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Xcel Energy Electrical Engineer - Substation Engineering Outsourcing (Staff or Senior) Job in Denver, Colorado

Location(s): CO - Denver

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 has an opening for a Staff or Senior Substation Electrical Engineer that will be located in either Denver, CO or Amarillo, TX .

We are looking for a hard-working engineer to join the Consultant Management Team at Xcel Energy! The Consultant Management Team (CMT) is responsible for managing all consultants who are working on Substation and Transmission line projects. The CMT is responsible for a very large number of projects and consequently needs to spend time on the highest priority tasks to ensure all assigned projects are completed within their budget and schedule parameters. In this position, you will take on the role of project manager or project lead for assigned Substation projects.

You will be the main contact for consultants and will need to be available for high level questions, help on unusual problems, and high level engineering oversight of projects, including ensuring that Xcel Energy internal processes for work order management, material procurement, estimating, and scheduling are followed by the consultant firms. You will also play an integral role in ensuring the organization meets their scorecard requirements on the assigned projects In this role, you will also define the project parameters, provide guidance to consultants when they are having trouble resolving issues, and review and sign the appropriation & engineering estimate. You will

perform a high-level review of the project schedule, high level "spot-checking" of the design work, and provide high-level guidance and assistance to the consultant group to resolve construction issues. You will need to regularly participate in pre-construction and postconstruction meetings and perform a high-level review of the project closeout.

In this role, you will apply intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields. You will make decisions independently on engineering problems and methods and represent the organization in conferences to resolve important questions and to plan and coordinate work. This position requires the use of advanced techniques and the modifications and extension of theories, precepts and practices of the field and related sciences and disciplines. The knowledge and expertise required for this level of work usually result from progressive experience.

The below job description reflects the duties of the Senior Engineer; Staff levels may differ as less experience is required. The successful candidate will be placed at a level that is commensurate with the candidate's skills and experience.


Applies 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Effectively and with precision resolves difficult technical/business matters both inter-organizationally and with outside customer/vendors with all formats of communication.

  • 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.

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


  • Bachelor’s degree in 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.

  • PE (Professional Engineer) or CISSP registration will be required for this role.

Staff Engineer range is $69,800 - $90,700; Senior Engineer range is $82,200 - $109,666

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 || United States (US) || Operations || 41430:Transmission Engr || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $82,200 to $109,666 per year

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Requisition Number: 32187

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