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Southwest 2011 Outage

The Dynamics of Disturbances class has been updated to include a detailed description of the 9/8/2011 Southwest outage.


Operators, Engineers & the Bear

BearThe Pope took a couple of days off to visit the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Alberta for some sight-seeing. He was cruising along a campground in the Pope mobile when there was a frantic commotion just at the edge of the woods. A helpless engineer, wearing sandals, shorts, and the customary "pinkie ring" (engineers in Canada wear a ring to indicate their profession) was screaming while struggling frantically, thrashing around trying to free himself from the grasp of a 10 foot grizzly. 

As the Pope watched horrified, a group of Operators came racing up. One quickly fired a .44 magnum into the bear's chest. The other two reached up and pulled the bleeding, semiconscious engineer from the bear's grasp. Then using 8" crescent wrenches, the three operators finished off the bear and two of them threw it onto the bed of their truck while the other tenderly placed the injured engineer in the back seat. 

As they prepared to leave, the Pope summoned them to come over. "I give you my blessing for your brave actions!" he told them. "I heard there was a bitter dislike between operators and engineers but now I've seen with my own eyes that this is not true." 

As the Pope drove off, one of the operators asked his buddies "Who was that guy?" 

"It was the Pope," another replied. "He's in direct contact with heaven and has access to all wisdom." 

"Well," the operator said, "he may have access to all wisdom but he sure doesn't know anything about bear hunting! By the way, is the bait holding up or do we need to go back to Calgary and snatch another one?"