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Arizona Public Service Electrical Distribution Operations Center (DOC) Field Planner/Senior in PHOENIX, Arizona

Electrical Distribution Operations Center (DOC) Field Planner/Senior

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Date: Jun 11, 2024

Location: PHOENIX, AZ, US, 85021-1808

Company: APS

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.

Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.

Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.

Summary

The DOC Field Planner/Senior DOC Field Planner will ensure adherence to APS' operating practices and procedures, and verify the distribution system is being optimized. They will coordinate and oversee work activities of various APS functional areas and interconnected utilities to ensure that the outage restoration is completed in a timely manner. Provide technical support to local operations, maintenance, construction and management and Distribution Operations Center personnel. Senior level DOC Field Planners will assist in training and provide mentorship to DOC Field Planners.

Minimum Requirements

DOC Field Planner Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma/GED and five (5) years' experience working as a Journeyman Lineman, Journeyman Electrician, Electrical Engineer.

  • OR equivalent experience where extensive knowledge of the transmission and/or distribution systems operations, maintenance and/or construction is obtained.

  • Must have the ability to work independently and be self-directed in establishing priorities and adapting to change.

  • Working knowledge of electrical theory and operation of an interconnected electric distribution system, lines and substation equipment, protective schemes and relays, general safety practices and the APS accident prevention manual.

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly assimilate and evaluate information to determine the scope of unplanned system outages, and formulate viable options to isolate the problem and reconfigure the system in order to restore service.

  • Must be able to perform field evaluations as to the extent of damage, and direct field personnel in the priority and required sequencing of activities needed in the completion of permanent repairs in order to return system to its normal configuration.

    DOC Field Planner Senior Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma/GED and five (5) years' experience working as a DOC Field Planner (with APS or another electrical utility).

  • OR ten (10) years of equivalent experience with an extensive knowledge of the distribution systems operations, maintenance and construction.

  • Preferred knowledge, skills, or qualifications: Working knowledge of electrical theory and operation of an interconnected electric distribution system, lines and substation equipment, protective schemes and relays, general safety practices and the APS Accident Prevention Manual. Demonstrated ability to quickly assimilate and evaluate information to determine the scope of unplanned system outages, and formulate viable options to isolate the problem and reconfigure the system in order to restore service. Must be able to coordinate field evaluations as to the extent of damage, and direct field personnel in the priority and required sequencing of activities needed in the completion of permanent repairs in order to return system to its normal configuration. Experience with the following applications is preferred: Transmission Outage Application, Advanced Distribution Management System, Geographic Information System, OSIsoft PI. A valid Arizona driver's license is required. May also require the administration of a test.

Major Accountabilities

1) Formulate and execute switching orders to safely and efficiently reconfigure circuits to allow for planned construction and maintenance of distribution facilities.

2) Provide assistance to construction, operations and maintenance personnel to determine necessary equipment needs and outages for planned work. Ensure timely and clear communications are delivered to customers, external agencies and internal departments.

3) As subject matter expert, provide guidance and support to operation center during storms and emergency situations to assist in system restoration. Ensure that restoration efforts support the integrity of the electrical system.

4) Participate in discussion and provide input into projects where an Operations aspect exists.

5) Clearly and effectively communicate DOC Field Planner actions to relevant APS personnel (i.e. Operations Supervisors, department leaders).

6) Coordinate the work planning process from an Operations perspective, including directing the prioritization of work plans, work schedules, resources and material coordination with Operations & Maintenance, Customer Construction, Advanced Grid Technologies and area managers.

7) Provide consultation on operational studies and construction budget preparation concerning load growth, construction and maintenance, engineering standards and plans for distribution, substation, and system reliability. Identify areas for improvement or operational issues and recommend corrective actions.

8) Supervise Distribution Operations Center (DOC) during emergency events by coordinating Operator activities, tracking and prioritizing outages.

9) Provide mentorship and assist in training the DFPs within the group. Act as area leader and provide support to the team.

10) Ensure compliance to the Accident Prevention Manual, IBEW Contract, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) guidelines.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Location-Based Role:

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