Major Multi-State Investor Owned Utility
Our utility, like many others, went through a major period of reorganization and realignment for almost the last 2 years beginning early 2012.
Over that time period, we changed Reliability Coordinators, moved our Balancing Control Center and actually changed which NERC region and RTO we coordinated operations with. During that time many of our operators retired and we had a difficult time understanding which end was up!
We needed access to a supply of experienced and Certified NERC System Operators in two control centers in two states who would learn our desks and procedures, work reliably as scheduled and allow our Chief System Operators and the rest of team some peace of mind that Safety, Reliability and Compliance would never be compromised. PReP Intl provided 4 immediate operators – 2 seasoned retirees and 2 NERC Certified Navy Nukes in June 2012. When we needed 3 we worked 3.
At some point in 2013 we had 6-7 PReP Professionals working at one time. 18 months later and after everything settled down our operations has pretty much returned to normal. Managing under that much pressure and uncertainty is never fun, but having access to the Professionals at PReP Intl made my job and my team’s jobs possible. PReP Intl was able to respond in real time. Every talented professional they sent our way was competent, capable and committed. Having them around also helped make our teams and my bosses more confident.
We regret because of the uncertainties, we were not able to snag a couple of them to join us full time, but perhaps some day in the future we will. We certainly tried. If your operations need senior operators to help train junior ones on a part-time or interim basis, or you need help finding talent who can hit the ground running that are already “Prequalified and Ready”, we can certainly recommend PReP Intl for your mission critical real time system operator roles.
Midwest Investor Owned Utility
The energy landscape is evolving. As regulation changes, a once simpler process of promoting from within for operator roles is now more complex as we onboard about half of our operator talent from outside. Meeting the challenges of reliability is more essential than ever. Our System Operations Center faces a period of unprecedented complexity. This complexity echoes throughout the industry.
As our vendor, PReP Intl understands that our system needs individualized attention. Their firm continues to be the specialist in System Operator manpower in North America. We prefer to work with experts. By being a specialist in the industry and operations, PReP Intl gives our group more value than just staffing. Their solutions help us adapt to change and improve talent management and organization development as well. PReP Intl has deep diversified utility experience coupled with a concentration in the compliance, training and NERC regulatory field. Their staff is expert in NERC compliance and operations, customer-focused and professional. PReP Intl has a selection process methodology that has been tested and refined with a variety of utility companies in all regions and entity registration types. PReP talent helps us create predictability and longevity. With any other firm we would likely spend as much time explaining our needs as evaluating their proposed solutions. Using PReP Intl for our talent management and human capital management saves time, money and reduces risk.
ALCOA Power Generating Inc.
Cleveland Public Power
Guest Post by PReP Intl Consultant
Finding myself unemployed after 30 years in the electrical utility business as a System Operator and not yet quite ready to retire, I met Matt Sadinsky and PReP Intl via a social media site. Matt encouraged me to consider temporary contract employment with a large utility in the south as a means to acquire new skills, contacts and help his client manage a set of large changes and challenges.
Being from the West Coast, I was initially hesitant to make such a commitment. I was concerned about what being an independent consultant means after a career/lifetime as an employee and was unsure if this would work out. After a few sleepless nights, I agreed to take on the challenge. Matt guided me through the pre-employment processing in days, and setup a meeting with the company. In a few weeks, I signed a 3 month contract with an option for an additional 3 months. I worked in two locations as an operator, managing various duties, using my knowledge of operations and history of experiences across operations on desks and in an area of the country that was brand new. During these six months, I learned how to be an even more effective operator and found my opinions and experience were quite valuable, appreciated and needed. I helped the operations teams at this major utility transition through a complex time, assuring reliability and compliance while mentoring some newer operators and making new life long associates and friends.
Matt is very thorough and knowledgeable when it comes to system operations and the operator’s job. He really understands the unique aspects of the position. Additionally, he knows the recruiting and human resource aspects of the industry and has the personal contacts to get your foot in the door. PReP Intl is like having your own professional agency when it comes to landing a System Operator position.
After completing my 6 month engagement with the company, I was able to parley my experience and contacts into several job interviews and job offers. I owe a great deal of this success to Matt, and the PReP Intl organization for affording me the opportunity to get right back into the game. I am now in a much better position to call the shots when it comes to my career options and opportunities.