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Electric System Operator - Denver, CO

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy

Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

This position is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the Electric Distribution System in PSCo Colorado jurisdiction.


  • EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Assess all outages and emergency situations, create and review emergency switch plans, develop service restoration and emergency response plans, and direct the implementation of the plans Document restoration data and review elements of the process for improvement opportunities.
  • REAL TIME SYSTEM MONITORING: Monitor the Electric Distribution System using all network devices including SCADA devices, monitor all feeder loads, monitor switch plans and other computer tools.
    • SWITCHING: Write and direct all emergency switching plans
  • COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION: Coordination with Dispatchers regarding feeder lockouts and other activities.
  • OVERSIGHT: Oversee and perform feeder sets, closing/reclosing and tagging as appropriate, radio and field monitoring and communication, oversee substation activities and other related activities. Situational awareness of entire Area of Responsibility
  • SCADA: Set Scada devices to wildfire settings as appropriate, monitor wildfire situation and communicate with dispatch and crews.
  • WORKLOAD PLANNING/PRIORITIZATION: Prioritize outage, emergency response requests and non-outage service orders, and dispatch to field personnel. Coordinate scheduling and assigning work with dispatchers, substation operators, troubleman, district reps, etc. to meet workload requirements.
  • CUSTOMER INTERACTION: Initiate and respond to key account customer telephone calls regarding outages and other service concerns. Answer fire, police, and other public authority emergency calls and respond with company resources accordingly. Communicate with internal management on effects of customer outages and emergencies as required.
  • EFFICIENCY: Oversee work direction for efficient and effective operation of the distribution system and balance the needs for service reliability and response with cost-effective practices
  • Provide appropriate and thorough documentation for all aspects of operating the electric distribution system including Lock out/Tag out documentation, shift transfers, and outage restoration.


  • Technical requirements include demonstrated knowledge of the electric distribution system design, operation, maintenance, and performance.
  • Education: High school diploma
  • Experience: 5+ years' experience as an electric transmission or electric distribution system operator
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts and respond to emergencies and overtime requirements.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, verbal and written along with excellent computer skills.
  • Able to work both alone and in a team environment under extreme workload, stress, and in all emergency situations.
  • Must successfully pass the EEI/SOPD II test OR possess a journeyman lineman card.

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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

BargainingThe anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $56.27 per hourThis position may also be eligible for the following benefits: Medical/Pharmacy Plan, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Health Care Reimbursement Account, Health Savings Account (HSA) (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Limited-Purpose FSA (if enrolled in eligible health plan and HSA), Long-term disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fitness Center Reimbursement (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Tuition reimbursement, Employee recognition program, Pension, 401(k) plan, Vacation, Holidays, Personal Leave, Sick Time, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO) (full-time employees only)

Pay and benefit packages may vary based on position. Some employees are under collective bargaining agreements, which determine the benefits they will receive. If the information conflicts with the terms of the written plan documents governing the plan, the plan document will control. Benefit plans are subject to change and Xcel Energy has the right to end, suspend, or amend any of its plans, at any time, in whole or in part.

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