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Central Iowa Power Cooperative Transmission Dispatcher in Creston, Iowa

Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) is currently searching for a Transmission Dispatcher to join the team in Creston, IA. This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement and provides excellent company benefits. Work schedule is a rotating shift in our continuous operation, which includes working alone and holidays. Regular attendance at work is an essential function of the job.


  • Transmission System Operation

  • Direct and coordinate switching for scheduled maintenance and emergencies.

  • Monitor system flows and maintain proper voltages.

  • Draft and review switch orders.

  • Respond to system alarms indicated by the System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) computer and dispatch personnel to normalize the system.

  • Real Time Communication

  • Communicate clearly and succinctly with NERC-designated operating counterparties such as the Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Authorities, and Transmission Operators.

  • Respond to Operating Instructions with three-part communication protocol.

  • Communicate and coordinate with member systems regarding outages and requests for interruption.

  • Coordinate dispatch of power plant generating units by communicating real time availability of the plant to the Balancing Authority, and take the Balancing Authority’s directives to initiate startup, shutdown, and changing the loading of generating units.

  • Coordinate site emergency response and One Call locate requests.

  • Generation System Operation

  • Assist with generating plant control room operations by interacting with generation control computers to bring generating units online, offline, as well as initiate changes in loading.

  • Monitoring generating unit and auxiliary process values and trends.

  • Respond to, investigate, and troubleshoot plant equipment alarms, coordinating with plant personnel to normalize plant equipment.

  • Recordkeeping

  • Record and communicate control room activities in the written logbooks, SCADA system software, and company email.

  • Record hourly meter readings for generation and transmission systems.

  • Update transmission system dispatch board to reflect power flow and other system statuses.

  • Compile regular facility operations reports regarding outages, energy usage, meter readings, operating hours, water usage, fuel usage, and other items.

    Requirements and Critical Success Factors

  • High School diploma or GED.

  • Must have successfully completed Electric Utility System Operation Training (or equivalent) within one year of employment in this position

  • Ability to safely and properly use tools including but not limited to computer, SCADA software, two-way radios, telephone, calculator, and copier.

  • Ability to identify and mitigate electrical safety hazards, both locally and remotely.

  • Ability to read and understand operations manuals and electrical schematics. Ability to clearly communicate with others to accomplish tasks in respectful and efficient manner.

  • Ability to perform routine job-related recordkeeping quickly, completely, and accurately.

  • Ability to comprehend and retain detailed written, electronic, and verbal instruction.

  • Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot emergent, unforeseen problems.

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and respond to multiple tasks in a timely fashion.

  • Ability to maintain awareness of imminent and potential safety hazards and take immediate preventive action by way of personal communication and remote control.

  • Ability to assess conditions and execute decisions in emergency situations.

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  • CIPCO provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Pension plan

  • 401(k) with company match

  • Short-term and long-term disability

  • Life Insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid time off, and much more.

    About CIPCO

    CIPCO is a generation and transmission electric cooperative built by member cooperatives and the communities they serve. With a balanced, 24/7 energy portfolio, CIPCO is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, safe, and reliable energy. CIPCO and its 13 members serve over 300,000 Iowans in 58 Iowa counties. CIPCO’s principal place of business is Des Moines, Iowa, with locations in Cedar Rapids, Creston, and Wilton.

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