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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Transmission Line Engineer I, II, III, or IV (IRC40804) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

This is a professional position responsible for the complete physical layout, civil/structural analysis, and detailed design of high voltage electrical transmission lines utilizing PLS-CADD. Assignments will include the coordination and development of calculations, construction drawings, contracts, technical specifications, and design standards, as well as the implementation of these assignments toward for the construction of transmission line facilities. The successful candidate will possess an extensive and considerable understanding of engineering principles and practices, and the ability to apply that knowledge and experience to all aspects of the projects including scope, budget, schedule, customer service, risk analysis, and construction.


There is one position available and the position will be filled at one of four job grade levels: Transmission Line Engineer I, job grade NB18; Transmission Line Engineer II, job grade NB20; Transmission Line Engineer III, job grade NB22; or Transmission Line Engineer IV, job grade NB23. This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected, 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 including compressed work week and telecommuting opportunities to work remotely up to 50%, Life Insurance, 401K, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Transmission Line Engineer IV

Hiring Salary Range: $107,000-$134,000

Transmission Line Engineer III

Hiring Salary Range: $97,000-$122,000

Transmission Line Engineer II

Hiring Salary Range: $80,000-$101,000

Transmission Line Engineer I

Hiring Salary Range: $66,000-$83,000

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

Job Requirements


  • Perform/Coordinate civil/structural engineering analyses and detailed design for Transmission Line facilities.

  • Write/Develop/Coordinate construction contracts, material/design standards, and technical specifications.

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

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

  • Self-motivated and 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.

  • Establish civil/structural design requirements for Transmission Line facilities.

  • Conduct/Coordinate design review meetings for assigned projects.

  • 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 very complex and state of the art projects.

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

  • Develop/Innovate tools for engineering design (i.e. calculations, spreadsheets, computer programs, etc.).

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

  • Leverage your talents in the direction of work for others, as required.

  • Assist with training of personnel.

  • 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; scope a project, 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.

  • Mastery in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including the Microsoft Office suite of software, the PLS-CADD suite of software, L-Pile (or equivalent software), SAG-10, 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.

  • An ability to resolve conflict.


Education and Training

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Extensive knowledge of RUS and NESC design criteria for 69kV through 345 kV.

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

  • Significant and substantial knowledge of field techniques for constructing Transmission Lines, including a working understanding of the equipment and their uses.

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

  • Extensive knowledge of interconnected system operations and maintenance.

  • Extensive knowledge of surveying techniques, practices, and procedures

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written.

  • Extensive knowledge of safety policies and procedures.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships.

  • Mastery of PLS-CADD and L-Pile (or equivalent software) for line design and analysis and the ability to train others in the use of these tools.

  • Ability to direct the work of others.

  • Significant knowledge and an ability to work with, and learn from, the following disciplines: Substation design, Surveying, Lands, Environmental, Maintenance, Operations, and the Power Plants.


  • Six (6) years of progressive experience in Transmission Line design, Civil/Structural design, and/or construction management of electric utility related projects. Comparable experience in other industries will be evaluated.

  • Those with less experience will be hired at the Transmission Line Engineer I, II, or III job grade level, as appropriate.


  • 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.

  • An active role in professional and/or industry organizations (i.e. AISC, ASCE, ASTM, NESC, RUS, etc.).

  • A practical understanding of electrical theory including protection and control, SCADA, and communications.

  • Proficiency with the AutoCAD suite of Software.

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.

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Company Description

Tri-State is a wholesale power supply cooperative, operating on a not-for-profit basis, with 45 members, including 42 utility electric distribution cooperative and public power district members in four states: Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. Together with its members, Tri-State delivers reliable, affordable and responsible power and energy services to more than a million electricity consumers across nearly 200,000 square miles of the West.

Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., approximately 1,200 people are employed by Tri-State across five states.

Tri-State's electricity is generated from coal, natural gas and hydropower, with a rapidly increasing supply generated from wind and solar. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5,700 miles of high voltage transmission lines. Tri-State's transformative Responsible Energy Plan is reducing emissions, increasing renewable resources, developing new energy services and delivering more flexibility for its members.

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