Colorado State DORA: Public Utilities Commission - Professional Engineer I in Denver Metro, Colorado

DORA: Public Utilities Commission - Professional Engineer I



DORA: Public Utilities Commission - Professional Engineer I


$6,076.00 - $7,643.00 Monthly


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Regulatory Agencies

Job Number



5/24/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado.

Consumer protection is our mission.

DORA is a progressive, innovative government agency where employees and customers alike are valued. In an effort to align with Governor Hickenlooper's Three E's of good government (Effective, Efficient and Elegant), DORA has utilized and implemented numerous LEAN projects, and continues to identify areas where progress and improvements can be made. If you are interested in becoming a part of an environment where creative thinking, customer service, and protecting consumers through healthy regulation is valued, DORA is the place for you!

Working for the State of Colorado at the Department of Regulatory Agencies offers an excellent total compensation package including:

  • Medical and Dental Health Insurance for employees and optional coverage for their dependents

  • Life Insurance for employees, and optional coverage for their dependents

  • Paid Time Off, including 10 paid holidays

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan, PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Job Security

  • Commuter Benefits

  • Free, Confidential Counseling Services

  • Excellent work-life programs such as flexible schedules, training opportunities and more!

*Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more:

  • Effective. Measure every aspect of government to be sure it's doing what it's supposed to do and to look at outcomes to judge whether our programs are successful.

  • Efficient. Deliver services in ways that are timely and effective including identifying waste and duplication and measure for efficiency.

  • Elegant. Deliver state services in a way that elevates both the state employee and the person receiving state services.

Description of Job

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Commission) serves the public interest by effectively regulating utilities and facilities. The unit functions as a team to challenge, develop, present and recommend complex engineering, financial and legal approaches in utility regulation. An increasingly important function of the work unit is to assist in the evolution of new regulatory policies in the face of the new business environment brought about by increased focus on consumer protection, emerging technologies, and increasing competition in many areas of utility operations; emerging environmental regulations and related costs of traditional utility services. The team functions both in formal legal proceedings at the PUC and informal negotiations and contacts with regulated companies. In performing these functions, the work unit balances the need for financially healthy utilities with the needs of the consumers to receive safe, reliable utility service at reasonable rates.

Position: SGA 5141

This position reviews, investigates, prepares written testimony, and defends staff recommendations in formal litigated proceedings in front of the Commission where electric power transmission activities are at issue. The litigated proceedings may include electric power transmission planning proceedings, certificates of public convenience and necessity applications, and resource planning and acquisition applications. The electric transmission system for Colorado and the Western Interconnection is planned and developed through coordinated processes of several planning forums. This position assists in representing the Commission in local and interstate forums where electric power transmission planning and coordination is at issue.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Advise Commissioners on uncontested matters associated with electric power transmission facilities;

  • Review and prepare complex spreadsheet analyses, electric power transmission one-line diagrams, and electric power transmission analyses and models;

  • Participate as Commission trial staff in contested proceedings associated with electric power transmission facilities such as electric resource plans and electric power transmission CPCN applications;

  • Participate in formal evidentiary hearings as an expert witness subject to cross-examination by opposing parties;

  • Assists legal counsel in the development of written closing statements of position;

  • Participate as a member of cross-organizational task forces assigned specific responsibilities to investigate and report on federal and state legislation, alternative regulatory treatment in other jurisdictions, new and emerging electric transmission technologies, and regional transmission planning efforts.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (MQs): Current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer from the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors.

Document this experience in your application IN DETAIL, as your experience will not be inferred or assumed. Part-time experience will be prorated.

Required Competencies: The following knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics are required competencies and may be considered during the selection process (including examination and/or interview):

  • Established oral and written communication skills that demonstrate the ability to understand and speak to various stakeholders;

  • Proven analytical skills;

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a team;

  • Critical thinking skills including information gathering, problem identification, application of relevant information and decision making;

  • Time management with the ability to manage competing priorities;

  • Demonstrated willingness to learn and desire for improvement;

  • Diligent attention to detail and quality in accomplishing tasks;

  • Proven accountability;

  • Knowledge and understanding of the use of PC software applications including Microsoft Office (Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, Google drive, and suite, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications/Competencies: The following knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics are preferred competencies and may be considered during the selection process (including examination and/or interview):

  • Strategic thinking including the ability to spot emerging issues and anticipate trends;

  • Professional awareness and the understanding of a regulatory environment;

  • Engineering experience in utility or heavy industrial business sector.

Conditions of Employment: Candidates who fail to meet the conditions of employment will be removed from consideration.

  • The successful passing of a reference check.

  • A reference check may include but is not limited to: contacting previous and current supervisors to verify employment and discuss performance, a review of the personnel file, a review of the performance record, etc.

Supplemental Information

PLEASE READ - Required Application Materials

Interested individuals must submit the following online:

  1. A completed State of Colorado Application (log-in to your current NeoGov account or create a NeoGov account to complete the online application). Note: Incomplete applications, including incomplete work history sections or "see résumé," "see attachment," or "see addendum" statements, will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

  2. A current email address on your application, as all communication pertaining to this position, will be conducted via email. Please set up your email to accept messages from and '' addresses, and check your email often. Note: The department cannot guarantee the successful delivery of email, including incorrect filtering into junk mail folders.

  3. A detailed cover letter, explaining how you meet the required competencies and how your accomplishments, qualifications, skills, areas of expertise, personal characteristics, etc. make you a good fit for this position; you may also attach additional documents that demonstrate this.

  4. A Copy of your Colorado Professional Engineer license.

Comparative Analysis Process: Structured Application Review

Part of, if not the entire, comparative analysis process for this position will involve a review of the information you submit in your application materials; Therefore, it is paramount that in the experience portion of your application and cover letter, you describe the extent to which you possess the education, experience, and competencies outlined in the job announcement as well as the required and/or preferred qualifications/competencies. You are also encouraged to attach additional documents to that effect. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may affect your score and prevent you from competing in subsequent measures used to arrive at a top group of applicants.

Veterans' Preference: Candidates who wish to assert Veterans' Preference should attach a copy of their DD214 to their application. Failure to do so will result in being denied Veterans Preference.

PLEASE NOTE: Former State Personnel System employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose this information on the application. Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through competitive examination of merit and fitness. Failure to include the required information, failure to follow instructions, and/or failure to submit materials by the application deadline may result in your application not being considered for the position and may affect your score or inclusion in the final pool of qualified candidates.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

HOW TO APPLY: Thank you for your interest. Submit an online application by clicking the link below or submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental questions according to the instructions provided below. Failure to submit a complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before the closing date and time listed above.


Only online applications will be accepted for this position.


Heidi Hamilton:

METHODS OF APPOINTMENT: Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.