Associate Distribution Operator/Distribution Operator

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Website MidAmerican Energy

  • Location – Des Moines, Iowa

The MidAmerican Energy Company Distribution Operator monitors and exercises independent judgment in the operation of the 15 kV electric power system based on MidAmerican Energy Company operating standards and guidelines. This position ensures safe, reliable and economic operation of the distributionsystem beginning outside the substation fence and ending at the electric meter of the retail customer.
This position is also responsible for acting as a lead to Associate Distribution Operators.
Under direction of a distribution operator or shift supervisor, the MidAmerican Energy Company associate distribution operator monitors and operates the 15 kV electric power system based on MidAmerican Energy Company operating standards and guidelines. The Associate Distribution Operator provides support to the Distribution Operator and Shift Supervisor in the area of callouts, dispatching and other areas as directed. This position is intended to be a training position until the incumbent is fully qualified to operate the system independently as a distribution operator.

The Associate Distribution Operator will be required to achieve proficiency and move to the Distribution Operator position within 12 months of starting training. After 12 months as an Associate Distribution Operator, the employee’s performance will be reviewed to see if he/she meets the minimum qualifications and performance standards for becoming a Distribution Operator. Failure to meet these performance standards within 12 months will result in a six month remedial period. At the end of the remedial period, the Associate Distribution Operator will be evaluated for possible advancement to the Distribution Operator position. Proficiency will be determined by
testing and observation.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Job Function):
Distribution Operators conduct real-time actions that ensure safe, reliable and economic operation of the 15 kV electrical system, beginning outside the substation fence and ending at the electric meter of the retail customer, by monitoring and responding to system disturbances involving distribution equipment and taking appropriate steps to restore service to customers and portions of the electrical system affected by the disturbance.
Associate Distribution Operators must complete training to become fully qualified as a Distribution Operator within 12 months of starting the training program.
Under direction direct emergency switching on the 15 kV electrical system. Restore service as safely and quickly as possible. Work closely with transmission operators to ensure that clear and open
communication is present between both transmission and distribution electrical systems whenever an incident would occur or actions need to be taken.
Operate the 15 kV distribution system according to good utility practice criteria and MidAmerican Energy Company operating standards and guidelines.
Perform additional responsibilities as requested or assigned.
Provide technical input to assist in development of project planning.

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. (Typically six years of related, progressive work experience would be needed for candidates applying for this position who do not possess a bachelor’s degree.)
Three years prior work experience in this field or a related field. Examples of related fields would be: substation/transmission engineering and substation operations and field operations.
One year of distribution experience is required.
The Distribution Operator position requires three to four years of distribution experience.
Candidates meeting all other qualifications, but with less experience directly related to distribution, may be considered for the associate level.
Knowledge of power system devices and operating characteristics and technical skills related to understanding energy control and switching is desired.
Clearly articulate the key points of an issue, keep attention of others and take recipient’s needs into account when speaking or writing.
Ability to work systematically to analyze problems and issues, identify causes, anticipate implications and  identify effective courses of action.
Ability to coordinate construction or maintenance projects to maximize efficiency while ensuring continued reliability.
Ability to resolve conflicting demands in a diplomatic manner while maintaining system integrity and reliability of service to our customers during outage periods.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Effective analytical and problem-solving skills.
Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without an accommodation.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

*Associate Distribution Operator $74,300-$87,400
*Distribution Operator $85,500-$100,600

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