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Military Fellowship Program - Associate Transmission System Operator

Date: Jun 10, 2021

Location: RICHMOND, VA, US, 23227

Company: Dominion Energy

At Dominion Energy we love our jobs.  That’s right.  Love.  Every day we go to work filled with passion to be excellent, to creatively problem solve and to innovate.  These are exciting days for energy companies, and Dominion Energy aims to shape the future of energy in America. We are looking at all of our work with fresh eyes, retooling everything we do, in every part of the company, to operate more sustainably and to deliver energy more reliably than ever.  We are looking for interesting, independent thinkers and doers who can help shape the culture of a forward-looking company that’s proud of its rich legacy. Are you a change agent?  Do you think differently?  Do you want to fall in love with your job? If you answered “yes,” then read on!



The Dominion Energy Military Fellowship Program is a corporate internship which aligns with the Department of Defense SkillBridge program.  SkillBridge authorization allows eligible servicemembers with command approval to participate in corporate internships as their place of duty up to 180 days prior to separation.


Servicemember Requirements

To enroll in a corporate internship while still on active duty, the servicemember must be able to meet eligibility compliance, and receive command approval.  Once an internship offer has been extended, the servicemember may proceed in routing a completed program application for command awareness and approval.  The internship cannot commence until you are 180 days or less from your separation date (i.e., EAOS, EAS).

  • Have met all instructional criteria outlined in DODI 1322.29, and relevant Service instructions
  • Obtain command approval to participate (i.e., signature required on Intern Application)
  • Provide final notification of command approval to the Employer

Job Summary

Dominion Energy has one (1) Military Fellowship position for an Associate Transmission System Operator.  This work experience may be up to 12 weeks in duration as agreed upon by the selected Service member and approved by their military command.


Job Description:


The Associate Transmission System Operator role works under direct supervision to take and/or direct timely and appropriate real-time actions to maintain the reliability of the Bulk Electric System, during both normal and emergency conditions. Critical, reliability-related tasks are performed under the direct, continuous supervision and observation of a Transmission System Operator, Senior Transmission System Operator, or Supervisor-Electric Transmission Operations.


Associate Transmission System Operator requirements and responsibilities include the following.


  • Obtains PJM and NERC certifications within 12 months of start date.
  • Successfully completes relevant task verifications within 24 months of start date.
  • Monitors elements of the bulk electric system and responds to status changes.
  • Responds to disturbances, emergency events and other changes in weather or system conditions, and makes the appropriate internal and external notifications.
  • Monitors voltage and reactive power flows and utilizes reactive resources to maintain voltage schedules.
  • Prepares switching orders that will isolate work areas and provides a safe zone of protection for both field personnel and equipment.
  • Provides verbal instructions to field personnel engaged in switching operations, and makes the appropriate internal and external notifications.
  • Controls transmission and distribution equipment using Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) as needed.
  • Monitors and regulates the flow of power among interconnected entities.
  • Logs system activities for routine reporting to ensure the accuracy of operational records.


  • Military service members and veterans with ranks from E3-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O3, plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined below.
  • Requires two-plus years of directly related electrical or mechanical experience (Note: A partial year of related work experience of 6 months or greater will be considered one year towards the qualifications; A master’s degree can count as one year experience)
  • Beginner-level knowledge: Mathematics, Safety and emergency procedures)
  • Beginner-level skills: Computer systems (Microsoft Office), Verbal and written communications, Interpersonal, Complex problem-solving, Teamwork and collaboration.
  • Abilities: Critical thinking, Attention to detail, Effectiveness in high stress situations, Personable, flexible and dependable, Honest and ethical
  • Preferred knowledge: Beginner-level knowledge of NERC and PJM regulations, Electrical principles (flow of electricity, magnetism, inductance, capacitance, direct and alternating currents, etc.), Electrical control systems (electrical controls and motors, motor controls and starters, relays, overloads, control circuits, etc.), Substation equipment and operations, Power station operations and generation
  • This position requires you to operate a Dominion Energy vehicle or operate a vehicle on Dominion Energy's behalf
  • In this role you will be expected to report and respond to emergency storm related events.
  • The work schedule for this position requires you to work 12 hour rotating shifts


Education Requirements

An Associate’s degree is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and demonstrated related experience may be accepted in lieu of preferred level of education.


Degree majors or disciplines preferred include:  Electrical, Engineering, Industrial, Mechanical, or other related programs.

Licenses, Certifications, or Quals Description

Working Conditions

Office Work Environment 76 -100%


Work schedules are to be determined by the hiring leader in agreement with the fellow.

  • Schedules should align with departments regular work schedule(s) and may include flex schedules.
  • Work hours should not exceed 40 hours per week or 80 hours per 2 weeks.
  • Military fellows should not work overtime hours unless previously arranged for developmental or special business purposes.

Test Description

This job requires recommended test results from the EEI�System Operator/Power Dispatcher (SOPD II) aptitude test, administered on site during the pre-employment process. To view the practice test, cut and paste the following URL in your browser,


NOTE:  Testing will be conducted prior to a full-time employment opportunity.


Export Control

Certain positions at Dominion Energy may involve access to information and technology subject to export controls under U.S. law.  Compliance with these export controls may result in Dominion Energy limiting its consideration of certain applicants.


Other Information

We offer excellent plans and programs for employees. Employees are rewarded with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which may include: health benefits with coverage for families and domestic partners, vacation, retirement plans, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and much more.   To learn more about our benefits, click here

Dominion Energy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status.  

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