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Colorado Springs Utilities Senior System Administrator in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Senior System Administrator

Job Type: Information Technology

Pay Range $112,000 to $125,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 5/9/23

Senior System Administrator

This job is eligible for relocation assistance to aid with the costs of relocating to the Colorado Springs area.

Colorado Springs Utilities' Plant Information (PI) Team is responsible for collecting and monitoring real-time data from our plants while supporting personnel across our four utility services (natural gas, electric, water, and wastewater) to ensure safe, reliable, and efficient plant operations. Our team uses AVEVA/OSIsoft PI to collect and analyze plant data and build custom analytic dashboards to help inform decision-making and action around plant operations. Our team is seeking a Senior System Administrator to support and collaborate with our four-service utility operations to gather requirements and implement solutions, ensuring the reliability and integrity of our data collection systems.

A day in the life of a Senior System Administrator may include:

  • Managing time series and relational databases

  • Maintaining and supporting Operational Driven Reliability programs with Industrial Mobile Solutions

  • Industrial Real-time System Administration for AVEVA/OSIsoft PI System, SEL Disturbance Monitoring, SKF, and StackVision

  • Performing scheduled Industrial Life Cycle Management and maintenance on the PI system and other operational technology systems

  • Automating and monitoring PLC, Telemetry, Control System, and SCADA data stream exceptions

  • Implementing, configuring, and troubleshooting AVEVA/OSIsoft industrial interfaces and software products

  • Collaborating with customers to design, implement, and deploy Industrial Technology solutions to enhance plant and operational processes

  • Implementing Industrial Analytics/Smart Analytics using data from operational technologies to modify and optimize processes

  • Developing, deploying, and maintaining Plant Compliance (Federal and State), Process, and Management Reporting Systems

  • Performing software updates, server upgrades, and OS patching of plant and operational technology servers

Who You Are

  • Relevant and progressively responsible systems administration experience; advanced knowledge in AVEVA/PI system administration, development, and integration is preferred

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Chemical/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, or a related field is valued

  • Must be available to commit to a 24x7 weekly rotating on-call schedule

The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are valued for this role:

  • Designing and implementing asset-based data structures (e.g., PI AF)

  • Basic knowledge of networks, including network security and communication protocols

  • Oracle and Microsoft SQL server databases, and Microsoft Excel and Power BI

  • Ability to automate tasks using PowerShell

  • Experience creating visualization displays and reports using vendor tools or programming

  • Documenting complex system architecture, processes, and troubleshooting

  • Hardware lifecycle maintenance and software replacements and upgrades

  • Programming experience with .Net, PowerShell, and AFSDK

  • Server and Client Administration experience

Who We Are

  • Colorado Springs Utilities is one of the largest four-service public utilities in the nation (over 500,000 customers)

  • A national leader in reliability (power on an average of 99.991% of the time)

  • Diamond Designation recipient from the American Public Power Association – a utility sector leader in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvements

  • Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the most desired city to live in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)

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 $10.00 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 PPO preventive care covered at 100% and access to orthodontia coverage

  • 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 (LTC) – 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 available

  • Tuition Reimbursement – Employees are eligible to receive up to $5,250 annually for Tuition Reimbursement

  • Qualifying Public Service Employer – Payments made towards student loans may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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

  • Starting pay will be determined within the posted pay range based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate; if there is a single pay rate posted, the job starts at that rate.

  • 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: Information Technology