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Water and Power Dispatcher (6467)

Water and Power Dispatcher

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: PK88
  • Class Code: 6467
  • Established: 11/17/1966
  • Revised: 04/25/1989
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, conducts the real-time operation of the State Water Project to meet water delivery requirements to contracting water agencies and coordinates the department's interconnected electric utility operation; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Exercises functional control of field division operating personnel in carrying out the duties of dispatching water and power operation schedules and orders to the area control centers from the State Water Project Operations Center; monitors generation resources, power flows over ties, power demand, frequency, control error, water flows through storage facilities, conveyance checks, pumping plants and water customer stations, water quality stations, and earthquake activity through seismic event detection equipment; revises preschedules as necessary due to changes in State Water Project water demands, abnormal or emergency operating conditions, or on demand obligations by others; provides emergency services to other agencies; arranges transactions on an hourly basis for the sale and/or purchase of energy including determination of price; prepares and issues routine switching orders and clearances; coordinates State Water Project operations with other water and power agencies; maintains a log of all water and power orders; prepares a daily report of operations for previous 24 hours.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


1. One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Senior Hydroelectric Plant Operator.




2. Two years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Hydroelectric Plant Operator.



Two years of experience as an electrical generating or pumping plant or substation shift operator, responsible for and having complete switching jurisdiction over the switching station, substations and generating stations in the territory assigned to him/her.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles of electric power generation and distribution; capacities and operating characteristics of all generating and pumping plants and facilities in the State Water Project system; location, capacity, switching points on power transmission systems within and related to the State system; procedures to follow in emergencies; protective systems and their operation; switching procedure, operation and routing of water through aqueduct, pumping plant, hydroelectric power plant, reservoir, check gate, and turnout systems; water and power metering devices and systems; principles of hydraulics and operation of water storage, conveyance, and distribution systems; digital computer equipment used in scheduling of project operations; operation and application of communication systems used in the State Water Project; interconnected power system operation using a modern process control and data acquisition main frame computer system.


Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; operate automated control systems; analyze situations quickly and accurately and take effective action; prepare reports.

Special Personal Characteristics

Normal hearing, sight (correction permitted), and normal color vision; color vision adequate to perform the essential duties of the job.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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