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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. IT Network Engineer I, II, III or Senior (IRC33202) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for the planning, development, design, administration, and enforcement of logical and manual systems control and procedures in the day-to-day systems for Information Technology (IT) Operations. Participate with the installation, monitoring, maintenance, support, and optimization of all network hardware, software, and communication links that create local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) across the organization. Evaluate, develop, implement, and maintain WAN/LAN and Wi-Fi functions for assets in a highly secured network, and provide appropriate documentation for compliance. Analyze and resolve network hardware and software problems in a timely and accurate fashion, and provide end user training as needed.

NOTE : There is one position available and this position will be filled at either the IT Network Engineer I (NB17), IT Network Engineer II (NB19), IT Network Engineer III (NB21) or IT Senior Network Engineer (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.

Job Requirements


Strategy and Planning

  • Collaborate with executive management and department leaders to assess near- and long-term network capacity needs.

  • Create and maintain documentation as it relates to network configuration, network mapping, processes, and service records.

  • Develop, implement and maintain policies, procedures, and associated training plans for network administration, usage, and disaster recovery.

  • Assist with the development of architectural strategy, including technology standardization and modernization of enterprise, data center and network security infrastructure.

  • Maintain ongoing communications with all network security stakeholders.

  • Assist in the development, implementation, testing and maintenance of the incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

Acquisition and Deployment

  • Design and deploy company LANs, WANs, and wireless networks, routers, switches, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs), and other hardware.

  • Conduct research on network products, services, protocols, and standards to remain abreast of developments in the networking industry.

  • Oversee new and existing equipment, hardware, and software upgrades.

  • Interact with vendors, outsourcers, and contractors to secure network products and services.

Operational Management

  • Configure networks to ensure smooth and reliable operation to fulfill business objectives and processes.

  • Monitor network performance and troubleshoot problem areas as needed.

  • Ensure network connectivity of all servers, workstations, telephony equipment, and other network appliances.

  • Participate in network asset management, including maintenance of network component inventory and related documentation and technical specifications information.

  • Monitor and test network performance and provide network performance statistics and reports.

  • Participate in managing all network security solutions.

  • Manage and/or provide guidance to junior members of the team.

  • Maintain and enforce IT Operations and Network (OpsNet) strategy and standards, as developed by IT Management and the IT Architecture functions.

  • Compliance and Adherence

  • 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 individually and with team members; 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.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.

  • Excellent communications skills, with emphasis on technical report writing.

  • Strong team player: accomplish tasks through teamwork. Recognize how decisions impact others; seek input from others.

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

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


Education and Training:

  • Bachelor's Degree in business, computer science or information systems or other related area.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Proven experience and success with LAN, WAN, WLAN, and WWAN design and implementation.

  • Proven experience with network capacity planning, network security principles, and general network management best practices.

  • Knowledge of designing and implementing core application services including Network Time Protocol (NTP), Domain Name System (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

  • Extensive network protocol knowledge including the use of first hop routing protocols, BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, and VXLAN.

  • Strong packet analysis knowledge.

  • Expertise in day-to-day operations of a diverse network

  • Expertise in analyzing, diagnosing and resolving problems in support of routers, switches, and wireless access points

  • Proven success in implementing network monitoring and instrumentation.

  • Project management skills required to provide leadership in planning and organizing hardware and software changes.

  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications, relating technical aspects to management and end-users.

  • Strong skills in reading and evaluating technical information. Skills in managing, planning and organizing personal work efforts

  • Ability to react calmly, quickly, and rationally during crisis situation.

  • Knowledge of North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).


  • Eight (8) years of progressive related experience in networking.

  • Experience with Wireless network design and site surveys.

  • Experience with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and deployment with Hardware Security Modules (HSM).

  • Experience with WAN optimization technologies within Enterprise and Datacenter networks.

  • Experience with network access control solutions and 802.1 x authentications.


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

  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time on an annual basis. (Possession of a current valid driver's license or ability to obtain).

  • Must be able to physically deploy switches, wireless access points, firewalls, and other networking devices.


  • CCIE, CCNP, CISSP and GIAC certifications highly desirable.

  • Other networking certs

NOTE: The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the IT Senior Network Engineer. Those with less experience will be hired at the Level I, II or III.


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 primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, bend and frequently utilize a keyboard/computer. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Mental demands : While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent will be required to problem solve, read, write and analyze data, work under schedules and deadline pressure, present information to others, work independently and use discretion and judgment for confidential or sensitive projects/issues.

  • Work Environment : While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed to an office environment indoors, and will occasionally travel outdoors to multiple locations dependent on work.

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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