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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. System Operations Technical Services Analyst I, II, or Senior - Exempt (IRC36306) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for all Energy Management System (EMS) human/machine interface (HMI) functions to include the development and implementation of HMI displays. Responsible for coordinating activities with EMS staff, System Operators, and Member Systems where applicable to ensure seamless transitions and implementation of the EMS system.

Note: There is one position available and the position will be filled at one of three job grade levels: System Operations Technical Services Analyst I, job grade NB19; System Operations Technical Services Analyst II, job grade NB20; or Senior Operations Technical Services Analyst, job grade NB22. This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected, 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, Flexible Work Schedules, Life Insurance, Retirement Security Pension Plan, 401K, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Senior Operations Technical Services Analyst

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

System Operations Technical Services Analyst II

Hiring Salary Range: $ 74,000-$92,000

System Operations Technical Services Analyst I

Hiring Salary Range: $67,000-$84,000

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

Job Requirements


  • Responsible for interfacing with System Operators, Operations staff, and Substation Operations and Maintenance personnel to identify and determine EMS/SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) issues and assist in guiding the technicians to the proper solution.

  • Responsible for developing, maintaining, and updating EMS displays to include coding and integrating, ensuring the EMS model is kept current with system expansion following established guidelines for new systems.

  • Responsible for developing EMS screens to support the EMS Advanced Applications suite of products, including the Operator Training Simulator, State Estimator, Real-Rime Security Analysis, and Dispatcher Power Flow.

  • Provide guidance for conducting SCADA point-to-point test procedures and maintaining historical documentation.

  • Research and analyze SCADA values for accuracy and identify the value and potential use of SCADA data for System Operations.

  • Identify SCADA problems, research, develop, and recommend solutions to management to eliminate issues.

  • Coordinate and maintain System Operations outage coordination and logging software data requirements and vendor updates and patches installation and testing. Interface with vendor to ensure that System Operations software issues are addressed and requirements are met and properly implemented.

  • Interface with the Reliability Coordinators to ensure applicable reliability data is supplied in accordance with all regional requirements.

  • Interface with Transmission Engineering to provide guidance and direction for the development of SCADA points for new and existing equipment.

  • Support NERC required training activities of new employees, System Operators, Transmission Operators, Transmission Service Operators and Transmission Operator Trainees, as needed.

  • Provide assistance in the development and implementation of the Operator Training Simulator.

  • Assume the duties of the Senior Manager Grid Operations in their absence.

  • 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.


  • Leadership: Demonstrated ability to identify functional area business needs and establish goals and objectives to ensure alignment with enterprise goals.

  • Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan upcoming initiatives including prioritizing workload, developing schedules and meeting deadlines.

  • Time management: The ability to prioritize and schedule projects and meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Strong team player.


Education and Training

  • Associate's degree or comparable technical school certification in advanced computer graphics, electrical drafting, or related discipline, or equivalent job related work experience or training.

  • NERC Certification is required and will be considered as meeting this requirement.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Strong expertise and knowledge in both the operation of the Tri-State Transmission system and the EMS/HMI design standards, or comparable electric utility experience.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite software applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and Power Point.

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Ability to manage complex technical duties requiring application of varied methods and techniques.

  • Ability to apply and integrate existing knowledge of electrical power system operations in the development of the EMS/HMI screens.

  • Possess a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Ability to communicate technical and non-technical data, both verbally and written.

  • Ability to design, develop and layout computer displays for the best visual interpretation.

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

  • Ability to effectively communicate both technical and non-technical information to a wide audience.


  • Eight (8) years of progressive related electric utility, or related industrial, experience involving operating or providing technical support to real-time control systems graphics software or equivalent. Those with less experience will be hired at the System Operations Technical Services Analyst I or II job grade level, as appropriate.


  • Must be able to distinguish colors.

  • Must be willing to travel on occasion. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)

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 primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, and bend. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors, and the ability to adjust focus. May require the ability to lift 30 lbs.

  • Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to read, write, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, direct the work of others, 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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