Job Requirements

Power System Operators/Controllers work in control centres to ensure the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of the transmission and distribution system through the use of specialized tools and software.

Educational requirements:

Successful completion of in-house operating training program offered by the employer is often required.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) administers the following certifications that are relevant to power transmission:

  • Transmission Operator (TOP) certification
  • Reliability Operator certification
  • Balancing and Interchange Operator certification
  • Balancing, Interchange and Transmission Operator certification

Transmission Operator (TOP) certification is required for performing all transmission operations. Certification for reliability and balancing/interchange may also be required for operators who perform these functions within their respective control centres. Certifications are maintained by meeting continuing education requirements every three years.

National Occupational Standard

NOS are a benchmark of the knowledge and abilities needed to be competent in a particular occupation. Developed by current job incumbents, NOS are a collection of the individual competencies that make up the whole picture of an occupation.

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Related NOC code:

  • 92100 – Power engineers and power systems operators

Working Conditions

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  • Power System Operators/Controllers complete their work in a control room setting, but shift work is required to ensure the functionality and integrity of the power grid.