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Posting Number: 3562
Company Description: Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Department Description: Reg. Marketing Control Centre
Number of Open Positions: 1
Location: CA - Ragged Lake, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Business Unit:                      Control Centre  
Ragged Lake 
Type of Employment:          
Regular, Full-time

Nova Scotia Power’s greatest source of energy is our people. In a culture focused on safety and our customers, we’re committed to providing exceptional electricity service to Nova Scotians and rewarding careers for our employees. We’re hiring solution-minded people excited to help us grow into the future. We are currently looking to fill the position of System Operator, Hydro for the Control Centre, Ragged Lake.

Accountabilities: The Hydro System Operator is accountable for the safe and reliable operation of the Hydro Generating systems and Western/Valley 69kV transmission system through the use of SCADA and other management systems.  

You must maintain voltage levels within normal and emergency operating limits and assist the Transmission System Operator in the operation of the bulk power system within the parameters established by Good Utility Practice, NPCC and NERC. You are responsible to assist Hydro Production by dispatching hydro generation to a daily schedule or as directed by the Balancing Authority (Energy System Operator) and hydro operations staff. You will maintain hydro system operations within established limits for public safety and environmental operating permits.  You are responsible for the secure and reliable operation of the 69Kv Western/Valley transmission system without exceeding system operating limits (SOL) directing re-dispatch of generation to maintain limits and directing regional personnel as required.  You must maintain accurate and detailed logs.

This position is also responsible for head-pond management at each of the hydro sites using SCADA Telemetered equipment while following all environmental and regulatory requirements that are unique to each of the sites.

You will be responsible for tactical dispatch and deployment of routine and emergency-response crews. You will ensure the communication of outage related information to NSPI customers and other major stakeholder groups including the DCC is done accurately and timely.

You will understand and operate:  SCADA (including; load flow, contingency analysis, automatic generation control (AGC), alarm monitoring and response), PI system, FM Radio, Control Centre database applications (including; system operations trouble reporting (SOTR), substation entry logs (SEL), Hold-off and Permit log system), and other related energy management software applications. You must be capable of interpreting color coded system information.

You will be knowledgeable of NSPI operating criteria, procedures, practices and guidelines including the implementation of emergency response plans/procedures as they relate to the hydro and transmission systems, fibre-optic/microwave data communication equipment, oil releases, SCADA alarms and the Standard Protection Code (SPC). You will effectively respond to system emergencies as directed by the Transmission System Operator.

As the SPC Control Authority, you will be responsible for issuing hold-offs and isolation-permits as well as developing or approving and directing switching procedures. You will be compliant with the SPC at all times. You are responsible for final approval for switching transmission and hydro generation equipment out of service and reacting to transmission and hydro generation equipment outages on a forced basis by dispatching appropriate personnel, preparing, approving or directing switching and restoration activities when necessary.

You must be willing to participate in and successfully complete training, which includes competency-based training skills, related to hydro system operations. The training program may include on shift self-study and attendance at meetings outside of the normal shift cycle. NERC Certification may be a requirement for this position in the future.

You will function effectively in a 12 hour rotating shift environment, working an average of 42 hours per week depending on shift assignments. You will be available to work additional shifts for emergency restoration or to support the continued operation of the desk. The most recent Operator hired on the desk fills the role of the spare position (if available) and may fulfill multi-desk coverage as experience permits.

You will be responsible for your personal safety, that of co-workers, and those under your direction by observing and ensuring compliance with all Occupational Health and Safety Rules and Regulations.  You will be accountable for environmental performance as it relates to the environmental management system processes and initiatives. You will comply with NSPI’s Standards of Conduct.

This position is considered a safety sensitive position. As such, the successful candidate must comply with the Emera Alcohol and Drug Policy which requires a confidential pre-employment alcohol and drug test in accordance with the Emera Alcohol and Drug Procedure.

Skills, Capabilities and Experience:  You will have a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in the electric utility environment and have demonstrated experience as a highly motivated team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with multiple tasks and demands. You must be adaptable to change and able to work independently while delivering exceptional customer service. You are decisive and capable of functioning effectively under stress. You must be proficient in the use of personal computer and software applications. You have proven problem resolution skills and the flexibility and ability to adapt to varying assignments. Proven leadership skills, self- motivation and demonstrated ability to work independently are essential. 

Qualified candidates must have previous System Operator experience and or NERC certification.

If no qualified candidates apply, applicants who have successfully completed a university degree or community college education to the level of technologist with studies in electrical devices and/or power system operation, or an acceptable combination of education and experience in a related electrical trade may be considered as Apprentice System Operators.

Reporting To: System Control Manager

Form of Application: Click the APPLY button at the end of the online job posting. 

Salary:  $47.84 per hour, as per the NSPI/IBEW Collective Agreement.

Must Be Received By: All interested candidates should apply no later than January 25, 2018.

Late applications may not receive consideration.

Recruitment and Promotion Policy: When filling vacant positions, we are determined to hire the best candidates available. We're committed to providing employees with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for jobs. Hiring and promotion of employees is based on skills, capabilities, knowledge and demonstrated abilities.

We value diversity in the workplace and strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women in non-traditional roles, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, African Nova Scotians and other members of the visible minority community.

Normally, unless otherwise requested in advance, the supervisors of internal candidates selected for an interview will be contacted in order to facilitate scheduling of the interviews. The supervisor will maintain the confidentiality of the employee's application.


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