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Associate Operator


Location: Rensselaer, NY US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: August 31, 2022
Reference Code: 1039
Job Summary and Essential Functions

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) manages the efficient flow of electricity on more than 11,000 circuit-miles of high-voltage transmission lines, dispatching power from hundreds of generating units across the state. The NYISO's Operations department invites applications for full-time, Associate Operators in our Grid Operations group.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team tasked with ensuring that the flow of electricity to New York's people and business goes uninterrupted. The successful candidates will work in a brand new, state-of-the-art control center. The Control Center's video wall is the largest installation for the utility industry in North America. It's one hundred, 80- inch diagonal LED screens are stacked twenty-five wide by four high, spanning a space 131 feet wide and 18 feet tall.

The Associate Operator is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the flow of energy on the high voltage electrical grid that connects New York and surrounding areas, including New England, Quebec, and Ontario. Additionally, Associate Operators work in conjunction with other NYISO Power System Operators to respond to critical situations on the electrical grid, ensuring the continuous supply of electricity within New York.

This position requires shift work as the Operations Control Room is staffed 24x7x365. The shift schedules follow a 2-2 3-2 2-3 rotating shift pattern to provide 24/7 coverage.


  • No industry related experience required, however candidates with three or more years of related technical training and experience in an electrical utility organization, power systems training, US Navy nuclear or power plant training are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, apply and describe complex concepts; strong analytical skills and experience using various, complex software systems required.
  • If hired, must successfully complete the NYISO Concept of Electric System Operator Course and become a certified NERC Reliability Coordinator.
  • Associate's degree in Electrical Technology or related field desired.

You can read more about NYISO's state-of-the-art control room here: https://www.tdworld.com/asset-management-service/nyiso-opens-new-power-c...

The NYISO takes pride in recruiting, developing and retaining highly talented individuals. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a comprehensive benefits package and innovative reward programs.

The NYISO offers the flexibility to work both in the office and remotely, providing our employees with an enhanced work life balance. While the majority of the responsibilities of this role can be performed remotely, in most cases, employees will have periodic on-site requirements based on business needs. Full remote opportunities may be available in some cases.

NYISO requires a COVID vaccine as a condition of employment but complies with all state and federal laws. All offers of employment will be made contingent upon the successful completion of a drug screening and background check.

The NYISO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.
About this Employer‍

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is responsible for the reliable operation of New York’s nearly 11,000 miles of high-voltage transmission and the dispatch of more than 500 electric power generators. In addition, we administer bulk power markets that trade an average of $7.8 billion in electricity and related products annually.

As a not-for-profit independent system operator, we are governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. Participants and Stakeholders in New York’s electricity markets play a significant role in our unique shared governance system.

We employ more than 550 people and occupy two locations in New York's Capital Region. Given the technical complexity of our mission, over a quarter of the company’s staff are devoted to the development and support of information technology. We have a diverse and engaged workforce, and have been recognized as a top employer in the region.