Grid Operations Engineer - Butte, MT

$57,200 - $123,000 yearly
  • Northwestern Energy
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full time Engineering Installation-Maint-Repair Maintenance Skilled Labor Training

Job Description



POSTING DATES: May 27, 2021 through June 10, 2021


Grid Operations Engineer



Work Location

Butte, MT


6-9 ($57,200 to $123,000)

Employment Status

Regular Full-time

Employment Physical

Not Required

Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit



The Grid Operations-Operations Engineer performs varying functions in the real time operation group. This will be mainly focused on Outage Coordination, Contingency Analysis (RTCA), Training development and delivery, Procedure development and writing, Maintenance and Management of an Energy Management System (EMS), and t other various technical tasks required.


  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics
  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives
  • Coordinate transmission outages and maintenance, duties include the learning and use of the Coordinated Outage Management, Planning and Scheduling System (COMPASS) and the Peak Reliability Control Room Operations Window (CROW)
  • Local Engineering contact for the Grid Operations Department
  • Perform operational real-time and next day studies using the Host Advance Applications (HAA) Real-time and Study Network Contingency Analysis tool and/or PSSE Software
  • Respond to NorthWestern Energy Division and local area request for data and support operations
  • Develop learning objectives that identify the knowledge and skills that System Operators must possess to be proficient in the tasks identified above
  • Conduct and/or coordinate classroom, On-The-Job (OJT), and multi-media training in accordance with program objectives; this could include working hours outside of the normal 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Support and use Open Access Technology International (OATI) tools including Curtailment Manager to post outages and make necessary Total Transfer Capability (TTC) adjustments
  • Review EMS alarms and perform grid data quality, reporting, and research
  • Perform monthly operation reports
  • Perform and complete NERC and WECC Event Analysis Reports
  • Monitor NorthWestern Energy's performance issues with NERC and WECC
  • Work on data visualization tools
  • Keep the Hosted Advanced Application (HANA) Contingency Analysis tool up to date and running properly
  • Work with the NorthWestern Energy Planning Department on transmission models and contingency results
  • Develop, coordinate, and work with Subject Matter Experts to deliver annual training for Blackstart and System Restoration in accordance with NERC requirements including training outside of Grid Operations (e.g. NWE Divisions and interconnecting Generator Operators (GOP))
  • Develop, coordinate, and work with Subject Matter Experts to deliver annual training for activation of the Backup Control Center (BUCC) in accordance with NERC requirements
  • Develop, coordinate, and work with Subject Matter Experts to deliver annual training related to emergency operations, including the use of drills, exercises, and simulation technology
  • Support NorthWestern Energy's Energy Management System (EMS)
  • Provide input and support for the compliance gap analysis process and NERC Audit preparation
  • Maintain awareness of changes in FERC, NERC, and WECC requirements for Balancing Authorities and Transmission Operators
  • Provide support for the maintenance and upkeep of the Energy Management System (EMS)
  • Some multi-day and overnight travel up to 15%. Extended hours may be required


  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, while keeping supervision apprised of project status
  • Must have a BS degree in Engineering, Electrical Engineering preferred
  • Ability to obtain a Professional Engineer's License is desired
  • Excellent communications and computer skills, and good to excellent technical writing skills required
  • Experience with PSSE or Alstom Software preferred
  • Have the ability to handle multiple conflicting tasks or projects and challenging situations
  • Must be organized and have the ability to work well with a wide variety of job functions
  • Very familiar with MS Outlook, Word and Excel. Plant Information (PI) software experience desired.
  • A valid Montana driver's license or the ability to obtain one is required


When considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements, employee development and job succession. If any of the preceding language conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit agreement will prevail.


External applicants should apply online at Internal applicants should apply online at iConnect. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 1-800-245-6977, or via email at