formula: Four years of relevant, full-time work experience may count for two years of full-time, higher-level education completed. Relevant work experience includes power generation or transmission dispatch, power plant operations, distribution/Bulk Electric System (BES) electrical field work (line worker, substation technician, relay technician, meter technician), HVDC operations, or other applicable electric utility operations work.

· Must have and maintain at a minimum a NERC Combined Balancing Authority and Transmission Operator Certification designation.

· Must be able to distinguish colors on monitors/screens.

· In depth knowledge of core transmission, generation, distribution processes associated with electric utilities including control systems, transformers, voltage control devices, SCADA\EMS systems, and telecommunications.

· Skill in utilizing mathematics as it applies to electrical theory and power system applications.

· Skill in building strong working relationships.

· Ability to think clearly and act quickly in an emergency situation.

· Ability to demonstrate well-developed oral and written communication skills.

· Ability to successfully negotiate and resolve complex issues in a timely manner.

· Ability to use computer-based office and EMS applications.

· Ability to adapt to rapidly changing business circumstances; must be able to thrive in a constantly changing business environment.


Qualified professionals will find we have a lot to offer: competitive compensation, continued education, an on-site workout facility, generous retirement plan, along with many more benefits. Qualified candidates, please apply at under the Careers tab by March 3, 2023. GRE values diversity, equity, and inclusion and we are an equal employment opportunity employer.

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About Great River Energy

Powering what’s possible Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electricity provider owned by our 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin for which we generate and transmit electricity. We provide wholesale electric service to our member owners who distribute electricity to approximately 660,000 member consumers – or about 1.7 million people. A diverse mix of generation resources – Our power plants generate more than 2,800 megawatts of electricity and several solar arrays capable of producing 650 kilowatts. In addition, we purchase wind and hydroelectric energy.Your electricity is delivered through power lines to you. Every time you plug in your toaster, television or other electrical device, a system of power lines goes to work to bring you the power you need. Our job at Great River Energy is to keep the lights on by providing a safe & reliable supply of electricity.

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