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Distribution Substation Operator (DSO)

Job Summary

To effectively monitor and evaluate the flow of power in and out of the substation, updating operating manuals and ensuring the safety of workers, operating equipment, and the environment.

  • Minimum Qualification: HND
  • Experience Level: Entry level
  • Experience Length: No Experience/Less than 1 year

Job Description/Requirements

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Control equipment such as circuit breakers to regulate the flow of electricity through substations and overhead distribution lines to customers.
  • Record the readings of switchboard instruments to compile data concerning quantities of electric power used for substation operation and amount distributed from the station.
  • Communicate with load dispatcher to report the amount of electricity received into a substation and to receive switching instructions.
  • Report outages, load data to load dispatcher and receive switching instructions.
  • Records temperature and oil levels of transformers at specified intervals.
  • Place protective tags through established safe clearance procedures for all equipment in the plant and substation.
  • Take note of changes in load allocations and make routine adjustments to meet such changes without immediate supervision. Report unusual situations to supervisor.
  • Maintains daily operating log on all operations, both routine and emergency, and reports online outages and weather conditions.
  • Pull circuit breaker switch or push buttons to interrupt the flow of current in disturbed line preparatory to repair and connect the alternate circuit to carry the load of de-energized lines.
  • Inspect, operate, and maintain substations and distribution apparatus consistent with safety regulations.
  • Switch and maintain substation equipment for proper operation.
  • Prepare the equipment for operation and starts, stop and control the units.
  • Perform switching operations in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Records hourly readings of indicating and integrating meters, and changes, marks, and checks charts of recording instruments.
  • Implement a safe working practice within the sub-station, follow up on operational ethics & safety standards.
  • Awareness of the condition of the equipment (both indoor and outdoor) within the station and relay any abnormality to the area control.
  • Carry out a proper inspection before/and after the resumption and closing time.

Job Requirements: 

  • HND/Bachelors in any technical/engineering related discipline.
  • 0 to 3 years relevant experience in the engineering or technical field.

Required skills:

  • Business Focus/Organization Knowledge.
  • Time Management.
  • Communication. (Oral & written)
  • Interpersonal Relationship.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Analysis & Reporting.
  • Critical Thinking.
  • HSE Awareness.
  • Knowledge of the Network Grid.
  • Knowledge of Transformers.

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