Intermountain Rural Electric Association is a member-owned electric utility cooperative that serves more than 160,000 customers in a 5,000 square mile area along Colorado’s Front Range Mountains. We offer competitive salaries, an exceptional benefits package, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and a friendly, relaxed culture with the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

Join the dedicated employees who have been providing Colorado’s Front Range with electrical service since 1938.

Reports To: Planning Manager
Compensation: PSM-4 ($96,456 – $129,684)
Classifications: Non-Bargaining Unit
Status: Exempt
This position has direct reports: No

Job descriptions are subject to modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities, depending on risk to health and safety of the employee and/or others. The basic requirement of every position is to perform all tasks as assigned. Duties and scope of position may change based on needs of the Association. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.

IREA employees are required to work in a safe manner in accordance with regulatory standards and requirements.

Efficient and cooperative work is required of staff, which includes regular, dependable, punctual attendance except when required by law, and timely and accurate performance of duties.

Position Summary:
The position will be responsible to the Planning Manager for engineering related tasks associated with system planning, design, and construction of distribution, transmission and substation facilities.

• Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and five to ten years of practical equivalent experience required.
• Professional Engineer (PE) designation desired.
• Requires valid Colorado driver’s license with satisfactory driving record within Association standards.
• Proficient with Windmil and Aspen Engineering Analysis software.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint.
• Proficient with general office equipment.

Prepares various system studies including, but not limited to, sectionalizing studies, power factor studies, construction work plans, long-range plans, load balancing studies, interconnection studies and reliability studies.

Calculates voltage drop on existing and future distribution facilities.

Coordinates system protection to maintain system reliability. Maintains and verifies system protection design and relay settings where necessary.

Assists in review and development of compliance reports for state, regional and federal government regulations including FERC, NERC, WECC, WAPA and CPUC.

Verifies that system improvement designs have switching capabilities.

Provides assistance to the Operations Department in regard to sectionalizing and system problems.

Assists in the collection and analysis of data from reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, tests, and aerial photographs to plan and design projects

Performs engineering and inspections for new construction, conversions and system improvement projects. Prepares engineering and staking documents which include drawings, calculations and outlines of required work, including a list of materials needed to complete the projects.

Responsible for review and planning of substation engineering projects.

May occasionally oversee the work performed by lower level engineer, but does not typically possess supervisory responsibilities.

Maintains financial control of projects

Required to return to work in connection with call-outs and emergency situations when directed to do so by supervisor.

Required Skills:
• Integrity: Exhibits a high degree of integrity and honesty.
• Diplomacy: able to use appropriate diplomacy and tact with employees, members, customers and other contacts.
• Ability to effectively read, write and speak the English language to communicate in a clear, straight-forward, and professional manner.
• Critical Thinking: using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
• Active Learning: understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
• Problem Solving: identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
• Judgment and Decision Making: considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
• Systems Analysis: determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
• Time Management: managing one’s own time OR managing one’s own time and the time of others.
• Social Perceptiveness: being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
• Learning Strategies: selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
• Mathematics: using mathematics to solve problems.
• Operations Analysis: analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
• Science: using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
• Confidentiality: able to exercise appropriate discretion and confidentiality OR able to exercise discretion, confidentiality and objectivity in complex and sensitive situations.

Problem Solving/Freedom to Act
Problems are complex and occasionally unique. Methods and procedures are loosely defined and may be unrelated to the work. Work is highly varied. Tasks may be unrelated.

Physical Requirements
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Working Conditions
None: The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).

IREA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Intermountain Rural Electric Association provides an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance, life insurance, 401(k) plan, and a Defined Benefit Pension plan, Parental Leave and Short Term Disability. We also believe in strength in diversity.

If interested, please send us your résumé via email or our online Job Opening Form. Pre-employment drug screening and background check will be conducted.

Intermountain Rural Electric Association is an equal opportunity employer.

IREA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. All qualified candidates are given equal opportunity and selection decisions are based on job-related factors.