Dispatcher - Apprentice

Modesto Irrigation District   Modesto, CA   Full-time     Transportation
Posted on May 31, 2024
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Dispatcher - Apprentice

Salary: $110,780.80 - $141,793.60 Annually


The Modesto Irrigation District is currently recruiting to fill one full-time regular position to provide dispatching and control of the District's and other utility entities electrical and irrigation operating systems, while maintaining continuous observation with visual attendance. Apprentice Dispatcher: As per the NERC Reliability Standards requirement for a Transmission Operator as defined by NERC, maintain the responsibility and authority to implement real-time actions to ensure the stability and reliable operations of the Bulk Electric System under direction from the Dispatcher and/or Dispatching Shift Supervisor.

Any Qualified Individual May Apply.  This is a non-exempt position and is allocated to the Utility Services and Maintenance Bargaining Unit. The list established as a result of this recruitment may be used to fill other Dispatcher-Apprentice vacancies that may occur within the District through May 2, 2025.

Training and advancement will be governed by the District’s Dispatcher Apprentice Training Program. Successful candidates at the apprentice level will be required to sign an Apprentice Agreement prior to beginning the Apprentice Training Program. Copies of the Apprentice Training Program and Apprentice Agreement are available in the Human Resources Department for review.  

Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Monitor and control the operation of the District's and other utility entities electrical and irrigation facilities; assure compliance with District and other agency requirements
  • Observe and enforce District Safety Rules
  • Coordinate electric generation and water control
  • Issue switching orders
  • Maintain communication with District personnel, other agencies and the public as required
  • Respond appropriately to directives from the Balancing Authority or designee and the Reliability Coordinator; prepare logs, records, and reports
  • Monitor control center premises for security and building system operations.
  • This position involves shift, weekend, and holiday work including 10 and/or 12-hour rotating and/or relief shifts during a 28-day scheduling period

Other Related Duties
Other duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

Any combination of education, experience, knowledge and abilities may satisfy the necessary minimum qualifications. A typical way to obtain the education, experience, knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: High school diploma or equivalent. NERC Certification for a Transmission Operator required prior to the completion of the apprenticeship program.

Experience: Successful completion of an apprenticeship program in electric power system dispatching or station operation and NERC Certification is required for advancement to the journey level. Two (2) years experience in a related area for the apprentice level.

Knowledge and Abilities :

  • Knowledge of water and power system dispatching; generation, transmission, distribution, control and protective equipment; safety practices; interconnected utility operations.
  • Ability to use a computer to effectively prepare reports, documents and communicate using email; ability to read drawings, schematics and maps; prepare clear, complete and concise written reports and procedures; follow oral and written instructions; work cooperatively and communicate effectively with others.

Special Requirement: Must have a valid California Class C driver's license. Must maintain NERC certification as required for a Transmission Operator as defined by NERC.