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Colorado Springs Utilities Senior Transmission Planning Engineer in United States

Senior Transmission Planning Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $115,000 to $131,000

Location SECC

Date First Posted 4/12/22

Senior Transmission Planning Engineer

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

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. 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. Colorado Springs Utilities' employees, their families, and friends volunteer more than 10,000 hours each year on community projects.

Join us in planning for the energy future of Colorado Springs...

Colorado Springs Utilities is hiring a Senior Transmission Planning Engineer who will offer expertise in the areas of electric long-term and operational transmission planning. As a Transmission Planning Engineer, you will be part of a highly-skilled professional team in the Energy Planning and Innovation section which is comprised of engineers responsible for operational and long-term planning of the electric transmission system. Our mission is to strategically and collaboratively plan the future of safe, reliable, and competitively-priced energy for the citizen owners and customers of Colorado Springs Utilities.

Key areas of focus:

  • Develop the seasonal and long-term Electric Transmission System Plans to replace or upgrade system infrastructure, construct facilities to serve new customer loads, and to enhance reliability and resiliency facilities as appropriate

  • Perform short and long-term transmission power flow, transfer capability, voltage and dynamic stability, short circuit and post-transient analyses studies

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

  • Maintain and review NERC Operations and Planning Standards documentation to ensure compliance with said standards, while also providing insight and input on future NERC requirements at the developmental stage

  • Study impact of and provide design review on new distribution, transmission and generation (conventional and/or renewable) projects. Integrate new and modified generation/substation configurations within and external to Springs Utilities. Provide technical expertise for associated metering systems and SCADA/AGC interface.

  • Identify areas requiring upgrades for capacity and voltage control

  • Ensure the safety and reliability of the bulk electric system by developing and applying policies and procedures which comply with and supplement NERC and WECC reliability standards

  • Participate in Regional Transmission Organization Workgroups that effect transmission planning and cost allocation

  • Evaluate new facility requirements and their impacts associated with new loads, generator interconnections and power transfer capabilities

  • Support and educate internal stakeholders including management, Compliance, Operations and other departments on the Bulk Electric System concerns and complexities

  • Participate in regional planning activities with external groups such as the Colorado Coordinated Planning Group (CCPG), WestConnect and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Committees

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to improve forecasting methodologies as well as prepare for potential new large customers with specialized loads like data centers

  • Support system resource adequacy planning by participating in the long-term, strategic Gas and Electric Integrated Resource Planning processes

  • Support the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Plan to achieve the goals of the Gas and Electric Integrated Resource Plans

  • Actively participate in the development and execution of the Energy Vision for Colorado Springs by working with stakeholders and providing technical expertise to develop strategic vision statements and objectives for the future of the energy services, while understanding and incorporating industry trends and customer expectations

What will it take to be successful in this position?

A bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering is required for this position. Candidates should possess Transmission Planning experience, on-the-job training will be provided for additional skillsets needed. Ideal candidates will offer seven or more years of experience within the energy industry or directly relevant field and have the ability to perform complex analysis, planning and design functions. Experience using modeling applications such as Siemens PSS®E, and ASPEN is desired.

The military job codes/duty codes most closely related to this role are: 120A, 12A, 51S, 881A32E1, 32E2, 32E3, 32E4, 32EX5311, 5904, 5310, 122, 5960, 8004, 1441301, 1302, 1310, 2070, 6004, 6005, 9620, 9622, 9624, 9626, 9630, 9631, 9632

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