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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. System Operating Engineer I, II, III or Senior (IRC36425) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for providing direct technical support to control center personnel. Performs power flows and contingency analyses to identify transmission constraints during planned and forced outages. Assists in the areas of operational real-time load and generation forecasting. This position is tasked with authority and responsibility to comply with all applicable NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) standards and Regional Entity Reliability Standards. Responsible for performing real-time contingency analyses for forced and planned outages. Performs next-day power flow and transient stability analyses. Interfaces with the Energy Management System (EMS) functional area regarding state estimator, contingency analysis, real-time model, load flow, and training simulator. This position has several mission-critical functions, including the review and optimization of the power system model for the advanced applications.

NOTE: There is one position available, and this position will be filled at either the System Operating Engineer I (NB18), System Operating Engineer II (NB20), System Operating Engineer III (NB22) or Senior System Operating 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.

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 System Operating Engineer

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

System Operating Engineer III

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

System Operating Engineer II

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

System Operating Engineer I

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


  • Responsible for performing real-time contingency analyses for forced and planned outages.

  • Performing next-day and real-time power flow and transient stability analyses.

  • Interface with the EMS functional area regarding state estimator, contingency analysis, real-time model, and training simulator.

  • Assist in the development of the specifications, related software and hardware, and documentation for the training simulator.

  • Coordinate Transmission System Operations needs with Power Marketing, Transmission Maintenance, Transmission Engineering, and Transmission Planning functional areas.

  • Maintain the transmission line data catalog for Transmission System Operation's needs.

  • Develop and maintain historical records regarding transformer and line loadings to be shared with Transmission Planning and Transmission Engineering to target equipment that may need to be replaced.

  • Represent Transmission System Operations in pre-construction meetings, LGIA (Large Generator Interconnection Agreement) and LGIP (Large Generator Interconnection Procedures) meetings, new projects meetings and other related meetings.

  • Provide input and approval in the development, implementation and maintenance of Transmission System Operations Procedures, Standing Orders, Sabotage Reporting, and other documents, guidelines and procedures within Transmission System Operations.

  • Responsible for assisting and directing emergency evacuation training to ensure continued reliable operations in the event the primary transmission control center becomes inoperable.

  • Assist and direct the Outage Coordinators in the daily RC/BA (Reliability Coordinator/Balancing Authority) update calls as required in NERC Standard TOP-003.

  • Analyze transmission system failures and work with other Tri-State support personnel to identify corrective actions and implement changes as necessary. This includes extensive coordination with Tri-State System Metering, Maintenance, EMS, and Transmission System Operations Personnel.

  • Coordinate load shedding plans with the BA's and RC's as identified in NERC Standard EOP-003.

  • Establish SOLs (System Operating Limit) as directed by the RC to ensure consistency with the RC's SOL methodology. (FAC-014)

  • Assist and direct the on-going review and modifications to the emergency operation plans and procedures to ensure the adherence to NERC standards.

  • Coordinate Tri-State G&T operational and next day studies with neighboring utilities and RC's.

  • Assist in developing a strategy for optimizing asset utilization in an open market.

  • Take a leading role in the Transmission System Operator Training Program coordinating Regional Black Start Drills and other special training requirements.

  • Participate on NERC/WECC/RC committees as necessary.

  • Participate in the NERC and WECC audits, as required.

  • Responsible for serving as Acting Operations Support Manager 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.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with 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.


Education and Training:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering discipline required.

  • Possess NERC Certification or the ability to become NERC Certified.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Knowledge of engineering principles and practices applicable to Transmission System Operations.

  • Experience of performing power flow studies using PSSE and/or PSLF software.

  • Basic knowledge of protection system

  • Working knowledge of contract administration.

  • Working knowledge of FERC Order 888 and 889 and the Standards of Conduct.

  • Ability to develop a working knowledge of FERC Order 890.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Working knowledge of Tri-State's service area desired.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Extensive knowledge of an interconnected electrical system.

  • Ability to become and maintain NERC certification.


  • Eight (8) years of progressive electric utility experience and current NERC Certification. Note: The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior System Operating Engineer. Those with less experience will be hired for the Level I, II or III.


  • Willingness to travel as required. (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 required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level and push/pull objects of varying weights, and lift up to ten pounds. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, or controls, talk and hear.

  • 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 a moderate level of noise. All of the duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office 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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