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Senior Relay Control Specialist



Senior Relay Control Specialist

Pay Range $41.72 to $47.98 / Colorado Springs, CO
Candidates must apply online for the position. Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

The Senior Relay Control Specialist supports Colorado Springs Utilities substations by installing, testing, repairing and maintaining a wide variety of electronic, protective relaying, control, and energy management systems and equipment. This employee is part of the team that conducts mandated NERC testing and compiles documentation to prove compliance.

Typical Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Installing, calibrating, maintaining, testing, troubleshooting, tuning, and repairing critical protection and control systems, with emphasis on quality assurance for the following systems or equipment
  • Relay, relay and control systems, and high-speed communication assisted relay schemes (electro-mechanical, solid state, and microprocessor-based)
  • Transmission protection devices
  • Distribution protection devices
  • Substation protection devices
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • Control systems, logic controllers, operating systems via serial and networked communications
  • System performance monitoring equipment (e.g., fault recorders, SERs, and power quality monitors)
  • Analog and digital instrumentation and monitoring equipment
  • Power line carrier equipment
  • Revenue metering and ancillary devices at interconnection tie points
  • Protective relay and data channels via fiber optics, copper pair, and telecommunications carriers associated with various communication systems
  • Programming, installing, testing, troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing all protective relay equipment
  • Ensuring compliance with mandated maintenance intervals on the bulk power system and submits required documentation to demonstrate compliance
  • Recommending, modifying, and installing new hardware and software components and/or systems
  • Assisting design engineers in reviewing, developing, and maintaining detailed drawing packages and documentation as needed to modify circuitry for various installations, upgrades, and improvements
  • Assuming lead role on equipment installation during commissioning of projects
  • Complying with the safety and health program in support of an incident and injury free workplace

Why should you apply? As an integral member of the team you will be utilizing your professional experience providing guidance and making decisions that can have a positive impact to the overall growth of our community. You will have the opportunity to work with a very dedicated team of professionals who are passionate in their service to our community.

What does it take to be successful in this position? While most people in this occupation would have completed an Associate’s Degree in Electronics and have a minimum of 5 years experience working as relay and control technician, the ideal candidate would also have direct experience with transmission protection devices. We are most interested in your experience in the following areas so be sure to highlight these on your application or resume:

  • Electric transmission and distribution protection systems and auxiliary equipment
  • Electrical protection principles and theories
  • Power system protective relaying and control schemes
  • Electronics, pneumatics, electro-hydraulic and electrical principles and theories
  • Electronic, pneumatic and computer controlled systems and devices
  • SCADA and communication systems
  • Computer networking techniques and methods
  • Computer hardware and software operations
  • Basic mathematics, algebra and trigonometry
  • Basic desktop database design and maintenance
  • Programming languages and operating systems specific to tasks and equipment
  • National Electrical and National Electric Safety Codes
  • Relay and Control Operational and Safety Procedures
  • Electric generation, transmission, and distribution systems, equipment and safety procedures
  • Facilities management
  • Safety procedures

Tap into the power of your potential! 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 invest in our employees through a comprehensive benefits and wellness plan, offered vacation and sick time, tuition assistance, training and development opportunities, and a substantial pension (PERA) program. Come be a part of a team making a difference in the lives of our customers every day.

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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More about Colorado Springs Utilities


Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities is a community-owned enterprise with a 100 year reputation of excellence. As a pioneer in providing four utility services (electric, gas, water, and wastewater) in one enterprise, Colorado Springs Utilities cultivates a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and work-life balance.

We live here; we work here!  With our dedication to the place we call home, we provide critical services to our community. Maybe that's one reason we are often rated a top city in the nation to live, work and play! Colorado Springs offers something for everyone and is one of the nation’s greatest vacation destinations. Come breathe the fresh, clean air of the Rocky Mountains! Choose Colorado Springs!

We value our employees! To be successful in today’s business world, it’s more important than ever to have a workforce that spans cultures, races, religions, gender and backgrounds. At Colorado Springs Utilities, our inclusive culture is defined by our six core values: Safety, People, Trust, Responsibility, Collaboration and Continuous Improvement.

Locally owned and operated! As a locally-owned, not-for-profit utility, we are solely focused on meeting the needs of our friends and neighbors. Community ownership means making investments in the place we call home. It means employees volunteering their personal time for local causes. It means hometown service. Most of all, it means giving our citizen-owners a voice in decisions and control of one of the best utilities in the nation.