Great River Energy

  • System Operator Trainee

    Job Locations US-MN-Elk River
    Job ID
  • Overview

    GPTW 2019 - Copy

    Application Deadline:  July 19, 2019

    System Operator Trainee Opening

    Elk River, Minnesota

    The trainee position requires rotating shifts, which may include evenings and weekends. The non-trainee position requires rotating 12 hour shifts, which include nights, weekends, and holidays.

    Qualified candidates will be required to take and pass the SO/PDII (System Operator/Dispatching II) battery test as part of the selection process or have the ability to provide test scores if taken previously.


    “Awesome work environment!” “Great company, great benefits; a place to be proud of.”

    These are a couple quotes from our employees at Great River Energy (GRE). As a consumer-owned generation and transmission company, we are Minnesota’s second largest electric utility.



    General Summary 


    We currently have a System Operator Trainee opening within our Transmission Division located in Elk River, Minnesota. This position will learn and develop a basic understanding of each position in GRE’s Operations Control Center, along with learning about other departments or companies that interface with these positions:

    • Balancing Authority System Operator
    • Transmission System Operator
    • Clearance Coordinator 



    Under the direction of a North American Electric Reliability (NERC) certified system operator, the trainee will perform job functions and activities applicable to control center positions:
    •Coordinating the operation of GRE generation facilities with plant operators and Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) Regional Generation Dispatchers.
    •Analyzing system troubles and initiating necessary action to restore normal operation while adhering to NERC reliability criteria and MISO Procedures.
    •Performing scheduled switching of transmission and substation equipment and maintaining system security and reliability in a safe manner.
    •Coordinating all operations with MISO and interconnected transmission systems, GRE member cooperatives, and municipals.
    •Coordinating, preparing, and submitting clearance orders and generation outage requests using Maximo to ensure proper coordination with cooperatives, municipals, and other power companies.


    • Completion of a two-year associate’s degree in electrical engineering technology, electrical transmission system operations technology, electronics technology, or equivalent.
    • Must acquire at a minimum NERC Combined Balancing Authority and Transmission Operator Certification designation within six months of accepting the position.
    • Qualified candidates will be required to take and pass the SO/PDII battery test as part of the selection process or have the ability to provide test scores if taken previously.
    • Experience in the electrical utility industry is preferred.
    • Knowledge and understanding of electric theory, utility operations, electrical equipment and terminology.
    • Skill in utilizing mathematics as it applies to electrical theory and power system applications.
    • Ability to think clearly, act quickly and remain calm in emergency situations.
    • Ability to use computer-based office and EMS applications.
    • Ability to distinguish colors on monitors/displays and drawings.


    Qualified professionals will find we have a lot to offer: competitive compensation, continued education, an on-site workout facility, generous retirement plan, along with many more benefits. Qualified candidates, please apply at under the Careers tab by July 19, 2019. GRE is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disabled/Vets Employer.


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