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Associate Operator - Control Room at First Solar Electric LLC

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Tempe, Arizona

Job Description:

Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world’s energy mix.


Primary Job Functions:

Job Title:                            Associate Control Room Operator                          

Reports To:                        Operations Supervisor

FLSA Job Status:               Non-Exempt

Basic Job Functions:

The Associate Control Room Operator will play a key role in assisting the Operations Supervisor by pursuing maximum possible revenue deliveries, identifying and initiating appropriate response plans for alarm conditions that may place safety or production at risk, and implementing all applicable regulatory and contractual obligations as they apply to real-time operations fleet wide. The Associate Control Room Operator I will be responsible for coordinating day to day operations activities for a diverse portfolio of generating facilities under the jurisdiction of many balancing authorities, transmission providers, and scheduling entities.

  • Monitors and operates many large and small aggregate generators; familiar with use of multiple monitoring and control platforms.

  • Evaluate complicated operating situations against multiple regulatory and contractual obligations: operating contracts (O&M Agreement, Power Purchase Agreement, Interconnect Agreement), Balancing Authority tariffs, business practice manuals, transmission and scheduling entity operating handbooks, FSOM operating agreements, and and any NERC standards applicable to the generator operator / generator owner.

  • For equipment under O&M jurisdiction, during equipment changes, safeguards the Generator Owner by enforcing FSOM change management policies, protecting Generator Owner compliance.

  • For equipment not yet under O&M jurisdiction, provides monitoring to recognize any high priority alarm conditions that may place FS at risk under applicable operating contracts and regulations. Provides recommendations to Commissioning for the purpose of mitigating risk, which recommendations from time to time may involve complicated business trade-offs.

  • Operate multiple power plant control systems technologies across the fleet, understanding the behavior and capabilities of each technology; predict grid response to any control action; implement voltage schedules according to operating agreements and contracts.

  • Initiate and document an appropriate alarm response plan for all trouble indications in accordance with FS procedure, including: documenting low-impact and low-risk trouble indications in FS’ CMMS system for planned response; coordinating immediate response for high risk or high impact trouble indications, providing all notifications required by contracts and regulations to the Owner, Transmission Provider, and Scheduling Entity.

  • Perform failure analysis using historical data for inverter trips and performance reductions, failures of MV and HV equipment, network equipment, and control systems. Assigns outage classifications to ensure all monthly reporting obligations are met and provide reliability data for First Solar use in future process development and site development.

  • Maximize the fleet’s overall value through interactions with maintenance teams across the fleet; understand contractual dispatch obligations for each resource; understand the energy impact of all outages in the context of effective availability and performance requirements; always challenge the maintenance team to maximize the owner’s revenue and FS bonus; maximize value when accomplishing required maintenance.

  • During a failure of the forecasting system, use a pre-written worksheet and FSOM procedures to manually generate and deliver all forecasts.

  • Maintains the operator log for tracking: capacity offline to ensure accurate up-to-date forecasting; trouble conditions and status for purposes of turnover and customer reporting; change in status of any contract or services; control actions implemented at the site or by FSOC; interactions with external regulatory entities

  • Provides contractually-required failure notifications using the operator log

  • For Balancing Authorities that run Capacity Markets, reports capacity in real-time as required by the Market Tariff and Power Purchase Agreement. For Balancing Authorities that run Energy Markets, reports significant outages, and ensures the forecasting system will capture any outage’s impact for subsequent hours by logging shortfalls.

  • Provide safety review for any Procedure written to a specific Task by the maintenance team, to ensure that for any Medium Voltage or High Voltage switching operations: minimum isolation requirements are met according to FSOM policies and OSHA/NFPA/NETA requirements, and switching instructions are consistent with Good Utility Practice.


  • 6 years experience in power plant operations with high voltage experience.

  • Able to demonstrate competent technical knowledge of general plant and system processes, electrical and SCADA systems.

  • Able to demonstrate competent technical knowledge in analyzing equipment performance and identifying performance issues using software tools


  • Degree with emphasis in power systems or formal operations apprenticeship training or equivalent

  • Experience may be considered if relevant

Required Skills:


  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities and ensure safety, quality and schedule adherence.

  • Ability to take direction, identify problems, develop solutions, conduct analysis independently and in collaboration with others

  • Ability to work in a high stress environment where decisions directly impact personnel safety and equipment reliability


  • Proficient computer skills using MS Excel, MS Project, MS Word, and Outlook

  • Experience working with and troubleshooting plant SCADA systems and computerized maintenance management systems. (Maximo)

  • Knowledge of Power System Dynamics required for predicting grid impact during control actions

  • Understanding of electronic power system protection equipment purpose/behavior is required

  • VBA and/or SQL Experience is a plus


Language Requirements






Bachelors: Operations Management (Required)


Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role.  All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role.  All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.