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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
120000.00 Per Year
Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States
Engineering - Substation
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5+ years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Senior Substation Project Engineer

Senior Substation Project Engineer

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking a Senior Project Engineer to join the Substation and Transmission Engineering group. You will have a strong background in protection system and high voltage substation design. Your primary job responsibility will be performing electrical design, equipment selection and procurement, and project/construction management tasks to complete substation projects. The roles and responsibilities of this position fall under three areas; engineering design, project management and procurement management.

Salary Range: $90,000 to $120,000.


Engineering Design: Your engineering expertise to produce quality and accurate designs work to ensure that the substation equipment and controls will serve the needs of the Colorado Springs Utilities transmission and distribution systems today, tomorrow and into the future. To this end, you will be responsible for:

  • Participation and input in developing engineering and construction standards
  • Involvement in teaching co-workers within the engineering department
  • Strengthening technical knowledge as needed for designing substation equipment projects and specifications
  • Keeping current with changing standards
  • Engaging other groups in the organization in technical discussions and awareness
  • Producing quality design packages necessary for installing new and replacing aged substation equipment and controls
  • Providing technical support related to Substations

Project Management: By bringing a technical perspective to project management efforts, from commencement through design and construction to integration, you will be instrumental in aligning project scope and execution with technical requirements while keeping projects on-time and on-budget. Key responsibilities in this area include:

  • Serving as Technical Lead in partnership with Project Manager for large projects
  • Overseeing the quality, efficiency and suitability of all technical project outputs
  • Facilitating project meetings between stakeholders
  • Generating and maintaining project schedule while coordinating with all stakeholders and system outage constraints (Microsoft project or Primavera experience preferred)
  • Managing scope, schedule and budget for smaller projects
  • Effectively communication between stakeholders and the project team
  • Technical support through design, construction, commissioning and energization

Procurement Management: Procuring the right equipment and services that conform to our standards is critical for the long-term reliability of our substations. Appling your knowledge of the project and system needs, you will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating with the procurement department in order to purchase large equipment and services through bid and/or proposal processes
  • Traveling to factories for equipment design review and testing
  • Procuring materials required for project construction
  • Understanding and follow Utilities Procurement rules and policies
  • Writing statements of work to fully capture the project needs
  • Monitoring and controlling schedule with contracting service to meet project needs

Why should you apply? This position provides a unique opportunity to perform engineering design and project management in all aspects of substation projects from start to finish – including stake holder identification and coordination, scope definition and refinement, equipment selection and procurement, design detail and implementation, and technical expertise during construction and energization. The responsibility of performing in all project aspects enhances your engineering expertise while showcasing your propensity for self-directed work and ability to balance competing projects and priorities. In joining the Substation and Transmission Engineering group, you will gain membership to a highly skilled and experienced team who routinely leverages their technical expertise to serve in our municipal utility's Energy Services Division and beyond.

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What will it take to be successful in this position? A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited program is required for this position; an emphasis in Power Systems engineering is strongly preferred. A Master's Degree, Professional Engineer (PE) registration and/or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification are desired but not required. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess 5 years of substation design experience with demonstrated expertise in creating protective relay one line / three line diagrams; current, voltage and trip schematics; and panel / equipment wiring diagrams including point-to-point and inter-panel wiring. (Please highlight these skills within your resume) Proven skills in the areas of teamwork, collaboration, initiative, and communication are a must.

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 for 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.

Offering four services, Colorado Springs Utilities gives you experience unmatched by other utility companies. We champion innovation, state-of-the-art facilities and clean, efficient technologies that sustain the Colorado Springs lifestyle. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, you will enjoy nature at its finest. From snow-boarding to biking to theater to community service to food and wine festivals, Colorado Springs offers something for everyone.

Join a diverse team of high performers who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community!


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