Colorado Springs Utilities Resource and Transmission Planning Engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Resource and Transmission Planning Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $110,000 to $145,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date

Resource and Transmission Planning Engineer

Colorado Springs Utilities is actively seeking talented individuals offering expertise in the areas of energy resource planning and electric transmission planning to join our team. We have three positions that we will be hiring for at either the Principal or Senior Project Engineer level.

The Resource and Transmission Planning Engineers are part of a highly skilled professional team in the Energy Acquisition, Engineering and Planning Department and report to the Manager of Energy Planning. The team is comprised of engineers responsible for integrated resource planning of the electric and gas systems which each serve over 200,000 customers and are growing. The team is also responsible for long-term planning of the electric transmission system which comprises more than 230 miles of 115kV and 230kV transmission lines.The team 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. Be a part of a team that is literally planning the energy future for Colorado Springs, just recognized as the most desirable place to live by U.S. News & World Report.

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

  • Leading the development and evaluation of existing and future power generating resources, power plants, renewable energy, gas supply, demand-side management, distributed energy, and conservation programs

  • Leading the development of integrated master and resource plans on a twenty to thirty-year planning horizon for multiple energy disciplines including gas and electric supply and generation

  • Overseeing and performing electric system capacity expansion and production cost studies using ABB Portfolio Optimization and Capacity Expansion software

  • Leading the development of system plans for the Bulk Electric System on the ten-year planning horizon

  • Overseeing and performing power flow, transfer capability, voltage and dynamic stability studies using Siemens PSS®E and short circuit studies using ASPEN

  • Providing the business case and alternatives analysis with cost-benefit and risk evaluation for future projects

  • Participating in workgroups and traveling to meetings that affect transmission planning and cost allocation

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

  • Maintaining and reviewing NERC Compliance Planning Standards documentation for audit preparation, while also providing insight and input on future NERC requirements at the developmental stage

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

  • Documenting study results in technical reports and system plans

  • Preparing Request for Proposals, Statements of Work and guiding/leading consultants for projects like Renewable integration studies, planning reserve margin analysis, and transmission studies for NERC compliance

  • Collaborating with Distribution and Smart Grid Planners to improve forecasting methodologies as well as preparing for potential new large customers with specialized loads like data centers or cryptocurrency miners

Why should you apply? These are exciting new positions providing opportunity for multidisciplinary growth within a growth-minded, supportive Engineering team. A variety of projects will provide new experiences from year to year as these positions will be involved in many projects from start to finish. As integral members of the Energy Planning team, you will have an opportunity to advance your professional careers as you demonstrate your expertise within our organization. You will have the opportunity to work with a very dedicated team of professionals who are passionate in their service to our community. 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 Engineering is required for these positions (typically Electrical or Mechanical). Candidates should possess either Resource or Transmission Planning experience. On-the-job training will be provided for additional skill-sets needed. The ideal candidates will offer seven or more years of post-graduation 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 ABB Planning & Risk and System Optimizer, Siemens PSS®E and/or ASPEN is desired.

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.

Colorado Springs Utilities cultivates a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and synergy. Our employees know they make a difference every day by providing critical services to the public while living and working in a city consistently rated as one of the best in the United States. We utilize today’s talent to build a better tomorrow. Be part of history by creating energy solutions for a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

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. 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