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Colorado Springs Utilities Electrical Engineer - Electric Distribution Standards in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Electrical Engineer - Electric Distribution Standards

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $73,000 to $82,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 12/8/21

Electrical Engineer - Electric Distribution Standards

Who We Are… I n 1924, Colorado Springs voted to create a four-service public utility; electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services. Since then, as a municipal utility, our focus has been on the basics - providing exceptional customer service while keeping costs low. We promote a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and work-life balance.

As a community-owned utility, we strive to protect our environment: We live here too and want to keep our city clean and beautiful. Additionally, Colorado Springs Utilities gives back: Employees, their families and friends volunteer more than 10,000 hours each year on community projects.

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking an entry-level Engineer, eager to apply his or her engineering and scientific knowledge to join the Standards team.

Colorado Springs Utilities has an Electric Service area of 475 square miles, with 8 generation plants, 51 substations, and 3,906 miles of wire – 73% of which is underground. Electric usage continues to grow from 5 million MWh in 2020. A SAIDI (System Average Interruption Duration Index) of 54 minutes put us in the first quartile of reliability, as compared to other utilities in the latest IEEE survey. The Standards team works closely with other engineers in Planning, Design, Operations, and Construction to support system reliability, developing construction design standards, equipment evaluation and failure analyses.

Key Areas of Focus:

  • Conduct Studies and Research related to the electric distribution system

  • Manage and coordinate engineering projects

  • Technical support for operational issues as they arise. This mainly consists of using engineering skills to review coordination and protection schemes (with emphasis on public safety and equipment protection), analyzing and finding solutions to outages, reviewing materials or reviewing specifications for new materials, or coordinating electric infrastructure with other customer needs

  • Provide Engineering support and Standards development for new technology, such as automated metering, solar power integration, Electric Vehicle Integration, 3rd party Cellular/WiFi pole attachments, and Smart City/Smart Grid programs

  • Material evaluation for new or alternate materials, with focus on lowest system lifecycle costs

  • Perform tests, failure analysis of equipment, and coordinate trials of new products

  • Perform failure investigations and analyses

  • Partner with Electric Construction to define, document and approve electric construction standards/methods based on industry best practices/developing technologies and assuring conformance to applicable laws, codes, and regulations

  • Write and approve material specifications, construction standards, and guidelines for electric items/designs

  • Attend/participate in Electric industry organizations such as IEEE, RMEL and other standards groups for best practice sharing and to survey other utilities

  • Review changes to codes and regulations to determine what changes need to be made to Colorado Springs Utilities practices

Who you are ...Someone who has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is interested in getting their professional engineering license. Also, likes team-oriented work and is an innovator who looks for new technologies and processes to increase efficiency and quality. An EIT is preferred, and AutoCAD is a plus.

What does this opportunity offer... You will work with the Standards team and engage consistently with other engineers in Planning, Design, Operations, and Construction to support system reliability. Additionally, you will have the opportunity for growth while learning the engineering, design, and operation of an electric utility, including engineering support for the Water and Gas services.

Our Commitment…

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

  • Work-Life Balance – Because everybody needs time off to recharge

  • Vacation –New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Personal Leave –3 days per year of personal leave

  • Paid Holidays –10 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $10.30 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network preventive care covered at 100%

  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery

  • Disability Coverage –Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance can be purchased

  • Life Insurance –Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage are available

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans. Your future self will thank you

ATTENTION :

  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

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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E-Verify and Right to Work Notice . Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Colorado Springs Utilities participates in E-Verify. For more information on your rights and responsibilities as an applicant, please visit: http://coloradospringsutilities.jobs/applicants-rights-and-responsibilities/ . If you have a legal right to work in the United States, there are laws to protect you against discrimination in the workplace. You should know that no employer can deny you a job or fire you because of your national origin. Unless mandated by law or government contract, employers cannot require you to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident or refuse any legally acceptable documents. If any of these things have happened to you, you may have a valid charge of discrimination that can be filed with the OSC. Contact the OSC for assistance in your own language. Call 1-800-255-7688. TDD for the hearing impaired is 1-800-237-2515. In the Washington, D.C., area, please call 202-616-5594, TDD 202-616-5525 Or write to: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel NYA 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20530.

Have a question? If you have a question about a position or need assistance from a recruiter, email us at csurecruiting@csu.org or call 719-668-7500.

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

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