AES United States System Operator Trainee in Dayton, Ohio

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Job Description

The System Operator Trainee is the first level of progression toward learning the safe, reliable and economic real time operation of the DP&L Bulk Electric System. The system operator maintains control of the transmission and distribution system through the use of multiple real time tools (SCADA system), simulation modeling, and various field inputs. The individual, upon certification, has the responsibility to maintain voltage profiles, power flows within safe operating limits, and coordinate all actions on the DP&L transmission system during both planned and unplanned events. Through formal class room training, interactive training, self-paced instruction, field trips and hands on operations, employees will demonstrate a self-motivated willingness to learn the System Operator job function.

Under direct supervision, System Operator trainees will learn and understand DP&L, Regulatory Agency and Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) operating policies and procedures. An individualized detailed training plan will be created for the successful applicant to ensure the candidate receives the required training for this role. The trainee will need to demonstrate proficiency in the required tasks for this position via check-off logs and testing to ensure the individual is prepared to operate the system.

System Operating is a 24X7 operation with individuals working a schedule which include nights, weekends and holidays. Team work both internally and with field resources is a fundamental requirement for this position. Personal flexibility and willingness to adjust schedules as necessary to take advantage of training opportunities will be critical to completion of the training process.

Job Responsibilities

System Operators are expected to operate the reliability dispatch function for the DP&L system, coordinate actions with neighboring utilities and the Regional Transmission Organization. They will be responsible for implementing the daily operational plan, keeping abreast or current electrical system status and implementing remedial action to compensate for system disturbances. The system operator the authority to direct company and contractor technical personnel including, but not limited to, Substation Electricians, Testers, Electric Line and Underground Technicians, Transmission Lineman, Distribution Dispatchers, and power plant personnel, involved with the real-time implementation of actions related to system security.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering is preferred, consummate experience will be evaluated.

  • Upon completion of necessary training, employees will be required to successfully pass the DP&L, NERC and PJM System Operator Certification tests.

This is a Full Time position located in Dayton, Ohio.

The Dayton Power and Light Company is the principal subsidiary of DPL Inc. (DPL), a regional energy provider and an AES company. DPL’s other significant subsidiaries include AES Ohio Generation, LLC (AES Ohio Gen), Miami Valley Insurance Company (MVIC), and Miami Valley Lighting, LLC (MVLt). The Dayton Power and Light Company, a regulated electric utility, provides service to over 515,000 customers in West Central Ohio. DPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. E-Verify Notice: DPL will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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