DORA/Public Utilities Commission: Professional Engineer II

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO3.5

Full-time | Part-time | Commission$7,400 - $8,800 a month
Department Information

This announcement has been extended, the new closing date is November 15, 2019.

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 values and promotes diversity, supporting a workforce that is inclusive of people from different backgrounds and experiences; creating an environment that is reflective of our communities; promoting positive relationships; and putting forth unique perspectives to fulfill our mission.
Description of Job

DORA's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) serves the public interest by effectively regulating utilities and facilities so that the people of Colorado receive safe, reliable and reasonably-priced services consistent with the economic, environmental and social values of our state.

The position works in the PUC's Energy Section, which generally exists to provide professional analysis, technical and policy testimony, and/or advice and recommendations on engineering, economic, financial, and operational matters. The unit functions as a team to challenge, develop, present and recommend complex engineering, financial and legal approaches in utility regulation. The team functions both in formal legal proceedings and informal negotiations and contacts with regulated companies. In performing these functions, the work unit must balance the need for financially healthy utilities with the needs of consumers to receive safe, reliable utility services at reasonable rates. An increasingly important function of the work unit is to assist in the evolution of new regulatory structures 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.

Position: SGA 5151

The purpose of this position is to review, investigate, and prepare advisory memorandum for uncontested proceedings where electric distribution is at issue. The position also reviews, investigates, issues audit and discovery, prepares written testimony, and defends staff recommendations in hearings in formal litigated proceedings where electric distribution activities are at issue. The proceedings may include electric power distribution planning proceedings, municipalization applications, certificates of public convenience and necessity applications, and distribution planning applications.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
Reviewing complex electric distribution one-line diagrams, and electric distribution analyses and models;
Developing independent analyses of electric distribution system as required;
Preparing written and/or oral recommendations concerning advice letters, applications, and other filings;
Drafting orders for the Commissioners that are accurate, unbiased, complete, and representative of the Commissioners' findings and decisions;
Developing recommendations for consideration by the Commission regarding utility capital investments, adoption of new technologies, methodologies for analyses, and accommodation of customer needs (i.e., interconnection of rooftop solar, customer-sited energy storage or battery systems, electric vehicle charging, etc.);
Drafting rules that are comprehensive, concise and understandable for consideration by the Commission and other interested parties;
Determining which audit should be propounded, and whether any inspections should be completed in order to adequately analyze utility proposals for electric distribution facilities;
Participating as Commission trial staff in contested proceedings associated with electric distribution systems such as renewable energy standard plans, and electric distribution CPCN applications and cost recovery proceedings where electric distribution expense recovery is an issue;
Participating 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, and new and emerging electric distribution technologies, with a goal of increasing Commission and staff knowledge;
Conducting inspections and monitoring activities, including, but not limited to, a review of utility methods, practices and procedures; collecting and analyzing data samples; completing necessary reports and documentation; and communicating findings to utilities, the Commission and other parties as appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer from the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors; AND
Two years of professional* experience in electrical engineering, one of which must have been as a licensed professional engineer.
Document this experience in your application IN DETAIL, as your experience will not be inferred or assumed. Part time experience will be prorated.

Appropriate education in addition to that required for the professional engineer license will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Professional work involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment and personal accountability and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is: uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.
Preferred Qualifications/Competencies:
Degree in electrical engineering;
Electrical utility industry experience;
Public policy experience;
Experience working on energy policy;
Experience explaining and breaking down complex, technical engineering concepts into layman's terms;
Electric distribution engineering experience.
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):
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills (which includes being cognizant that not all recipients of such communications are professional engineers);
Professional demeanor;
Demonstrated attention to detail;
Comfortable demonstrating expertise in front of authorities;
Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team;
Strong judgment and confidence in decision-making skills;
Flexibility and adaptability with regard to change management, including the ability to adhere to and ensure compliance with changes in work processes, adapt to changing priorities, and maintain a willingness to comply with and support organizational change(s);
Strategic thinking, including the ability to identify emerging issues, anticipate trends, and take a proactive and creative approach in developing solutions;
Demonstrated research, analytical and problem-solving skills;
Time management, including the ability to work under tight deadlines, to manage multiple assignments simultaneously, and to shift priorities as is frequently needed in a fast-paced work environment;
Ability to read and analyze laws, rules, regulations and policies and interpret them in order to explain them to various stakeholders;
Proficiency in the use of various PC software applications, including Microsoft Office (Access, Word, Excel, etc.), Google Docs, etc., as well as in the use of databases.
Conditions of Employment: Candidates who fail to meet the conditions of employment will be removed from consideration.
The successful passing of a reference check and/or, if required, a background 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.
The type of background check depends on the job duties of the position, and can include a review of any criminal record, credit report, and/or driving record.
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.

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.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Addison Dittrich via email at at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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.