Power Dispatcher

The City of Pasadena- Water & Power Department is seeking experienced Power Dispatchers to sustain continuity of service demands through transmission and distribution lines and equipment. Additionally, the successful candidates will operate the Water&Power Department's SCADA system.

The ideal candidate will take initiative and show professional integrity when coordinating the safe restoration and maintenance of electrical services. The ideal candidate will implement and modify plans and schedules to remove lines and equipment from service, showing composure while making decisions on how to do so even under emergency situations.


Essential Functions

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class. You may view the job specification at: Power Dispatcher

  • Controls by observation, the safe and reliable operation of the City's electric generation, transmission and distribution system and water distribution system.
  • Makes changes to maintain economical, reliable and safe operating conditions.
  • Operates analog, digital and computer terminal equipment to assure proper and reliable exchange schedules.
  • Communicates with station operators and field personnel to coordinate necessary station and distribution switching to protect repair personnel.
  • Isolates and restores to operation faulted circuits and equipment.
  • Plans and schedules switching procedures to place new lines and equipment in service, removes lines and equipment out of service.
  • Maintains records of orders issued to and reports received from field personnel; in accordance with general and specific instructions, verifies, acknowledges and resets alarms.
  • Alters MWD flow rates; takes readings and logs, transmits information and reports regarding the water telemetry system.
  • Interprets information from water board and Data logger and performs appropriate operations.
  • Revises equipment data and circuit maps for dispatching use; makes temporary and permanent changes to system, documents system changes.
  • Assists in training Substation Operators and may perform duties of Senior Power Dispatcher when required and qualified
The following list represents the core competencies needed for success in this position:
  • Attention to detail that allows individual the ability to manage his/her own work with a high level of accuracy
  • Communicates with clarity and in a manner that is approachable
  • Decision making ability that maintains focus on goals when determining the best course of action
  • Handles conflict recognizing, understanding and managing strained situations.
  • Safety focus in recognition of the dangers and potential problems that exist in this field of work
  • Professional Integrity that pushes the individual to take personal responsibility for behavior and actions
  • Technical expertise to sustain continuity of service demands through transmission and distribution lines and equipment
Qualification Guidelines

Any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the Power Dispatcher duties would qualify. An example includes three years experience performing electrical operational activities in a substation or equivalent.

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of training and experience. The most highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a written test, interview panel, and/or performance examination.

There is currently two (2) vacancies in the Power Delivery division of the Water and Power department.

Candidates selected for this position are subject to a one year probationary work period.

Special Requirements

Must have or obtain a valid Class C California driver's license as required at time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment.

Must obtain a North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) System Operator Certification with a Reliability Operator credential within twelve months of appointment and maintain the certification as a condition of employment.

FLSA = Non-exempt