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Xcel Energy Control Specialist - Denver, CO Job in Denver, Colorado

Location(s): CO - Denver

Do you want to have an essential role supporting the energy infrastructure that provides power to millions of homes and businesses? Do you want to work for a company that is committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship? Consider a job at one of Xcel Energy’s power plants, and help us keep the lights on.

We anticipate the need for one or more Control Specialist at our Cherokee Station in Denver, Colorado. The hourly pay of this position is $49.97.


Duties include: Directs operators to start, stop and adjust equipment as necessary. Starts, stops and controls various power plant systems that include fans, pumps, regulators, etc. Control and monitor various plant systems and directs operators as necessary. Makes load changes as directed or as system demands. Takes corrective action of all kinds to maintain safe conditions for operating personnel and all equipment while obtaining maximum load as conditions warrant. Works to maximize plant efficiency and minimize costs. Monitors and inspects control panels reporting abnormal conditions and taking corrective actions when needed. Train operators and new controls employees in job duties and responsibilities as assigned. May be assigned to work in lower operator classification on a rotating basis. Ensure the plant operates safely and remains in compliance with plant permit requirements and governmental regulations. Verify the plant is operated in accordance with technical specifications of Boilers, the HRSG’s, gas and steam turbines.


  1. High School Diploma or GED

  2. Must work rotating shifts

  3. Must respond to overtime and callouts

  4. Must commit to working safely and adhere to Company safety rules including wearing a hardhat, safety toe footwear, and protective eye wear, and Proper Protective Equipment (PPE).

  5. Must have Control Board Operator experience (Preferably on Ovation and/or T3000 Controls), completed a control operator/specialist apprenticeship (or equivalent), and with a minimum of 2 years’ experience operating a large combined cycle power/coal plant (or equivalent).

  6. Candidates will be required to pass a written and practical test prior to selection. Knowledge of equipment operation such as pumps, control valves, motor controls with integrated power plant operations experience and is able to demonstrate general control operator knowledge through testing and/or interview.

  7. Successfully pass the Xcel Energy screening requirements, which include a drug screening test and a general security clearance.

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) || Generation || 32200:Cherokee Operations || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 22969

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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