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Southern Company System Operator - Bulk Power Operations in Birmingham, Alabama

System Operator - Bulk Power Operations


System Operator

Birmingham, AL

This System Operator position is for the Power Coordination Center floor operation desks which perform certain reliability functions set forth and strictly monitored by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The reliability functions include the Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Authority, Interchange Authority, Transmission Operator, and Transmission Service Provider. The successful candidate must demonstrate proficiency to assume roles at each operational console. Individuals new to the area will be initially trained and evaluated on their ability to perform duties of the interchange console listed below.

There are three Consoles in the PCC where Operators work around the clock to manage the Southern Company BES. Below are the functional responsibilities of each console:

Interchange Console

  • Utilize Open Access Same Time Information System (OASIS) to process hourly and daily requests for transmission service within the Southern Balancing Authority Area (SBAA)

  • Process electronic tags (e-tags) for scheduling transmission service within the SBAA

  • Make real-time changes to OASIS interface capacity offerings in the event of system constraints

  • Manage scheduled power flows within or crossing the borders of the SBAA

  • Perform hourly checkouts with neighboring Balancing Authorities to verify incoming and outgoing scheduled transactions

  • Perform hourly checkouts with some neighboring Balancing Areas to verify the amount of metered power across tie lines

Balancing Console

  • Balance real-time generation and load within the SBAA

  • Work in conjunction with Operations Planning and Generation Fleet Operations and Trading to ensure that adequate generation is available

  • Monitor generation reserves in order to handle unforeseen changes in load or system-to-system transfers

  • Verify accurate metering of inter- and intra-company tie lines

  • Develop next day and intra-day load forecast projections

Reliability Console

  • Responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the Southeastern Sub-Region of the Southeastern Reliability Corporation (SERC) including continuous monitoring of real-time system conditions

  • Performs next day forecasting of system conditions to ensure that sufficient transmission and generation resources are available

  • Configures resources such that the system will survive the single largest contingency

  • Coordinate restoration efforts and resynchronize the grid in the event of a blackout condition

Candidates with the following preferred experience are encouraged to apply:

Education & Experience Requirements

  • Electric Utility Transmission/Generation Plant Operating experience (particularly in a control center environment) is preferred

  • Previous Electric Utility Transmission Operating experience as a Balancing Authority, Reliability Coordinator, Transmission Operator and/or Interchange Authority is preferred

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering is a plus

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Leadership and good interpersonal skills are required. The successful candidate will be expected to work with other professionals such as coordinators, operating company transmission control center personnel and management in a team-oriented and sometimes stressful environment

  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks at one time, and be able to prioritize work and provide leadership during critical system events

  • Must be comfortable with making decisions often with limited input and extreme time constraints

  • Must have good problem solving skills

  • Must have comprehensive computer skills (including Excel and Word) in order to utilize numerous computer applications

  • Broad knowledge of interconnected power system operations

  • Excellent written and clear oral communication skills

Other Requirements

  • Successful applicant is required to already have or obtain North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Reliability Coordinator operator certification, within 5 months of start date, before being able to perform operation duties and to facilitate continued employment. Training is provided to achieve such certification. While in training the successful candidate will report to the Operations Training Manager

  • This position requires shift work. Operating shifts are 12 hours long and rotate between night and day shifts

  • Applicants selected to interview for this position will be required to successfully pass the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) System Operator/Power Dispatcher (SOPD) II Test or have been previously grandfathered for the test requirement.The hiring manager or an HR Business Consultant will contact the successful applicants with details regarding testing requirements and locations.SOPD II practices tests are available Beneath "How does the Hiring Process Work".

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Standard of Conduct must be understood and signed

  • The successful candidate must adhere to Separation Protocol

  • The successful candidate must pass all requirements required by the Southern Company Insider Threat Program, which includes but is not limited to a NERC cyber security background check and required training

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2008186

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