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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Civil Structural Engineer I, II, III, IV or Senior (IRC36064) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

This is a senior professional position responsible for the complete physical layout, civil/structural analysis, and detailed design of high voltage electrical substations. Assignments will include the coordination and development of procedures, calculations, construction drawings, contracts, technical specifications, design standards, as well as the implementation of those designs for the construction of substation facilities. The successful candidate will possess a mastery of engineering principles and practices, and the ability to apply that knowledge and experience to all aspects of project scope, budget, schedule, customer service, risk analysis, resource utilization, and construction.

NOTE : There is one position available and the position will be filled at either the Engineer I (Civil/Structural) (NB18), Engineer II ( Civil/Structural) (NB20), Engineer III ( Civil/Structural) (NB22), Engineer IV ( Civil/Structural) (NB23) or Senior Engineer ( System Metering and Substation Automation) (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, Flexible Work Schedules, Life Insurance, Retirement Option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Senior Engineer (Civil/Structural)

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

Engineer IV (Civil/Structural)

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

Engineer III (Civil/Structural)

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

Engineer II (Civil/Structural)

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

Engineer I (Civil/Structural)

Hiring Salary Range: $61,000-$76,000

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

Job Requirements


  • Act as technical liaison with Tri-State's membership, other utilities, and governmental agencies regarding the integrated transmission system.

  • Coordinate with Transmission Operations and Maintenance personnel to assist in the development of operations and maintenance procedures that resolve conflict and achieve a common understanding of the process.

  • Participate in the development of short, mid, and long-range transmission systems plans.

  • Provide project management in planning, scheduling, budgeting, coordinating, and monitoring of system/facility design, construction and installation/testing activities.

  • Develop and maintain standards and procedures for civil engineering design and installation requirements for substations, transmission lines, communications, and other company facilities.

  • Establish, coordinate, and participate in the design, specification, preparation, construction, installation, testing, and evaluation of all civil/structural aspects of substations, transmission lines, communications, and other company facilities.

  • Perform/coordinate civil/structural engineering analyses and detailed design for substation facilities.

  • Write/develop/coordinate construction contracts, material/design standards, and technical specifications.

  • Develop/coordinate drawing packages for bidding, construction, and record purposes.

  • Lead construction activities with technical support, creative solutions, new technology, and timely review of monthly billing and/or change order requests.

  • Self-motivation capable of working independently, or in a design team, toward the timely completion of assigned projects.

  • Effective verbal and written communication including technical writing skills.

  • Develop/communicate/coordinate project scope, budget, and schedules.

  • Lead others in civil/structural design requirements for substation facilities.

  • Lead/conduct design review meetings for projects assigned.

  • Provide guidance on the selection of consulting firms and coordinate/review/approve their design activities.

  • Provide guidance on the selection of construction contractors.

  • Serve as contact with field crews and project management on advanced and highly complex projects.

  • Assist in the preparation and administration of the annual budget.

  • Lead the development of computer programs for engineering design.

  • Prepare property records, reports, and special projects, as required.

  • Leverage your talents and direct the work for others, as required.

  • Assist with training of personnel.

  • Adhere to company policies, programs and procedures as well as Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Corporation (NERC), and Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) standards and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws and regulations.

  • Safety: Maintain safety awareness and comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures to assure a safe working environment. Properly wear and care for applicable safety gear and equipment. Identify and communicate unsafe conditions to supervisor, coworkers, and the Safety functional area and correct or assist in resolving safety concerns and issues. Must understand and comply with the Clearance Procedure as applicable.

  • Culture: Demonstrate a commitment to 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, STADDPro, L-Pile, SAG-10, databases, and other related applications.

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

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

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Commitment to company values.

  • Conflict Resolution


Education and Training

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil or Structural Engineering or related engineering discipline.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Extensive knowledge of civil/structural design of transmission line and/or substations through 345 kV.

  • Extensive knowledge of engineering principles and practices relating to civil engineering, including computer program applications.

  • Extensive knowledge of field techniques for constructing substations, including a working understanding of protection and control, SCADA, and communications.

  • Extensive knowledge of government regulations and industry standards affecting electric utilities.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written.

  • Extensive knowledge of safety policies and procedures.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships.

  • Ability to direct the work of others.


  • Eight (8) years progressive experience in Civil/Structural design, and/or construction management of electric utility related projects. This should include some limited time and experience in the planning, maintenance, and/or operation areas of an integrated electrical utility.


  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in Colorado or eligible for Colorado Registration by reciprocity.

  • Willingness to travel as required. (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


  • Project Management experience and/or Registration as a Project Management Professional through Project Management Institute.

  • Construction, Maintenance, and/or operational experience in the electric utility industry.

  • Leadership role in a professional and/or industry organization (i.e. ASCE, IEEE, NESC, etc.).

NOTE : The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior Engineer ( Civil/Structural) . Those with less experience will be hired at the level I, II, III or IV.

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 basic math, 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 dust and exposed to electrical risks, works around large industrial operating equipment.

Additional Details

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

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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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