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Substation Communication Senior Engineer - CO or MN Job

Location(s): CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis

 

Are you an engineer who wants a challenging, rewarding career at a Fortune 500 company that’s committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship? Do you want to be part of shaping our energy future? An engineering position at Xcel Energy could be a great match for you.

 

 

Xcel Energy is looking to fill an Electrical Substation Communication Engineer position for our Transmission department. 

Summary

Xcel Energy's Substation Communication Engineering department has the opportunity to hire a Senior Electrical Engineer for either the CO or MN locations. 

Successful candidates will have experience or interest in the following areas: IP networking, Remote Terminal Units (RTU) and associated SCADA protocols, HV/EHV protective relay piloting, network security, Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) systems such as SONET/SDH/T-carrier, OSI network model, NERC CIP compliance standards, substation controls design/engineering, and fiber optic systems design.

The CE group is responsible for supporting communications aspects of both capital and O&M projects. Specific tasks are RTU configuration, LAN/WAN design and implementation, network security, protective relay pilot circuit design, and NERC CIP compliance, among others. The group is currently focused on research and piloting of new systems in the Xcel Transmission environment and as such candidates with a demonstrable record of initiative and resourcefulness are highly desired.
  
The successful candidate will be placed at a level that is commensurate with the candidate's skills and experience.

Under general direction, demonstrates complete understanding & wide application of engineering technical principle, theories, & concepts in the field. Independently determines & develops approaches to solutions. Receives technical guidance on complex problems; completed work reviewed for adequacy in meeting objectives. May lead small-medium non-critical projects or critical projects under direction of higher level engineer/supervisor. May provide work direction to other professionals &/or staff. Represents the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects. Frequent inter-organizational & outside customer contact. Demonstrates a broad knowledge & proficiency of precedents in the specialty area, a good knowledge of related specialties, & general knowledge of other related disciplines.

Position SummaryApplies extensive technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines. Performs as a staff advisor and consultant in a technical specialty, a type of facility or equipment, or a program function. Carries out complex or innovative assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures. Work is expected to result in the development of new/improved techniques and procedures or new/refined equipment, materials, processes, products, and/or scientific methods. Represents the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects and interacts with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations. Work is performed without appreciable direction and considerable latitude is exercised in determining technical objectives of assignment. Guidance relates largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts and policy matters. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long- term perspective, for desired results. May assign tasks to and direct engineers, technicians, craft personnel and administrative staff, including coordination and review of work assignments. Responsible for (and may lead) multiple projects of moderate to large size or portions of major projects. Essential Responsibilities  a) Applies extensive technical expertise and has an understanding of the basic principals of other related disciplines. Fully demonstrates the unique technical skills and core competencies for this engineering level by applying technical standards, principles, theories, concepts, and techniques to lead projects of moderate to large size, scope and complexity.  b) Largely self-directed work is expected to result in the development of new or improved techniques, procedures and standards. Supports the development of technical documentation (including but not limited to designs, testing, calculations, reports, standards, etc.)  c) Without appreciable direction exercises considerable latitude in determining ongoing technical support for project activities within areas such as Operations, Maintenance, Testing/diagnostics and Regulatory. Provides field engineering oversight and direction for activities such as support , testing, installation, inspections, commissioning etc.  d) Coordinates/leads multiple projects or portions of projects (including phases such as research, design, equipment selection, procurement, installation and commissioning). May lead more critical projects with oversight of a higher level engineer or supervisor.  e) Represents the organization as the prime technical contact in the bid/evaluation processes including preparation of bid documents, completion of technical evaluations for proposals and providing recommendations for selection. Interacts with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination with internal and external organizations.  f) Effectively and with precision resolves difficult technical/business matters both inter-organizationally and with outside customer/vendors with all formats of communication.  g) May assign tasks to and/or direct engineers, technicians, craft personnel and other support staff including coordination and review of work assignments. Provides guidance and mentoring to less experienced engineers. Responsible for continuous self development of technical skills and competencies.  

h) Leads activities such as budgeting, estimating, forecasting, accounting, work order management, in support of engineering projects.

This position may be filled at an entry-level, staff or senior level depending on experience.

   Senior RequirementsRequired
•Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency)
•5+ years relevant engineering experience
•EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) required
•Ability to demonstrate the unique technical skills and core competencies for this engineering level established & documented by the organization.

Preferred
•PE (Professional Engineer) registration may be required depending on business need

 

Staff Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency).
  • 2+year’s relevant engineering experience. Demonstrated broad knowledge & proficiency in specialty area, knowledge of related specialties, & general knowledge of other related disciplines.
  • Ability to demonstrate the unique technical skills & core competencies for this engineering level established & documented by the organization.
  • EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) strongly preferred

 

Entry-Level Requirements•Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency)
•0+ years relevant engineering experience
•Ability to demonstrate the unique technical skills and core competencies for this engineering level established & documented by the organization

Preferred
•EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) preferred

 

 

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As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.
     

 

Posting Notes:  CO - Golden || CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis || United States (US) || Operations || 41595:Substation Communication Eng || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||
 

Requisition Number: 10051

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at recruiting@xcelenergy.com

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