System Operator I, II or Senior

Brief Posting Description 
Responsible for the real time operation of the Association transmission assets in a safe and reliable manner. This position is tasked with the authority and responsibility to operate the Tri-State transmission system in such a manner as to comply with all applicable North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Regional Reliability Organization standards. This position is a shift position to cover 24 hours, 7 days per week. Responsible for the coordination of switching and outage requests with Members, other interconnected utilities, and within Tri-State. Prepare/approve switching programs in advance of requested date of execution and Directs and coordinates routine and emergency switching including issuing clearances and other protective orders to field personnel and coordinate with interconnected utilities. 
Note: There is one position available, and the position will be filled at one of 3 levels: System Operator I (NB19), System Operator II (NB21) or Senior System Operator (NB22). This decision will be made based on the qualifications of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire. 
Job Requirements 


  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Completion of Tri-State System Operator Trainee Program or other qualified System Operator Trainee program.
  • NERC Certification at Reliability Coordinator (RC) level and maintain certification by obtaining required continuing education hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Working knowledge of algebra, geometry and basic principles of physics.
  • Working knowledge of electrical and mechanical theory, AC and DC circuits and the fundamental of power flow.
  • Extensive knowledge of electrical utility systems, equipment and all phases of transmission operations.
  • Extensive knowledge of corporate security and fire alarm system and related procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of safety rules and equipment.
  • Ability to direct the work of other System Operators and assist in training new employees and/or trainees.
  • Ability to distinguish full range of colors in order to be successful with completing duties involving the use of computer displays to monitor color-coded electric system diagrams.
  • Ability to use and learn various computer applications.
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and written.
  • Ability to work under stress.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationship both internal and external.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in routine and emergency situations.

The Senior System Operator requires 5 or more years System Operator II experience or an equivalent level of experience on an interconnected electrical system, to include six (6) months minimum on the Tri-State system at a System Operator II level. Those with less experience will be hired at either the System Operator I or System Operator II level, as appropriate. 


  • Willingness to work rotating shifts with extra and/or irregular hours including holidays.
  • Willingness to travel as required. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)


  • Bachelor's degree in Electricity, Mathematics, or Business or other closely related discipline preferred.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, and bend. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors, and the ability to adjust focus. May require the ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to read, write, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, present information to others and work under pressure.
  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to moderate level of noise. Majority of duties are performed indoors primarily at a desk.

Additional Details 
All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site. 
Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs. 

Company Description 
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. 
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area. 
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines. 

Interested? Here is how to Apply:
Tri-State: Join the people behind the power. Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes medical, dental, retirement and life insurance. Please visit our careers site at for more details. 
Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran 

Company Name:
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Westminster, Colorado
United States
System Operator
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5 -10 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent
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