Colorado Springs Utilities Distribution Project Engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Distribution Project Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $76,000 to $104,500

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date

Distribution Project Engineer

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking experienced Distribution Project Engineers (2) who will be responsible for supporting reliability, operations and future planning on the 12.5kV and 34.5kV electric power distribution system. These two positions reside within the Electric Planning and Operations group under the Energy Acquisition Engineering and Planning department.

While both of these positions will take on a wide variety of distribution responsibilities, one of the positions will be more Operationally focused and the other will be more Planning focused. You will be working with a team of seasoned Electrical Engineers to accomplish critical tasks and solve complex problems using your expertise to safely, economically and reliably meet electric power needs for the future of Colorado Springs.

Both positions will include responsibilities such as:

  • Performing circuit analysis reviews for loading, phase balancing, voltages, reactive power, protection coordination and contingency planning using Synergi® Electric modeling software

  • Coordinating line protection devices including reclosers, line fuses and interrupter switches while working with the System Protection Engineer to recommend distribution feeder breaker settings

  • Supporting project planning, project management and asset management initiatives, as well as being a data steward to ensure information from the field gets back to the models and systems

  • Assisting other engineers with Smart Grid, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and secondary-voltage network system studies, data analysis, project management, and process documentation

  • Providing technical support to internal stakeholders including Operations, Field Engineers, Account Managers and other departments

Operational responsibilities will also include:

  • Participating in a Standby Engineer rotation that provides 24/7 engineering support

  • Providing operational support in fault locating, voltage issues and transformer overloads with root-cause analysis, in addition to supporting outage coordination and safety procedures

  • Validating, compiling and analyzing system reliability performance data for project recommendations and reporting

  • Reviewing DER installations and Conservation Voltage Reduction implementations to ensure design and standards adherence

  • Developing logic for and analyzing data from various electronic devices such as power quality meters, RFI locating devices, and controllers for automated transfer schemes

Planning responsibilities will also include:

  • Using Synergi® Electric to perform long-range small area forecast studies, capacitor placement studies, DER voltage analysis and developing innovative system improvement projects

  • Leading asset management initiatives to develop risk models based on consequence data and performance analytics

  • Developing technical reports and system master plans based on study results, alternatives analysis, cost estimates, risk profiles and requirement criteria using decision making techniques

  • Supporting other Engineers with Smart Grid projects, electric system forecasting, system planning process improvements and ten year capital budget preparation

Why should you apply? As a professional in this position, you will be making significant contributions to the distribution power system with innovative projects and processes for the betterment of the Colorado Springs community. Working with a high-performance team of Engineers, you’ll participate in the evaluation, analysis, coordination and implementation of short- and long-term planning for reliability and capacity expansion as well as future Smart Grid and renewable applications.

What will it take to be successful in this position?

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited university is required (emphasis in Electric Power Systems is preferred).

  • Four or more years of experience in distribution system planning, operations engineering, system protection, power systems design standards, or a related field is highly desired.

  • Strong communication, collaboration, technical writing, spreadsheet manipulation and project management skills are critical to this position.

  • Engineer-In-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE) license is a plus.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you…

Offering four services, Colorado Springs Utilities gives you experience unmatched by other utility companies. We champion innovation, state-of-the-art facilities and clean, efficient technologies that sustain the Colorado Springs lifestyle. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, you will enjoy nature at its finest. From snowboarding to biking to theater to community service to food and wine festivals, Colorado Springs offers something for everyone.

Committed to serving our community through effective stewardship of our resources and people, we have a long history of job stability dating back to our beginnings as a municipally-owned utility in 1924. And, possibly the greatest aspect of all this is working and living in a city which was rated as the #2 place in the U.S. to live, work and play by U.S. News.

Join a diverse team of high performers who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community and tap into the power of your potential!

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled . Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support