Control Room Operator

Date Job Posted: July 4, 2024
  • Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
  • Type: Permanent
  • Job #211

About the company

Our client develops and manages generation assets (wind, photovoltaic, hydraulic, combined cycle, thermal and storage) with a global approach, and offers development, construction, operation and maintenance services for its facilities.
 
About the role

Reporting to the Control Room Manager, we are seeking a Control Room Operator to be based in Canberra.
 
Key responsibilities
 

  • Remotely monitor the companies assets from the Control Center in Canberra, in accordance with the requirements of AEMO (the Australian Energy Market Operator), National Electricity Rules (NER), safety requirements, performance maximization, all following procedures and equipment manuals. 
  • Assets and processes monitoring to ensure that operation is in accordance with all relevant operational requirements as well as monitor performance and condition of equipment recognizing any deviation from normal conditions.
  • Real-time monitoring of equipment and substations, facing incidents, trips, warnings,… promptly reacting to try to reduce impact in operation.
  • Actively follow up execution of required actions to solve warnings, un-availabilities, underperformance or other deviations with Remote O&M Control Rooms and or Site Managers/ Supervisors.
  • Actively monitoring of asset compliance with energy targets, Generator Performance Standards and other parameters.
  • Execution of remote manoeuvres due to instructions imposed by the Market Operator (AEMO). 
  • Analysis of data evolution reflected in the SCADA systems and acting on the controls of the power plant in accordance with the established regulations and operating plans. 
  • Direct communication with Regional Manager and or Site Managers for the coordination of programmed and non-programmed works, as well as notification of serious incidents in the grid or asset´s equipment that require local action. 
  • Real time interlocution with the Market Operator (AEMO) to attend any requirement.
  • Real time interlocution with Transmission network service providers according to Operating Protocols in place for each of the assets.
  • Operational incident recording and reporting.
  • Actuate according to Emergency Response Plans in place for each of the assets.
  • Managing supplier relationships ensuring contractual terms are met.
  • Execute daily reporting activities.
  • Performance analysis activities assigned to Control Room Operators
  • Keep up to date appropriate records in Control Room Logbook.
  • Collaborate in procedure development related to Control Room activities.

Trading activities:

  • Have basic exposure to Australian Energy Markets.
  • Monitor Energy markets consistently throughout the shift.
  • Actively analyse Energy markets to optimize position.
  • Complete short, medium and real-time availability bidding.
  • Survey auto-bidders activity, executing manual corrections when needed according to procedures.
  • Actively bid assets in Energy Markets when required.
  • Execute short-term trading strategies.
  • Collaborate with other operators and traders to implement market-related initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance with corporate and industry requirements.

Skills & Experience
 

  • 2 years of experience in control and monitoring positions
  • Basic knowledge of practices, functions and processes that operation of a generation plant entails (preferable renewable).
  • Basic knowledge of the operation of the Australian energy market.
  • Data analysis capacity
  • Excel high level
  • Training related to wind turbines, batteries and or solar farms will be positively regarded.
  • Training in control systems will be positively regarded.
  • Training in data management will be positively regarded.

Qualifications

  • Vocational Educational Training (VET) or an Associate Degree. Preferably Electrical, Renewable or IT.
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