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Central Iowa Power Cooperative Transmission Dispatcher in Creston, Iowa

Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) is currently searching for a Transmission Dispatcher to join the team in Creston, IA. This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement and provides excellent company benefits.


  • Direct and coordinate switching for scheduled maintenance and emergencies.

  • Monitor system flows and maintain proper voltages.

  • Draft and review switch orders.

  • Respond to system alarms indicated by the System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) computer and dispatch personnel to normalize system.

  • Work schedule is a rotating shift in our continuous operation, which includes working alone and holidays. Regular attendance at work is an essential function of the job.

  • Activate computer controls to start and put combustion turbine generators and reciprocating engine generators on/off line.

  • Monitor computers and printouts to ensure the proper operation of turbines, reciprocating engines and generators.

  • Respond to system alarms and initiate actions necessary to normalize the system.

  • Coordinate initiation of additional power generation, as directed.

  • Record control room activities in the log book.

  • Record hourly meter readings for generation and transmission systems.

  • Manually update transmission system dispatch board to reflect changes in current flow.

  • Record ambient outside temperature hourly.

  • Compile month-end kilowatt-hour usage reports.

    Requirements and Critical Success Factors

  • High School diploma or GED.

  • Must have successfully completed an accredited Basic Electrical or Electronics course, or equivalent experience.

  • Must complete computer-based combustion turbine training program within one year of employment with a score of 80% or higher. Continued employment is contingent upon completing this training.

  • Ability to perform routine job-related record keeping.

  • Ability to verbally communicate with co-workers and other utility personnel.

  • Ability to properly use personal computers, SCADA, Two-way radios, telephone, calculator, and copier.

  • Ability to comprehend and retain written and verbal instruction.

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and respond to multiple tasks in a timely fashion.

  • Ability to assess conditions and execute decisions in emergency situations.

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  • CIPCO provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Pension plan

  • 401(k) with company match

  • Short-term and long-term disability

  • Life Insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid time off, and much more.

    About CIPCO

    CIPCO is Iowa's largest cooperative energy provider serving 13 rural electric cooperatives and associations spanning 58 of Iowa's 99 counties. CIPCOs' members distribute power to nearly 300,000 Iowans and more than 12,000 commercial and industrial accounts.

    CIPCO is a state-of-the-art energy provider with a diverse fuel mix of coal, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas, natural gas, and oil energy resources. We continue to invest in new technology and renewable energy production, supporting Iowa’s development of renewable energy resources. Over half of our electricity is generated from emission- and carbon-free resources, minimizing the impact to the environment.

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