Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 10,000 people employed as power distributors and dispatchers in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $95,100.
Entry level employees earn approximately $58,450 per year and senior employees earn approximately $129,010
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Coordinate with engineers, planners, field personnel, or other utility workers to provide information such as clearances, switching orders, or distribution process changes.
- Distribute or regulate the flow of power between entities, such as generating stations, substations, distribution lines, or users, keeping track of the status of circuits or connections.
- Record and compile operational data, such as chart or meter readings, power demands, or usage and operating times, using transmission system maps.
- Manipulate controls to adjust or activate power distribution equipment or machines.
- Track conditions that could affect power needs, such as changes in the weather, and adjust equipment to meet any anticipated changes.
- Calculate load estimates or equipment requirements to determine required control settings.
- Direct personnel engaged in controlling or operating distribution equipment or machinery, such as instructing control room operators to start boilers or generators.
- Monitor and record switchboard or control board readings to ensure that electrical or steam distribution equipment is operating properly.
- Inspect equipment to ensure that specifications are met or to detect any defects.
- Implement energy schedules, including real-time transmission reservations or schedules.
- Tend auxiliary equipment used in the power distribution process.
- Control, monitor, or operate equipment that regulates or distributes electricity or steam, using data obtained from instruments or computers.
- Repair, maintain, or clean equipment or machinery, using hand tools.
- Respond to emergencies, such as transformer or transmission line failures, and route current around affected areas.
- Prepare switching orders that will isolate work areas without causing power outages, referring to drawings of power systems.