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Colorado Springs Utilities Engineer - Dam Infrastructure, Planning and Design  in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Engineer - Dam Infrastructure, Planning and Design

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $97,400 to $130,900

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 3/22/22

Engineer - Dam Infrastructure, Planning and Design

Who We Are… In 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.

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’ Water Planning and Design department is looking for an Engineer with an interest in municipal water supply, particularly raw water collection, storage, and conveyance to join the team. In this job, you will work with a team of engineers responsible for raw water systems, water treatment, distribution system modeling and non-potable systems. Join us in providing safe and reliable water service to our community.

*We will be reviewing and considering candidates at two different levels; leveling and salary will be commensurate with education, experience and qualifying skills

Key Areas of Focus:

Dam Infrastructure

  • Lead planning/engineering studies and design efforts related to dam improvements, rehabilitation, and dam safety

  • Support projects that include hydrology/hydraulics of dams, appurtenances, embankments, conduits, seepage, intakes, control valves and gates, spillway, liners, operational improvements associated with dams

  • Support and provide subject matter expertise in dam safety program efforts, emergency action plans, and operational support

  • Lead efforts to support dam assets and prioritize long-term investments of dams

  • Participate in annual dam safety inspections conducted by internal, state and federal authorities

  • Knowledge, awareness and application of Colorado State Engineer’s Rules and Regulations for Dam Safety and Dam Construction and FERC 12D Regulations

  • Apply engineering principles related to dam engineering and safety

  • Be an organizational resource as it relates to dam engineering and safety

  • Develop working knowledge of Colorado Springs local and remote raw water collection, storage, and conveyance systems that include water supply operations for local watershed and trans-basin diversions consisting of intakes, diversions, tunnels, dams, pump stations, transmission pipelines

  • Develop working knowledge of water rights and raw water operations in support of planning and engineering studies and alternatives, design, and construction projects

Water Planning and Design:

  • Support internally and externally executed projects that include planning, studies, alternative analysis, data analysis, operational testing, and developing recommendations for improvements

  • Support operation and maintenance and capital planning, design, and construction of rehabilitation, renewal, and replacement projects

  • Collect, verify, validate, and analyze data for projects

  • Produce studies and alternative analyses, condition assessment reports, failure analysis reports, basis of design reports, and construction plans commensurate with increasing experience and responsibilities

  • Support project technical requirements for all contracted projects. Draft scopes of work, and review and advise on technical quality of submittal documents from external engineers

  • Ensure technical quality, constructability, and cost efficiency of all deliverables for both internal and external design projects

  • Support and manage issues, communication, environmental, permitting, and stakeholder engagement for internal and external projects

  • Assure that projects are properly administered and completed in conformance with applicable laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations

  • Provide technical guidance to other employees and/or contractors and coordinate technical efforts for projects in conformance with standards and specifications

  • Support projects of various levels of complexity in the areas of planning, design, and operations for: raw water systems, potable and non-potable water distribution system, water transmission mains, and water treatment

  • Conduct hydraulic analysis utilizing various processes and software as needed

  • Opportunities exist to work with and support other departments in the areas of water resource supply and water rights, water system operations, wastewater collection and treatment, and engineering standards.

Engineering Services During Construction:

  • You will also support construction projects through shop drawing and submittal reviews, field inspections, control strategy development/implementation, and commissioning and start-up planning and implementation activities.

Who you are... the most highly qualified Engineer III candidates for this role should have related experience in water infrastructure design and analysis with 4 to 7 years of related dam experience. Graduate degree in a related field may be considered for one year of experience. An ABET accredited Bachelor or Graduate degree in engineering is required, with a bachelor or graduate in Civil, Geotechnical, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering preferred. A P.E. or reciprocity within 6 months is required for Engineer III. For an Engineer IV, you will have 7 to 10 years of related dam experience in addition to the above. Colorado PE license or reciprocity within 6 months of hire. Graduate degree in related field may counts towards 1 year of experience. Interest and experience with systems in the Rocky Mountains is desirable.

The military job codes/duty codes most closely related to this role are: 120A, 12A, 51S, 881A 32E1, 32E2, 32E3, 32E4, 32EX 5311, 5904, 5310, 122, 5960, 8004, 144 1301, 1302, 1310, 2070, 6004, 6005, 9620, 9622, 9624, 9626, 9630, 9631, 9632

*A valid, unrestricted driver's license is required for this role

What does this opportunity offer? You will have the ability to showcase your knowledge and experience in Dam Engineering; Infrastructure, Planning and Design and Field Construction Projects. This position is an opportunity to apply your knowledge of Civil Engineering principles including hydrology, open channel flow, pump and pipe hydraulics, geotechnical engineering, and embankment dams to deliver a clean and reliable water supply to the City of Colorado Springs.

*This job is eligible for relocation assistance

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you

  • The ability to stay ahead of the business curve with our established priority to continually update and incorporate state-of-the-art technology.

  • The opportunity to work for a pioneer in providing four utility services in one enterprise with a 100-year reputation for integrity.

  • A work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and synergy.

  • The stability vital for growth-oriented careers.

  • Our Commitment to our Employees…

  • 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.

  • Time Off – 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

  • 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.

  • Disability Coverage –Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones

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

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  • 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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Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support