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Colorado Springs Utilities Senior Distribution System Operator in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Senior Distribution System Operator

Job Type: Skilled Trades & Craft

Pay Range $50.00 to $57.00

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date

Senior Distribution System Operator

This job is eligible for relocation assistance to aid with the costs associated with moving to the Colorado Springs area.

Colorado Springs is one of the most desired places to live in the United States. Our city is a particularly popular place to live for professionals, millennials, and families – thanks to our amazing neighborhoods, easy access to nature and adventure, and our beautiful parks.

Join our team as a Senior Distribution System Operator and utilize your knowledge and expertise to monitor and maintain reliable energy for our customers! Here you'll find more than just a job; it’s an opportunity to live in a top-rated city, realize work-life balance, and find pride in the connection of your work to the community you call home. In fact, Colorado Springs Utilities was recently awarded the Diamond Designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA). The Diamond status is the highest status awarded by the APPA; recognizing our commitment to reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvements. Come see what it’s like to live in a top-rated community and be part of a utility committed to its employees, customers, and community!

Nature of the work as a Senior Distribution System Operator:

You will have the opportunity and responsibility for a full range of duties associated with distribution operations including operating the Distribution System as safely and reliably as possible. To include, the 34.5kv sub-transmission and 12.5kv distribution systems, maintaining system load and voltage balance, working with field personnel to safely restore customer load and safely isolate equipment for maintenance, analyzing system conditions to determine prompt and appropriate responses and correcting problems, and approving/denying system outage requests based on current or forecasted system conditions. Additionally, approving and coordinating work among operating and field personnel.

Additional areas of focus:

  • Preparing reports, operation logs, and records

  • Directing switching procedures performed by personnel

  • Issuing clearances, permissions, and hot line orders

  • Assist and collaborate with Field Engineering to ensure continued system stability

  • Providing technical guidance and on the job training to operators and ensuring all procedures are understood

  • The successful candidate will be required to work a rotating day and night shift schedule, weekends, and holidays. In addition, you will be working under general supervision, but you will make critical and independent decisions in a fast-paced environment under sometimes stressful conditions.

What you bring to the table…..

Ideally, you will have a high level of knowledge and competence in Electric Generation, Electric Transmission, Electric Distribution, and Control Room Operations and possess three or more years of demonstrated experience. We are also interested in your experience in the following:

  • Understanding of distribution system mapping

  • Operating policies and procedures

  • Using computers and software applications

  • Coordinating procedures and resources

  • Distribution system operations

  • SCADA and Energy Management Systems (EMS)

  • Switching and load restoration principles

  • Outage Management Systems

Our Commitment:

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families, through our comprehensive benefits program.

  • Medical – Select from three medical plans including a Health Savings Account compatible plan

  • Voluntary Wellness Program – Earn incentives, gift cards, and gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two plans including orthodontia coverage

  • Vision Insurance – Voluntary plan covering a full range of vision care services

  • Health Savings Accounts – Tax-advantaged savings account used for healthcare expenses

  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Tax-advantaged spending accounts for healthcare and/or dependent daycare expenses

  • Disability Insurance –Short-Term and Long-Term coverage provides income replacement for illness or injury

  • Life Insurance – Term life coverage with the option to purchase supplemental coverage

  • Paid Time Off – vacation, personal leave, sick leave, holidays, jury and bereavement

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase additional vacation time

  • Pension – Colorado PERA retirement plan funded by both employees and the organization.

  • Retirement Saving Programs

Supplement your pension with PERA 401(k) or PERA Roth 401(k), ICMA Roth IRA, ICMA 457 or 457 Roth plan

  • Educational Assistance – Financial assistance for qualifying courses

  • Additional Benefits

Employee Assistance Program, and Long-Term Care Insurance


  • Colorado Springs Utilities is considered an essential business delivering critical services to our community. During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are hiring for a variety of positions. Interviews for many positions will leverage remote technology solutions, including the enhanced use of email, telephone, and video solutions where possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

  • All postings will close at 11:59 pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled .

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Skilled Trades & Craft