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Xcel Energy Operational Technology Security Engineer - Staff or Senior - CO, MN, TX Job in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Location(s): CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis; TX - Amarillo

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.

Telecommuting Policy: A plan has been created to officially rollout a hybrid work-from-home option that will take effect this September. This position will participate in this new policy. The policy requires working in the office 20% every week.

Eligibile candidates will reside within Denver, Colorado, Minneapolis, MN or Amarillo, Texas.

Summary

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.

Staff Engineer Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency).

  • 2+ years relevant engineering experience.

  • Ability to demonstrate the unique technical skills & core competencies for this engineering level established and documented by the organization.

  • Responsible for the design, modeling, development and testing of substation network security related to SCADA/EMS and teleprotection channels.

  • Reviews standard substation drawings and equipment configuration requirements related to these systems, including network detection and monitoring tools for embedded firmware devices.

  • Understands and applies standard ICS engineering principles and communication protocols - particularly DNP and IP. Integrates security designs to produce final product.

  • Evaluates a design's overall effectiveness, security, cost, reliability, and safety.

  • Investigates root causes of failures to maintain security and recommend improvements.

  • Implements sound cyber security architecture and configurations on substation devices.

  • Applies NERC CIP compliance requirements.

  • EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) strongly preferred

  • CISSP preferred

Senior Engineer Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency)

  • 5+ years relevant engineering experience

  • EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) required

  • PE (Professional Engineer) registration may be required depending on business need

  • Ability to demonstrate the unique technical skills and core competencies for this engineering level established & documented by the organization.

  • Responsible for the design, modeling, development and testing of substation network security related to SCADA/EMS and teleprotection channels.

  • Reviews standard substation drawings and equipment configuration requirements related to these systems, including network detection and monitoring tools for embedded firmware devices.

  • Understands and applies standard ICS engineering principles and communication protocols - particularly DNP and IP. Integrates security designs to produce final product.

  • Evaluates a design's overall effectiveness, security, cost, reliability, and safety.

  • Investigates root causes of failures to maintain security and recommend improvements.

  • Implements sound cyber security architecture and configurations on substation devices.

  • Applies NERC CIP compliance requirements.

  • CISSP preferred

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: MN - Minneapolis || CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis; TX - Amarillo || United States (US) || Operations || 41595:Substation Communication Eng || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $69,800 to $109,666 per year

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Requisition Number: 32301

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at recruiting@xcelenergy.com

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