Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow?  A  position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

We anticipate the need for one or more Control Specialist in Denver, CO. The hourly pay of this position is $59.70. 



Duties include: 

  • Directs operators to start, stop and adjust equipment as necessary. 

  • Starts, stops and controls various power plant systems that include fans, pumps, regulators, etc.  

  • Control and monitor various plant systems and directs operators as necessary.  

  • Makes load changes as directed or as system demands. 

  • Takes corrective action of all kinds to maintain safe conditions for operating personnel and all equipment while obtaining maximum load as conditions warrant.  

  • Works to maximize plant efficiency and minimize costs.  

  • Monitors and inspects control panels reporting abnormal conditions and taking corrective actions when needed. 

  • Train operators and new controls employees in job duties and responsibilities as assigned.  

  • May be assigned to work in lower operator classification on a rotating basis. 

  • Ensure the plant operates safely and remains in compliance with plant permit requirements and governmental regulations. 

  • Verify the plant is operated in accordance with technical specifications of hydroelectric plants. 

  • Monitor and operate multiple remote hydroelectric plants using SCADA controls. 

  • Prepare and maintain proper LOTO clearances using eSOMS, and SAP within Xcel's safety protocols.  


  • High School Diploma or GED 

  • Must work rotating shifts. 

  • Must respond to overtime and callouts. 

  • Must commit to working safely and adhere to Company safety rules including wearing a hardhat, safety toe footwear, and protective eye wear, and Proper Protective Equipment (PPE). 

  • Must have Control Board Operator experience (Preferably on Factory talk), completed a control operator/specialist apprenticeship (or equivalent), and with a minimum of 2 years’ experience operating a large, combined cycle power/coal plant (or equivalent). 

  • Candidates will be required to pass a written and practical test prior to selection. Knowledge of equipment operation such as pumps, control valves, motor controls with integrated power plant operations experience and is able to demonstrate general control operator knowledge through testing and/or interview. 

  • Successfully pass the Xcel Energy screening requirements, which include a drug screening test and a general security clearance. 

As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $59.70 per hour

This position is eligible for the following benefits: Medical/Pharmacy Plan, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Health Care Reimbursement Account, Health Savings Account (HSA) (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Limited-Purpose FSA (if enrolled in eligible health plan and HSA), Long-term disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fitness Center Reimbursement (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Tuition reimbursement, Employee recognition program, Pension, 401(k) plan, Vacation, Holidays, Personal Leave, Sick Time, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO)

Benefit plans are subject to change and Xcel Energy has the right to end, suspend, or amend any of its plans, at any time, in whole or in part.

Deadline to Apply: 07/23/24

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