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Avangrid Area Operator in Augusta, Maine

Area Operator

Company: CENTRAL MAINE POWER CO

Location:

Augusta, ME, US

Company Company

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $39 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies - a list of America's best corporate citizens - and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com (https://www.avangrid.com/wps/portal/avangrid/home)

Job Info

POSITION – Union: Area Operator (27003)

NUMBER OF OPEN POSITIONS: 6

LOCATION: CMP-ME-Augusta General Office

Responsibilities

Under limited supervision, supervises monitors, regulates and coordinates the use of all substations, transmissions facilities and selected distribution facilities at 34.5 KV and below. Coordinates transmission and selected distribution outages; conducts load flows; performs contingency analysis; performs voltage control and dispatch, and coordinates all switching and tagging on the 34.5 KV system and selected distribution equipment. Coordinates the responsibilities of Area Operations with its internal and external customer to insure that optimum power system efficiency is obtained.

  • Serves as central authority to direct all field work by means of dispatching orders that are in accordance with CMP Switching and Tagging Procedures. Will isolate power system permanent faults and restore customer service as well as the power system reliability expeditiously and safely. Coordinate with Line and Substation Departments to reduce exposure to “Life in Danger” situations, to ensure power system integrity is maintained and to minimize the duration of customer outages.

  • Maintain sufficient reactive voltage support, and minimize losses on the 34.5 KV system, by operation of transformers LTCs and utilizations of VAR reserves.

  • Performs load flow studies and contingency analysis to determine power system impact by proposed maintenance applications.

  • Take advanced system operations training in voltage control, emergency procedure and other areas as needed.

  • Has the authority to shed firm load as required maintaining system reliability and integrity during emergency conditions without obtaining approval from higher-level personnel.

  • Manage and dispatch the Outage Management System and utilize associated support tools for outage recording and reporting.

  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Requirements

  • Able to make decisions expeditiously and safely during emergencies

  • Able to operate dispatch computer and communication equipment

  • Able to perform power system contingency analysis

  • Working knowledge of construction and operation of power handling equipment

  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills

  • The company shall not be required to consider Area Operators for posting for other Company jobs for two (2) years after the employee becomes fully qualified as an Area Operator, but may do so.

Qualifications

Experience/Training:

  • At least 6 years of experience including Dispatch-related experience (i.e., substations, hydro, steam, engineering, line, etc).

  • Knowledge about dynamics of a power system, dispatcher tools, relay schemes and special protection systems.

  • Knowledge of the general location and characteristics of all substations, transmission lines and selected

distribution lines rated at 34.5 KV and below, within area of responsibility.

Required Education:

  • Must have at least a two-year degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or related field or have passed the CMP ETQ exam.

Competencies

  • Develop Self & Others

  • Empower to grow

  • Collaborate and Share

  • Be a role model

  • Focus to achieve results

  • Be agile

  • Technical Skills

Mobility Information

Please note that any applicant who is not a citizen of the country of the vacancy will be subject to compliance with the applicable immigration requirements to legally work in that country

AVANGRID’s employment practices and policies are geared to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. At AVANGRID we provide fair and equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. Learn more about equal employment by following this link (https://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf)

If you are an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who is unable to use our online tool to search for or to apply for jobs, you may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting our Human Resources department at 203-499-2777 or careers@avangrid.com

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