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Power Distributors and Dispatchers
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power Distributors and Dispatchers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam. Respond to emergencies, such as transformer or transmission line failures, and route current around affected areas.
 
Prepare switching orders that will isolate work areas without causing power outages, referring to drawings of power systems.
 
Control, monitor, or operate equipment that regulates or distributes electricity or steam, using data obtained from instruments or computers.
 
Coordinate with engineers, planners, field personnel, or other utility workers to provide information such as clearances, switching orders, or distribution process changes.
 
Direct personnel engaged in controlling or operating distribution equipment or machinery, such as instructing control room operators to start boilers or generators.
 
Distribute or regulate the flow of power between entities, such as generating stations, substations, distribution lines, or users, keeping track of the status of circuits or connections.
 
Monitor and record switchboard or control board readings to ensure that electrical or steam distribution equipment is operating properly.
 
Track conditions that could affect power needs, such as changes in the weather, and adjust equipment to meet any anticipated changes.
 
Manipulate controls to adjust or activate power distribution equipment or machines.
 
Calculate load estimates or equipment requirements to determine required control settings.
 
Record and compile operational data, such as chart or meter readings, power demands, or usage and operating times, using transmission system maps.
 
Inspect equipment to ensure that specifications are met or to detect any defects.
 
Tend auxiliary equipment used in the power distribution process.
 
Implement energy schedules, including real-time transmission reservations or schedules.
 
Repair, maintain, or clean equipment or machinery, using hand tools.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power Distributors and Dispatchers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power Distributors and Dispatchers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power Distributors and Dispatchers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power Distributors and Dispatchers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ABB MicroSCADA Pro DMS Industrial control software
 
ABB MicroSCADA Pro SYS Industrial control software
 
ABB PSGuard Industrial control software
 
Catapult Software iPower SCADA Industrial control software
 
Distribution automation system software Industrial control software
 
Distribution management system DMS software Industrial control software
 
Energy management system EMS software Industrial control software
 
Geographic information system GIS software Map creation software
 
Milsoft DisSPatch Industrial control software
 
OSI monarch/SGP Industrial control software
 
Outage management system OMS software Industrial control software
 
Radius NetMan Industrial control software
 
Radius Uni-View Industrial control software
 
Siemens Energy and Automation Industrial control software
 
Siemens Spectrum Power TG Industrial control software
 
Siemens Spectrum PowerCC Distribution Management Industrial control software
 
Substation automation system software Industrial control software
 
Substation monitoring system software Industrial control software
 
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software Industrial control software
 
Telvent Responder Outage Management System OMS Industrial control software
 
Wide area measurement system WAMS software Industrial control software
 
Wide area monitoring system WAMS software Industrial control software
 
Wide area remote control system software Industrial control software
 
Integrated power system switchboards Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
 
Mainframe computers Mainframe computers
 
Multi-metering switchboards Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
 
Panelboard switches Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
 
Panelboards Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power Distributors and Dispatchers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power Distributors and Dispatchers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Control Area Operator
Control Board Operator
Control Operator
Control Room Operator
Dispatcher
Distribution Operations Supervisor
Distribution System Operator
Electric System Operator
Electrical Energy Distribution Technician
Electrical Energy Storage/Distribution Technician
Feeder Switchboard Operator
Lineman
Load Dispatcher
Motor Room Controller
Power Plant Operator
Power System Dispatcher
Power System Operator
Power and Recovery First Assistant
Production Team Member
Service Dispatcher
Station Operator
Steam Plant Control Room Operator
Steam and Power Panel Operator
Substation Operator
Substation Operator Apprentice
Switchboard Operator
Switchboard Operator Assistant
Switchboard and Control Room Operator
System Operator
Transmission System Operator
Utilities Operator
Voltage Inspector
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Power Distributors and Dispatchers
 
 
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