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Distribution Operator

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Date: Jan 12, 2022

Location: San Antonio, TX, US, 78205

Company: CPS Energy

We are engineers, high line workers, power plant managers, accountants, electricians, project coordinators, risk analysts, customer service operators, community representatives, safety and security specialists, communicators, human resources partners, information technology technicians and much, much more. We are 3,300 people committed to enhancing the lives of the communities we serve.  Together, we are powering the growth and success of our community progress every day!

Position Summary

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CPS Energy distribution system.  This position requires a high degree of focus, accountability, and unscheduled overtime.  This position is expected to be available and work during emergency conditions as needed.



DEADLINE TO APPLY:  January 24, 2022

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CPS Energy distribution system.
  • Records outage restoration during normal and emergency conditions.
  • Dispatches emergency gas orders.
  • Recommends operational improvements and communicates system events to appropriate personnel.
  • Operates Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Distribution Management System (DMS), Distribution Automated devices, GIS Mapping System, Outage Management System as well as radio and telephone systems.
  • Analyzes and acts promptly in case of system disturbances ensuring systems to be restored to normal state.
  • Provides technical analysis, monitors system conditions, schedules and authorizes distribution equipment outages and loads transfers.
  • Prepares, coordinates, executes and releases switching procedures and clearances for the distribution system, including circuit breakers in station.
  • Assigns and directs switching activities and work assignments to trouble crews and switching personnel.
  • Monitors weather conditions and coordinates staffing requirements by calling additional resources to handle emergencies.
  • Attends training classes for Distribution Coordination, Black Start Planning and Voltage Control Planning.
  • Answers two-way radios on different channels.
  • Answers emergency call requesting EMS or Police for vehicle accident or electrocution, following by immediate notification to Department Supervisors, and Nurse Department and Safety Department.
  • Creates and dispatches Emergency Trouble Orders.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Skills

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities

Possess a valid driver’s license with a history of a safe driving record in accordance with CPSE policies, procedures, safety standards, and applicable laws and regulations
Working knowledge of electrical theory as applied to energy distribution systems.
Working knowledge of electric operations.
Working knowledge of municipal geographic area.
Working knowledge of dispatching functions as applied to all utility distribution operations.
Working knowledge of approved methods, materials, and equipment used in energy distribution systems.
Working knowledge of occupational hazards and accident prevention methods in assigned area of responsibility.
Ability to keep and prepare complex operating records.
Ability to act calmly, quickly and effectively in emergencies.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with internal and external customers.
Ability to multi-task in normal and emergency situations.
Ability to read and understand one-line diagrams, schematics, and other system and customer documents in an electronic format or hard copy.
Demonstrated ability to interact well with others (peers, co-workers, all levels of the organization and outside entities).
Working knowledge of computer software such as word processing, spreadsheet applications, graphical user interface.
Working knowledge of electric distribution systems monitoring software such as SCADA/EMS, Outage Management/ Dispatch Systems
Ability to work during emergency conditions, scheduled and un-scheduled overtime, as well as rotating 12-hour shifts or as otherwise assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a craft or technical related field such as transmission, substation, system protection, distribution, or operations control center.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Package, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook


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Driving for Results
Demonstrating Initiative
Delivering High Quality Work

Minimum Education

High School Diploma or GED

Required Certifications

Working Environment

Indoors. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Physical Demands

Work requires normal color vision to distinguish the color and severity of many control and safety devices.

CPS Energy does not discriminate against applicants or employees. CPS Energy is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfers and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or any other protected status. CPS Energy will comply with all laws and regulations.

Nearest Major Market: San Antonio

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