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Colorado Springs Utilities Demand Side Management (DSM) and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Project Engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Demand Side Management (DSM) and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Project Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $80,000 to 100,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 11/24/19

Demand Side Management (DSM) and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Project Engineer

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 top in the United States. We utilize today’s talent to build a better tomorrow. Be part of history by implementing energy solutions for a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

We are actively seeking a creative and collaborative individual with a vision for the future to be a valuable contributor with our evolving suite of energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, renewable energy, electric vehicle, distributed energy and other emerging technology programs. As a key member of the Demand Side Management and Distributed Energy Strategies (DSR) team, you will report directly to the DSR Managing Engineer. You will work collaboratively within the DSR team, with the Water Demand Management team, and with stakeholder groups throughout the utility and municipal government to deliver products and solutions that meet both operational and customer needs across multiple utility services.

As the Project Engineer, you will:

  • Design new residential and commercial energy conservation and distributed energy resource programs

  • Research and develop emerging technologies, write business cases and create pilot projects to test out new customer products and services prior to mass deployment

  • Train customer service representatives on energy conservation and distributed energy resource programs

  • Perform technical studies and audits

  • Participate in public events such as Efficiency Expo

  • Cross train with Principal and Senior Engineers and Conservation Specialists on energy efficiency, demand reduction and distributed energy resource programs such as Peak Savings, Battery Storage, Electric Vehicles and Microgrids

  • Establish goals, objectives, priorities, and schedules for projects and programs

  • Develop program operational plans, marketing plans, incentives and budgets in collaboration with stakeholder groups throughout the utility

  • Coordinate day-to-day operation of programs, including tracking, forecasting, and updating customer information records, and resolving customer issues.

  • Evaluate program effectiveness; recommend and implement enhancements.

  • Work collaboratively with Business Account Management, Customer Experience, Service Center, and Planning and Engineering and other utility staff to continuously improve programs.

  • Represent assigned programs and interests as liaison to internal and external groups

  • Procure products and services required to deliver programs, including development of contract scope, selection of vendors, and development of customer agreements.

  • Manage contracts and oversee external service providers

  • Design and deliver presentations, workshops, and training regarding programs to internal and external interests

Why should you apply? We are big enough to have a large variety of projects but small enough where you will be involved with many of those projects. This position will provide you the opportunity to work with a wide variety of stakeholders across organizational boundaries to manage, prioritize and execute projects and assignments. As an integral member of the Demand Side Management and Distributed Energy Strategies team, you will have the opportunity to work with a very dedicated team of professionals who are passionate in their service to our community. We offer a work environment where work-life balance is realized.

What will it take to be successful in this position? The ideal candidate will come with three or more years of professional level engineering experience and be technology savvy with a vision for the future of the energy industry. He or she will have an understanding of electric and gas utility systems, advanced metering technologies, smart utility practices, be customer focused and have the capability to analyze and articulate the costs and benefits of new technologies to provide business cases showing the overall value of projects. This position will require a balance of interpersonal and logical skills as well a desire to learn and share in an era of rapid industry change. A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an accredited university is required. An Engineer in Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE) license or the desire to attain one is preferred.

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.

  • The opportunity to thrive and perform daily continuous process improvements resulting in transformational change

  • This position provides you the opportunity to work with customers and multiple internal and external stakeholders

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

Join a diverse team of high performers who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community and tap into the power of your potential!

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. 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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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