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Chief System Operator

City of Rochester
Rochester, Minnesota
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    Full Time
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Chief System Operator


The City of Rochester is Minnesota’s third largest City with a population of more than 116,000. Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is the largest municipal utility in the State of Minnesota. serving over 57,000 electric customers and over 41,000 water customers in a 60 square mile service area, The Chief System Operator provides leadership for System Operators who monitor and direct the overall operation of the electric system to optimize the efficient, reliable, secure, economical, and safe operation of facilities and who have authority for the operation of the RPU electric system. This individual provides direction so that all operations ensure public and personnel safety, environmental protection, and regulatory compliance. Ensure compliance with all North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards. Perform System Operator responsibilities and tasks as needed.  


Distinguishing Characteristics
System Operators, including the Chief System Operator, are expected to exercise skilled independent judgment in handling unexpected or emergency situations and have absolute authority for the operation of the RPU electric system, to take or direct timely and appropriate real-time actions including shedding of firm load to prevent or alleviate System Operating Limit Interconnection or Reliability Operating Limit violations. 

The System Operator work schedule is based on a six week rotating shift consisting of 8 hour days and a combination of twelve-hour day / night shifts on a rotating basis with paid overtime as required. Work is generally performed in an indoor office environment.


2021 Starting salary range of $98,860 to $116,306, depending on qualifications with advancement to $145,382. An excellent benefits package is included. Applications will be accepted until the vacancies are filled with those received by November 21, 2021, receiving priority consideration.

For more specific information and to apply online, please visit our website, www.rochestermn.gov.

Equal Opportunity Employer


Minimum qualifications include an Associate's degree, or post-secondary training, from an accredited electrical technology program or closely related field AND five (5) years of progressively responsible, full-time employment experience in one or more of the following positions within the electric industry: system operations; power plant operations; line work; electrical engineering; electrician; or electronics technician, with at least three (3) years of supervisory/management/leadership experience directing professional or support staff.   A valid North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) System Operator certification and valid driver’s license are also required.


Posted: 2021-10-25 Expires: 2022-01-23

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