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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Engineer Power System Planning I,II, III, or Senior- Exempt (IRC34744) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for power system analysis in development of new bulk transmission lines and substation facilities. Responsible for planning, coordinating, directing, and providing engineering support for development of the transmission system including planning coordination of Tri-State Member distribution system plans. Assists in technical studies and maintenance of databases and models associated with the Bulk Electric System. Perform engineering analysis in conjunction with neighboring transmission utilities. Will also prepare written reports and presentations on results of transmission system studies and other engineering studies. Perform Electromagnetic Transient (EMT) studies, as necessary.

NOTE : There is one position available and this position will be filled at either the Engineer I Power System Planning (Job grade NB18), Engineer II Power System Planning (Job grade NB20), Engineer III Power System Planning (Job grade NB22), or Senior Engineer Power System Planning (Job grade NB23). This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.

Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Life Insurance, Retirement option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Engineer I (Power System Planning)

Hiring Salary Range: $61,400-$76,800

Engineer II (Power System Planning)

Hiring Salary Range: $ 74,300-$92,900

Engineer III (Power System Planning)

Hiring Salary Range: $90,000-$112,500

Senior Engineer (Power System Planning)

Hiring Salary Range: $99,000-$123,000

Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring range based upon work experience, education, and/or skill level.

Job Requirements


Please note that the essential functions and responsibilities required will change depending on experience and the level the applicant is hired in at. These duties are reflective of a Senior Level Engineer (Power System and Planning).

  • Responsible for the development of technical studies for the interconnected transmission system including power flow, short-circuit, stability, and EMT models and application. Responsible for the development and maintenance of transmission line and transformer databases. Also, responsible for the development of capital construction budgets.

  • Review and coordinate the development of transmission system additions in support of new load requirements.

  • Coordinate construction work plans and long range plans.

  • Conduct engineering analyses of joint planning studies and operating studies with other utilities.

  • Prepare written reports and presentations documenting the results of transmission system studies and engineering economic studies.

  • Present recommended projects to staff, stakeholders, and managers for approval by Tri-State Board of Directors.

  • Develop standards for transmission interconnection, service standards and compliance with other planning standards.

  • Evaluate contracts and agreements affecting transmission interconnections, transmission service, construction agreements and other documents affecting functional area and make appropriate recommendations.

  • Participate in integrated resource planning studies and provide coordination, review and provide engineering support as required.

  • Provide technical direction to others and prepare reports and special projects, as required.

  • Train and coordinate the work of new personnel, as required.

  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.

  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.

  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.


  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.

  • Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.

  • Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.

  • Commitment to company values.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.

  • Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.

  • Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.


Please note that the required job qualifications will change depending on experience and the level the applicant is hired in at. These qualifications are reflective of a Senior Level Engineer (Power System and Planning).

Education and Training:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related area.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • General knowledge of electrical power transmission and substation equipment.

  • Working knowledge of related computer programs and applications, including spreadsheets.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written.

  • General knowledge of safety policies and procedures, desired.

  • General knowledge of government regulations affecting electric utilities, desired.


  • Eight (8) or more years (or equivalent combination of experience and education).


  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time on an annual basis. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)

  • Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.


  • Electric utility experience in transmission system planning to include system analysis and planning methods, and project coordination.

  • Power option preferred in Bachelor's Electrical Engineering degree.

  • Registered Professional Engineer.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands : While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level up to 10 lbs. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Incumbent must have finger dexterity, good vision, good color vision, good hearing, and ability to speak clearly, and handle intricate work.

  • Mental demands : While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform required engineering calculations, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.

  • Work Environment : While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to moderate level of noise. Majority of duties are performed indoors primarily at a desk.

Additional Details

All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site.

Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs.

Company Description

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,480 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.

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