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Power Distributors and Dispatchers

Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Respond to emergencies, such as transformer or transmission line failures, and route current around affected areas.
    • Prepare switching orders that will isolate work areas without causing power outages, referring to drawings of power systems.
    • Control, monitor, or operate equipment that regulates or distributes electricity or steam, using data obtained from instruments or computers.
    • Direct personnel engaged in controlling or operating distribution equipment or machinery, such as instructing control room operators to start boilers or generators.
    • Coordinate with engineers, planners, field personnel, or other utility workers to provide information such as clearances, switching orders, or distribution process changes.
    • Monitor and record switchboard or control board readings to ensure that electrical or steam distribution equipment is operating properly.
    • Distribute or regulate the flow of power between entities, such as generating stations, substations, distribution lines, or users, keeping track of the status of circuits or connections.
    • Inspect equipment to ensure that specifications are met or to detect any defects.
    • Record and compile operational data, such as chart or meter readings, power demands, or usage and operating times, using transmission system maps.
    • Manipulate controls to adjust or activate power distribution equipment or machines.
    • Implement energy schedules, including real-time transmission reservations or schedules.
    • Track conditions that could affect power needs, such as changes in the weather, and adjust equipment to meet any anticipated changes.
    • Calculate load estimates or equipment requirements to determine required control settings.
    • Tend auxiliary equipment used in the power distribution process.
    • Repair, maintain, or clean equipment or machinery, using hand tools.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 90380/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 43.45/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 890
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Mainframe computers
    • Electrical control panels for generators
    • Distribution or control board fixtures

    Technology

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