Employment Opportunity: Apprentice Electric Transmission System Operator (IBEW) PG&E Vacaville, CA

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A. Apprentice Electric Transmission System Operator (IBEW)
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Vacaville, CA

Department OverviewPacific 
The men and women of Electric Operations ensure the delivery of safe and reliable electric service to our customers. Electric Operations is responsible for every aspect of PG&E's electric distribution and transmission operations, including planning, engineering, maintenance and construction, asset management, business planning, restoration and emergency response.

Electric Operations / Control Center - Transmission operators control flows of power at extremely high voltages (up to 500,000 volts). Distribution operators direct delivery from substations to the customer at voltages up to 60,000 volts. The responsibilities of both types of System Operator require the use of initiative, sound judgment, patience, and good communication skills in highly stressful environments.

Position Summary
This is an IBEW Local 1245 represented classification, which has over 100 years of experience representing employees at PG&E.

An Apprentice System Operator is a shift employee who is engaged in performing an electric operator's work as an assistant to and under the direct supervision of a journeyman Operator. In the course of his/her training, they will be required to prepare and perform switching programs, to operate equipment, to keep records, to receive and dispatch calls by telephone and radio and certain switching operations. Educational and general qualifications must be such that s/he is considered capable of progressing to a journeyman Operator at any of the Company's transmission or distribution control centers. They may also be required to assist in maintenance duties at his/her assigned training locations.

The Apprentice will participate in formal, informal and on-going training in both classroom and on the job environments, completion within 24

Minimum Qualifications:
. Must be at least 18 years of age
. Must possess a High School diploma, GED or equivalent work experience
. Must possess a valid California Driver's License or ability to obtain one by day one of employment
. Ability to work flexible schedules, extended hours, nights, weekends, and/or overtime (scheduled or ad hoc)
. Must complete NERC certification within 24 months
. Internal PG&E Employees: Must have qualified on the Physical Test Battery (PTB), Work Orientation Inventory (WOI) and Industrial Skills Test (IST) exams prior to applying, and the COBRA exam prior to interviewing
. External and Hiring Hall Candidates: Must qualify on the Physical Test Battery (PTB), Work Orientation Inventory (WOI), Industrial Skills Test (IST) and COBRA exams prior to interviewing

Desired Qualifications:
. Experience in an electrical or electronic field
. Electrical or electronic field experience through the military, a utility or a municipality
. Electrical line experience
. Graduate from one of the following PowerPathway® endorsed programs: Entry to Electric Operations, Entry to Utility Operations, Electric Power Systems program (College of San Mateo)
. Experience performing data entry on a computer system
. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively via radio and phone
. Strong ability to understand and apply technical concepts and procedures
. Strong ability to successfully perform multiple tasks under pressure

. Promotes timely and accurate information of all outages, by working with field personnel to
provide up-to-date information and meet established goals.
. Communicate clearly and effectively with employees and clients via radio and phone.
. Maintain knowledge of all dispatching procedures, complete training modules and perform
ride-alongs and field visits.
. Work in a Control Center environment.
. Work shift work, weekends and overtime as required.
. Participates in formal or informal on-going training; within 24 months.
. Communicates in person, by phone, E-mail or by radio regarding substation operation, safety and security.
. May use Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) to monitor transmission systems and make changes to maintain safety & reliability.
. May use EMS (Energy Management System) along with other toll used to monitor the system.
. Restores electric systems as required.

Matthew Oakes
Energy Supply Recruiter
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