What is Electrical Transmission Systems?

nerc_logo_corp_color_dark.jpgThe focus of the Electrical Transmission Systems Technology program is on system operations and dispatching. The system operator is the person whose primary responsibility is ensuring the reliability of the transmission of electricity over the electrical grid and to consumers. System operators follow established procedures and monitor operational conditions to help ensure reliable service and economical use of resources.

System operators are responsible for complying with the NERC reliability standards.

System operators also prepare and coordinate switching procedures for routine and emergency work on the electric system. In the event of an electric system disturbance or failure, system operators quickly restore service in a safe and orderly manner through switching and radio directions given to field crews.

Applicable Job Titles
System Operator/Dispatcher
Transmission Operator (TOP's)
Generator Operator (GOP's)
Balancing Authority (BA's)
Reliability Coordinator (RC's)

Prospective students should be aware that most workers in this occupation must become NERC Certified, be willing to work a rotating shift, pay close attention and have confinement to duty during the shift period. Those employed in this industry must be able to handle stress, possess excellent communication skills, have above average computer skills and be able to handle multiple tasks. When applying for jobs applicants may also be required to pass a drug screen and an eye exam, including the ability to distinguish between colors accurately.