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Colorado Springs Utilities Project Engineer III- Electric Advanced Design in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Project Engineer III- Electric Advanced Design

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $94,099 to $117,624

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 2/12/24

Applications are being accepted until: 2/19/24

*If no date is displayed, applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis; however, this job posting may close at any time after a minimum of 5 days of being posted.

Project Engineer III – Electric Advanced Design Engineer

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking an Engineer to join the Electric Advanced Design team. The Electric Advanced Design is a newly formed team tasked with supporting several areas including substations, transmission, distribution, and advanced technology elements related to microgrids, distribution automation, and much more. Because this team has a large variety of work, we are looking for individuals who are interested in learning and participating in projects across all disciplines.

As an integral member of the team, you will have an opportunity to contribute to multiple projects in multiple disciplines. You will work and learn directly under Senior and Principal Engineers who support our substations, transmission, and distribution systems and will have the opportunity to gain skills in each area.

Your engineering expertise will expand beyond just a single area, helping this team to accomplish large amounts of work in the coming years. In joining the Electric Advanced Design 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 System Planning and Projects Division and beyond.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

Distribution Engineering

  • Complete electric distribution designs and drawings for new substation feeders, infrastructure upgrades and replacements, and system reliability projects (both in overhead and underground applications)

  • Develop and manage PLS-CADD line models for distribution overhead lines

  • Provide support to electric planning with project development, cost estimates, line routing options, and system upgrade scoping

  • Participate in advanced technology projects such as Distributed Energy Integration, Microgrid Design, and Enhanced Power Customers

Substation Engineering

  • Take the lead on smaller substation projects such as adding additional transformers and switchgear to existing substations, upgrade of equipment, expanding substations for reliability or resiliency, etc.

  • Provide assistance to substation engineers in site development, optimal equipment spotting, and potential feeder design options

  • Civil design work related to site grading, vehicle turning radius, etc.

  • Provide civil design assistance on-site grading as well as substation layout and equipment maintenance accessibility

  • Design work related to structural steel, foundations, and equipment layout

Transmission Engineering

  • Complete electric transmission designs and drawings for overhead and underground projects

  • Participate in preparing design packages including project drawings, calculations & specifications, and reviewing the same from consultants for externally delivered projects

  • Develop and manage PLS-CADD line models for transmission overhead lines. Assist in developing and documenting appropriate ratings and operational limits for the electric system

  • Review requests from developers and other entities to ensure compatibility with Utilities’ easements/infrastructure and code compliance


  • Provide support to internal line crews including material recommendations, damage assessments, and inventory coordination

  • Collaborate with Project Managers, Electrical Engineers, Designers, Field Engineering, Civil/Structural, and many additional internal & external departments (ie. surveying, environmental, City, County & State requirements) members on project initiation, development, engineering, and construction

  • Develop project schedules, and ensure all tasks are completed on time to support project delivery

  • Visit project sites and work with field teams to develop solutions and corresponding designs

  • Work with internal and external sources to get designs fabricated, reserve or procure materials, and monitor delivery to the sites

  • Review contracts and specifications to ensure compliance with engineering and material standards

  • Evaluate and monitor outside consultants, contractors, and vendors to ensure compliance with specifications, bid proposals, and obligations

What will it take to be successful in this position? A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited university is required for this position. The ideal candidate will offer 4 or more years of experience in supporting a utility or working directly for a utility.

Engineering and design work in substations, electric distribution, electric transmission, or a closely related field would be preferred. Additionally, we are interested in your experience in the following areas, so please be sure to highlight them on your resume/application:

  • Project, contract, and vendor management

  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and/or Automated Utility Design is a plus

  • Excellent communication skills to effectively communicate, using both written and verbal communication, with diverse groups

  • FE certification and active pursuit of PE are desirable

  • Working knowledge and application of industry standards, safety standards, and current design codes such as AISC, ACI, ASCE 113, IEEE, NESC

  • Working knowledge of PLS-CADD is an added plus

  • Electric distribution design requirements and construction techniques are an added plus

  • Substation design and engineering and construction techniques are an added plus

  • Transmission design and engineering and construction techniques are an added plus

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you:

Offering four services, Colorado Springs Utilities gives you an experience unmatched by other utility companies. We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment that embraces teamwork and flexibility. 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 snowboarding to biking to theater to community service to food and wine festivals, Colorado Springs offers something for everyone.

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 –12 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

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


  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined within the posted pay range based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate; if there is a single pay rate posted, the job starts at that rate.

  • 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