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Power System Dispatcher

Full Time • Posted Aug. 27

  • Organization: Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Company Description

Join WAPA’s team and “keep the lights on” for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America’s energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier! 

Job Description

The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Interchange power system dispatcher is responsible for real-time management of reliability activities. The incumbent executes the activities of administering Open Access Same-Time Information (OASIS) and energy tagging programs; monitoring system voltages and power flows; reacting to changing system configurations; maintaining system security and reliability. The incumbent must have the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external personnel in both written and oral fashion.  The incumbent is responsible for meeting applicable North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Orders; and Department of Energy (DOE)/Western policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Occasional travel - Overnight travel may be required 1-4 days per month.


$91,557 to $133,929 per year



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be available.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: This experience is progressively responsible and concerned primarily with system operations of a large power system (100-kV or above). 

Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD-3 Level 

To qualify for the AD-3 level, you must have 1 year of: 1) Power system operator experience equivalent to the AD-2 level (advanced trainee), with centralized SCADA/EMS control of power system equipment with 100-kV or higher voltage transmission lines and substations; or 2) Operations or maintenance experience in writing or issuing switching for clearances or similar protective actions on power system equipment at 100-kV or above voltage level; or 3) Energy merchant or North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) balancing authority/interchange authority experience, equivalent to the AD-2 level with responsibility for matching generation and energy purchases/sales to real-time total load requirements via Automatic Generation Control (AGC); or 4) Engineering experience (with engineering degree, or certification as either EI (Engineering Intern), EIT (Engineer in Training), or PE (Professional Engineer), equivalent to the GS-7 level or higher in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, or operations; or 5) Power plant or control center operator experience, equivalent to the AD-2 level, where normal duties include direct SCADA control over multiple, remotely operated power plants.

Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD-4 Level

To qualify for the AD-4 level, you must have 1 year of: 1) Power system operator experience, equivalent to the AD-3 level, with centralized SCADA/EMS control and decision-making responsibilities to maintain adherence to NERC reliability standards of a power system with 100-kV or higher voltage transmission lines, substations, and interconnections to other utilities.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. Knowledge of interconnected power systems
  2. Knowledge of safe switching procedures
  3. Knowledge of power system Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition-type equipment (SCADA), Automatic Generation Control (AGC), Energy Management System (EMS), power scheduling programs, power system tagging programs, Open Access Same-time Information System (OASIS)
  4. Knowledge of power system generation (power plant operator) and characteristics
  5. Knowledge of power system equipment; and/or knowledge of balancing authority energy scheduling

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


If you are planning to qualify based on receipt of a degree in Engineering and additional Engineering experience.  You must provide transcripts.  Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

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