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Colorado Springs Utilities Transmission Operations Engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Transmission Operations Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range 109,000 to 129,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 4/18/19

Transmission Operations Engineer

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking a Transmission Operations Engineer to join our Electric Operations and Engineering team. In this position you will apply your in depth technical knowledge in transmission engineering in-order-to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the gird. As our Transmission Operations Engineer, you will be responsible for conducting transmission studies using power system flow models to help us determine and develop solutions for optimum system operations. You will work on a variety of projects, maintaining compliance with NERC and WECC reliability requirements.

This position will be filled at either the Senior Project Engineer or Principal Engineer level depending on the qualifications, experience, and certification level of the successful candidate.

In this position, you will be working with a team responsible for:

  • All aspects of work scope in conducting transmission studies including power flow, transient stability, voltage stability, and post-transient analyses.

  • Provide operating guidance to system operators, reliability coordinators and management related to substation and protective relaying equipment and systems.

  • Analyze system protection misoperations.

  • Maintain familiarity with NERC reliability standards as they relate to operation of the Bulk Electric System, and participate in compliance activities.

  • Maintain familiarity with WECC reliability requirements, participate in compliance activities, and remain involved with WECC working groups, task forces and regional subcommittees.

  • Work with the reliability coordinator and neighboring utilities to produce and validate power flow models for use in the operating horizon.

  • Work closely with transmission operators to ensure reliable operation of the grid; developing solutions for operational problems such as voltage, overload, congestion management etc.

  • Provide design review on new transmission and generation (conventional and/or renewable) projects. Integrate new and modified generation/substation configurations within and external to CSU. Provide technical expertise for associated metering systems and SCADA/AGC interface.

  • Work with transmission and distribution planning groups to identify areas requiring upgrades for capacity and voltage control.

  • Focus on continuous improvement and identify opportunities for improvements in efficiency and accuracy.

  • Research new developments and technology and make recommendations to management on their feasibility for company operations.

  • Monitor projects and recommend modifications to increase operating efficiency and ensure compliance with any regulatory requirements.

  • Operations engineers provide on-call support to system operators, and respond to real-time system events which may include non-standard hours.

Why should you apply? This position will provide you will the opportunity for multidisciplinary growth within a growth-minded, supportive Engineering team. A variety of projects will provide new experiences from year to year as this position will be involved in many projects from start to finish. As an integral member of the Electric Operations and Engineering team, you will have an opportunity to advance your professional career as you demonstrate your expertise within our organization. Additionally, we offer a work environment where work-life balance is realized.

What will it take to be successful in this position? A bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering is required for this position (emphasis in power systems preferred), highly qualified candidates will offer Master’s in EE or Ph.D. We are seeking candidates who offer over three years of experience in electric systems operations or similar environment. Additionally, NERC Reliability Authority or System Operation Certification is required; (or the ability to obtain certification within 6 months of employment). Excellent communication and analytical skills are required to be successful in this position.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you...

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity to our community.

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

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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Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas. All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support