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Power System Dispatcher, AD-303

 

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard. To be eligible for consideration for this position, you must clearly demonstrate in your application package that you possess the necessary qualifications.

Grade

  Education and Experience Requirements

  Education

General Experience

Specialized Experience

AD-1*

Successful completion of a 4 year course of study, leading to a bachelor’s degree

OR

Successful completion, in an accredited college or university, of a technical program consisting of at least 60 semester hours with classes including, but not limited to: power industry concepts, power system mathematics application, ac and dc fundamentals, electrical generation, power system equipment, interconnected system operations, protective relaying, power systems standards requirements, and communication.

3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4 (see description below)  

None

AD-2 *

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-1

 

 

AD-3

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-2

AD-4

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-3

 

 

AD-5

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-4

 

 

AD-6

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-5

 

 

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for the AD-1 level.

 

*Assessment Center

In addition to other qualification and eligibility requirements, successful completion of the assessment center is required to qualify for the AD-1 and AD-2 level.

Qualifying Education for the AD-1 Level

Successful completion, in an accredited college or university, of a 4-year course of study, resulting in a bachelor's degree, meets the AD-1 level requirement. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

OR

Successful completion, in an accredited college or university, of a technical program consisting of at least 60 semester hours with classes including, but not limited to: power industry concepts, power system mathematics application, ac and dc fundamentals, electrical generation, power system equipment, interconnected system operations, protective relaying, power systems standards requirements, and communication.

 

General Experience

General experience is 3 years of progressively responsible experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-4 level, which demonstrates the ability to:

1. Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;
2. Plan and organize work; and
3. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Listed below are examples of qualifying general experience:
• Use/apply a practical knowledge of general engineering techniques (such as an engineering technician);
• Use/apply a practical knowledge of scientific principles and mathematical computations in the physical or biological sciences (such as a physical science technician, biological technician, or laboratory technician);
• Use/apply a knowledge of electrical theory (such as an electronics technician, electrician, line worker);
• Uses/apply a practical knowledge of systems theory (electrical, electronic, communications) or similar field (technical or electrical craft experience); • Pay close attention to detail (such as a draftsman, surveyor, diagnostician);
• Interpret schematic diagrams (skilled or mechanical trades experience);
or
• Other practical experience (pumping plant operator, water plant operator, sewage plant operator).

  

Summary Definition of Specialized Experience

Specialized experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. This experience is progressively responsible and concerned primarily with system operations of a large power system (100-kV or above). Knowledge, such as the following, is required:

• Knowledge of interconnected power systems;
• Knowledge of safe switching procedures;
• 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), etc.;
• Knowledge of power system generation (power plant operator);
• Knowledge of power system characteristics;
• Knowledge of power system equipment; and/or
• Knowledge of balancing authority energy scheduling.

Applicants, who have 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated in the table, are not required to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

 

Specialized Experience Requirements For the AD-2 Level

To qualify for the AD-2 level, you must have 1 year of:
1) Power system experience equivalent to the AD-1 level (trainee), with centralized control of power system equipment with 100-kV or higher voltage transmission lines and substations; or
2) Operations or maintenance experience in writing, issuing, receiving, or performing switching; or performing maintenance on power system equipment at or greater than Distribution Provider Level (4.16kV) as defined by the current North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Functional Model; or
3) Utility power system energy scheduler experience equivalent to the AD 1, with responsibility for approving or denying energy tags/schedules and verifying adequate transmission capacity; or
4) Engineering experience, including technician experience, equivalent to at least the GS 5 level in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, or operations; or
5) Power plant operator experience equivalent to the AD 1, with direct control over one or more dispatchable (output is adjustable) individual generating units of at least 10 megawatts; or
6) Energy merchant experience equivalent to the AD 301 3 level.
7) Energy merchant or North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) balancing authority/interchange authority experience, equivalent to the AD-1 trainee in matching generation and energy purchasing sales to real time load requirements via automatic generation control (AGC).

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.

Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD-5 Level

To qualify for AD-5 level, you must have 1 year of:
1)Power system operator experience, equivalent to the AD-4 level (journey), 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; or
2) Engineering experience (with engineering degree, or certification as either EI, (Engineering Intern), EIT (Engineer in Training), or PE (Professional Engineer), equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, SCADA, EMS, or operations.

Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD 5 Trainer Position
To qualify for the AD-5 level, you must have 1 year of:
1)Power system operator experience, equivalent to the AD-4 level (journey), 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; or
2) Engineering experience (with engineering degree, or certification as either EI (Engineering Intern), EIT (Engineer in Training) or PE (Professional Engineer), equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, SCADA, EMS, or operations; or
3) Instructor/teaching experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, SCADA, EMS, or operations. Use of NERC’s Systematic Approach to Training (SAT), or other equivalent training models, is preferable.

Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD-6 Level

To qualify for the AD-6 level, you must have 1 year of:
1) Experience, equivalent to the AD-5 level, directly supporting a power system operator staff of a power system with 100-kV or higher voltage transmission lines, substations, and interconnections to other utilities, as one of the following:
• lead or supervisor;
• power operations specialist;
• operations/outage coordinator;
• power system operator trainer; or
2) Engineering experience (with engineering degree, or certification as either EI (Engineering Intern), EIT (Engineer in Training) or PE (Professional Engineer) equivalent to the GS-13 level or higher in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, SCADA, EMS, or operations.

Combining Education and Experience

Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and general experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the AD-1 level. Combinations are computed by first determining your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining your education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify you for the grade level.

For instance, if you have completed the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in a qualifying curriculum, this equals 50% of the education requirement. Combined with 50% of the experience requirement (18 months of general experience), this equals 100% of the total requirement and is therefore qualifying for the AD-1 level.

Likewise, if you have completed the first year of a specialized 2-year curriculum in power or transmission system operation or technology operations, this equals 50% of the education requirement. Combined with 50% of the experience requirement (18 months of specialized experience), this equals 100% of the total requirement and is therefore qualifying for the AD-1 level.

 

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