System Operations

Our specialists in System Operations monitor the Swiss extra-high-voltage grid around the clock, making sure that electricity is reliably transported and distributed across all parts of the country. Should there be fluctuations or unscheduled loads on the grid, our experts are first in line. They troubleshoot the problem and resolve it in close collaboration with the grid control rooms of our partners in Switzerland and abroad. They are pros at mastering critical grid situations and ensure the constant stability and reliability of the Swiss extra-high-voltage grid 24/7, making sure it is always available.

Our colleagues from System Operations work in a state-of-the-art environment in the grid control rooms in Aarau and Prilly. Work in the control centres is demanding and requires employees to be multilingual due to the international environment and close exchange between the two sites. Teamwork and excellent communication skills are also needed. Good mental stability is essential in order to keep a cool head and remain operational in stressful situations. Work in the control centre is organised in shifts according to the teams’ own planning schedules, taking into account the latest ergonomic findings. In order to accommodate flexible working hours, even for shift work, we also offer all positions with a reduced workload. Depending on their interests, our specialists are not only assigned to shift work, but are also given fixed office working hours so that they can contribute to other Swissgrid business areas. This enables us to support projects, opportunities for individual further training and employee participation in national and international committees, for instance. We also promote employee development by offering a large number of internal training programmes and individual language courses. This fully prepares our employees to move on to other areas of the company. However, there are also colleagues who appreciate the rhythm of shift work and can no longer imagine working normal office hours. Mike, for example:

Shift work is teamwork: together we analyse and solve a wide range of problems, even under stressful conditions. When I finish my shift, I pass on all the pending tasks to the person taking over from me, then I’m free to concentrate on my hobbies and my family. That’s real quality of life.

Michael Bühler, Principal System Operations


System Operator Job Portrait

It’s not just an office job, but rather a task that has visible consequences for the living standards of the Swiss people.

Thuy Trang Bach, Specialist System Operations

From the Swissgrid Control Center – our grid control room for the entire Swiss extra-high-voltage grid – Thuy Trang Bach continuously monitors the operation of the Swiss extra-high-voltage grid along with at least two other operators working in shifts. Trang and her team-mates monitor frequency, load flows and voltage in real time and define the measures to be taken to prevent an overload of the equipment. Should the frequency tolerance threshold be exceeded, they intervene to correct it. Trang also shares responsibility for the coordination of national and international trading schedules, which represent the exchange of energy planned in advance.

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