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System Operator

Lea County Electric Cooperative
Lovington, NM
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description


Department: Operations & Planning

Section: System Operations

Reports to: Manager of Engineering & Operations

Supervises: None

Directs: Operations personnel (switching, etc.)

FLSA status: Non-exempt

NCS Code:


To operate the LCEC transmission and distribution systems in accordance with safe operating practices to maintain system integrity, safety of personnel and reliable customer power.


  1. Monitor and control system loads, voltages, etc., through the operation of control room metering panels, SCADA system and PC software programs.
  2. Interpret and evaluate system conditions and take appropriate actions: direct switching, transferring or shedding load. Determine probable cause and location of outages and direct the appropriate personnel in the restoration of power.
  3. Prepare switching orders and issue clearances upon receiving approved switching orders. Cancel any clearances or stop any system switching deemed unsafe to personnel or system equipment.
  4. Coordinate switching with power supplier, engineering and field personnel.
  5. Plan and implement emergency switching and assist in developing normal operation switching procedures.
  6. Maintain radio communication with field personnel at all times, and record accurate logs of communications to and from field personnel.
  7. Answer customer outage calls in a courteous and friendly manner and obtain information necessary to assist in restoring customer service, resolving operational complaints, etc. Notify affected customers of scheduled outages.
  8. Maintain and update database for outage reporting.
  9. Communicate with civil organizations (law enforcement, fire department, city, county and state officials) during outages and emergencies.
  10. Develop and assist in maintaining medical alert listing of customers dependent on life-sustaining equipment.
  11. Generate weekly and monthly reports for management and accounting department on power use, outages, etc.
  1. Download and convert regularly scheduled SCADA historical files as required.
  2. Record system load data hourly for historical reference and comparisons.
  3. Develop and maintain a lockout/tagout log for the line and substation devices and plant equipment.
  4. Direct the proper application of the LCEC Lockout/Tagout procedures for the purpose of de-energizing lines and equipment, per OSHA requirements.
  5. Must pass annual LOTO “Affected Employee” and “Employee in Charge” exams.
  6. Participates in reading and inspection of LCEC monthly substation checks.
  7. Develop, maintain and modify SCADA databases and drawings.
  8. Review and correct transformer installation and removal records for accuracy of location, serial number, company number. PCB content and size in kVA.
  9. Review and correct meter change-out records and new connect listings for accuracy.
  10. Keep operations supervisors, substation and line crews informed of all abnormal system conditions.
  11. Communicate with customer services on trouble tickets and new connects.
  12. Provide assistance after normal working hours during storms, outages and emergencies on a regularly scheduled rotating basis, normally in the operation center.
  13. Maintain current first aid and CPR certificates.
  14. Perform other duties as assigned or requested.


High school or equivalent required. College level basic electricity course or equivalent.


Experience in system operations, dispatching and power plant systems is desired or equivalent that would permit incumbent to learn basic requirements of the position.


Occasional outdoor work, as need dictates, in varying weather conditions. Occasional work will be required in energized stations near energized equipment at high voltages. Exposure to hazardous or toxic material may occur (protective equipment and appropriate training will be provided by Lea County Electric Cooperative). Occasional overnight travel will be required. Position requires rotating shift work, with unsupervised morning and evening shifts. Subject to callout, both unscheduled (in the event of emergency) and on a regular, rotating basis. This is considered a safety sensitive position.


The fully competent incumbent must possess the following knowledge:

  1. Computer knowledge sufficient to perform the job requirements.
  2. Basics of SCADA remote terminal unit (RTU) & master functions.
  3. Thorough understanding of Lockout-Tagout procedures.
  4. Functional knowledge of relaying in an electrical system.
  5. Cooperative safety policies and procedures.
  6. Principles of basic electricity, including electric power formulas.
  7. The LCEC transmission and distribution and SPS transmission system.
  8. Telephone and radio communication process and etiquette.
  9. Locations of customers on life sustaining equipment.
  10. Emergency operating procedures.
  11. LCEC customer service policies, fees and procedures regarding disconnects.
  12. Working knowledge of line and substation apparatus.
  13. Ability to function calmly in stressful situations and to balance multiple priorities.
  14. Oral and written communication skills, especially when receiving outage calls.
  15. Ability to read, follow and understand electrical control schematics.
  16. Use of all the computer software and hardware required by the position.
  17. Ability to work independently when supervisor is not present.
  18. Ability to perform tasks related to outage reporting and dispatch.
  19. Ability to recognize outages to possible medical alert customers.
  20. Must be able to perform the physical requirements of the position.

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Lea County Electric Cooperative


Lovington, NM
88260 USA



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