Sr Distribution System Operator-ComEd, Joliet, IL

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Location: JOLIET, IL, United States
Organization: ComEd
Job ID: 241065
Date Posted: Sep 2, 2022
Job: Production/Operations

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Job Description


Be a part of something powerful at America's premier energy provider!

At Exelon, we are united by our values and shared vision for a cleaner and brighter future. We encourage curiosity, value diverse perspectives and we never stop looking for ways to be, work and do better. We know the future is in our hands. That's why we're looking for people like you, who have the power to make a difference.

As the nation's largest utility company, we serve more than 10 million customers through six fully regulated transmission and distribution utilities: Atlantic City Electric (ACE), Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Delmarva Power & Light (DPL), PECO Energy Company (PECO), and Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco). All 18,000 of us are committed to delivering safe, reliable and affordable energy to our customers, strengthening our communities, supporting a clean energy future and reducing our impact on the changing climate.

Our people are the heart and soul of our business. Whether it's powering lives, supporting communities or collaborating with colleagues, an Exelon employee is talented, compassionate, forward-thinking and inspired. We are empowered to evolve and advance our careers in an open and inclusive environment. We pride ourselves on being the kind of place where people want to come and stay. We know that investing in our employees' futures strengthens ours, which is why we offer competitive compensation, incentives and health and retirement benefits.


Optimize the practices, policies, procedures and programs to operate the electric distribution system in a safe, reliable and efficient manner with the welfare of employees, customers, the public and shareholders in mind. Follow established operating practices and procedures as they relate to customer restoration, switching and operating for scheduled and emergent work. Manage real-time system alarm status and loading conditions. Perform system restoration during storms and emergency events. Perform the work of receiving, recording, routing, dispatching customer calls, information, orders, and emergency calls. Serve as the tagging authority by leading and directing the application of the safety tagging procedures. Execute line clearance orders by confirming and directing the placement of tags. Lead, direct and supervise associates in restoring customers and safely clearing and restoring equipment. Control and operate the 4kV and 12kV distribution system and 34kV sub-transmission system. Span of control includes all devices connected to the sub-transmission and distribution system, up to and including the following substation equipment: distribution circuit breakers, distribution busses, station aux power transformers, distribution transformers, transformer primary devices (69kV, 138kV), 69kV and 138kV busses, bus ties and incoming transmission line devices. Control and operate the 69kV system and radial 138kV transmission system, including all associated substation equipment. Respond to electrical service interruptions involving all distribution and sub-transmission mentioned above. Perform electrical switching on a planned, emergent and emergency basis on the 4kV and 12kV distribution system, the 34kV and 69kV sub-transmission system and the radial 138kV transmission system. Maintain system voltages as well as line and equipment loadings within acceptable limits. Maintain and apply a working knowledge of the Exelon Management Model for business controls and meet management's expectation for conducting effective business. Position may be required to work extended hours, including 24 x 7 coverage during storms or other energy delivery emergencies.


  • Follow established policies, procedures and guidelines on distribution system operations. Maintain the system integrity, reliability and security of the transmission and distribution system, which includes 4kV, 12kV, 34kV, 69kV and 138kV circuits, feeders, and lines including all associated substation equipment in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. (25%)
  • Gather and analyze system data to determine the feasibility of switching requests. Verify the safe and efficient operation of the electrical system. (20%)
  • Compile switching routines within system loading and system configuration parameters and provide guidelines to ensure proper clearance for switching requests. Develop and provide emergencyswitching plans based on last contingencies (15%)
  • Direct and supervise all electrical switching, placement of safety tags and testing activities on the system in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. (10%)
  • Notify and direct appropriate personnel including but not limited to Operating, Construction, Customer and Contractor Personnel, as may be needed to take the necessary actions associated with outages, equipment failure, emergencies and various events on the distribution system. (10%)
  • Maintain system voltages, line and equipment loadings within acceptable limits (5%)
  • Keep supervisors informed of abnormal system conditions, major customer outages and equipment related problems (5%)
  • Maintain current system status information on SCADA displays, operating maps and switching routines. Interface with mapping and monitor the accuracy of new maps issued for project diagram and other related work. (5%)
  • Maintain operating log, interruption reports and associated records to accurately record system status and sequence of events. (5%)


  • Functional control over various operating, construction, testing, customer and contractor groups in the performance of electrical switching, repair, testing and related work activities involving lines, transformers, and other equipment under the jurisdiction of the System Dispatcher. The different groups include Substation and overhead operating, overhead and underground maintenance, substation maintenance, Distribution Testing and Substation Testing.
  • The consequences of operating errors or improper system operation could cost the company millions of dollars in direct, indirect and intangible costs such as the loss of customer good will, damaged company equipment, damaged customer equipment and damage to the company's public image.
  • Independent judgment is essential in making the real time decisions necessary to maintain the integrity, reliability and security of the EED distribution system.


  • Minimum of 3 years combined experience as a Distribution System Dispatcher II and/or Distribution System Dispatcher I, with no less than 1 year at the Distribution System Dispatcher II level OR
  • High school diploma or equivalent AND minimum of 8 years electric transmission / distribution experience
  • Thorough understanding of the EED distribution system, the ability to recognize system configuration and loading issues, ability to formulate contingency plans and thorough knowledge and understanding of proper operating procedures obtained through successful completion of formal OCC training
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and judgment
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to emergencies and manage stressful situations
  • Ability to work shift work
  • Candidate must receive a 'Recommended' result on the System Operator / Power Dispatch (SOPD) test to be eligible for consideration

  • Bachelors Degree in Electric Engineering
  • Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering

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