Company Name:

Xcel

Location:

Denver, Colorado

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Electrical Engineering, Other Engineering

Posted

April 16, 2019

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Staff or Senior Controls Engineer Job

Job Grade: B
Hierarchy:  Yes - We may hire at a higher level 
Union Position: Non-Bargaining

 

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow?  A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for. Xcel Energy is standing on the threshold of an energy evolution.  Be a part of Advanced Grid Intelligence and Security (AGIS) - a long-term strategic initiative to transform the electrical distribution business to enhance security, efficiency and reliability, to safely integrate more distributed resources, and to enable improved customer products and services. 

Summary

 

We are hiring a Staff, or Senior level Engineer within our Distribution Engineering department. This engineer will leverage expertise with all types of new and legacy distribution controls, RTUs and sensors to advance the state of the art as we modernize our distribution system. 

The engineer will initially work extensively with the ADMS (Advanced Distribution Management) team in our Advanced Grid initiative as we begin interfacing with the wide array of field and substation devices.   The successful candidate will expect to interface directly with those developing SCADA, communications, and security capabilities within Xcel Energy.   Contributions will also be in development of appropriate and efficient testing methodologies (especially point-to-point testing) and processes. The engineer will also develop a strategy for consistent device configuration and firmware management across the company. The engineer will work closely with the Electric Distribution Standards team in the selection of standard devices. 

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.

Responsibilities

 

 

  • Uses & applies technical standards, principles, theories, concepts, & techniques to perform activities/assignments that may include a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials or methods & difficult coordination requirements.
  • Supports the development of technical documentation (including but not limited to designs, testing, calculations, reports, standards, etc.) Utilizes & may assist with the development of procedures requiring a broad knowledge & proficiency in a specialty area & has a general knowledge of related disciplines.
  • Works under the general direction of a higher level engineer or supervisor for routine engineering projects. Provide ongoing technical support for project activities within areas such as Operations, Maintenance, testing/diagnostics & Regulatory. May provide field engineering oversight &/or direction for activities such as commissioning, testing, inspections, etc.
  • May lead small-medium, non-critical projects. Coordinate/leads critical projects or portions of projects (including phases such as research, design, equipment selection, procurement support, installation & commissioning), under the direction of a higher level engineer or supervisor. Work reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.
  • Under the direction of a higher level engineer/supervisor supports bid/evaluation processes including preparation of bid documents, completion of technical evaluations for proposals; provide recommendations for selection, etc. Partners & communicates with areas such as Supply Chain & Legal following appropriate processes.
  • Frequently exchanges information in all formats, on matters having a wide range of importance & complexity both inter-organizationally & with outside customers.
  • May assign tasks & coordinate work of interns, drafters, technicians, craft personnel and/or others. Provide guidance & mentoring to less experienced engineers. Responsible for continuous self-development of technical skills & competencies.
  • Performs activities such as budgeting, estimating, forecasting, accounting, work order management, in support of engineering projects.

 

 

Minimum Requirements for Staff Engineer 
•Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency) BSEE or Computer Engineering strongly preferred 
•2+ years relevant engineering experience within the utility industry 
•EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) strongly preferred
•Ability to demonstrate the unique technical skills and core competencies for this engineering level established & documented by the organization. 

 

 

Minimum Requirements for Senior Engineer 
•Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency) BSEE or Computer Engineering strongly preferred 
•5+ years relevant engineering experience within the utility industry 
•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. 
•PE (Professional Engineer) registration required

 

 

 

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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 - Denver || CO - Denver; MN - Roseville || United States (US) || Operations || 59381:Distribution AGIS || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||
 

Requisition Number: 17310

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at [email protected]

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