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Cathodic Protection Technician Thereafter - Pueblo, CO Job

Location(s): CO - Pueblo


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.



Xcel Energy has an opening for a Cathodic Protection Technician Thereafter and will be located in Pueblo, Colorado.

Permanent headquarters will be at the location listed in this job posting, however it is anticipated that the first 6 months of work will be primarily based out of the Denver Headquarters for training. The first 6 months of training will include an evaluation at the end of each month. Once all requirements have been met, promotion to Cathodic Protection Technician Thereafter will occur.


Position Summary:

The Cathodic Protection Technician Thereafter is self-directed with independent decision-making responsibilities pertaining to the natural gas CP systems.  The responsibility of this position is to preserve the integrity of the natural gas systems by minimizing the deterioration of buried steel pipeline systems through corrosion control engineering practices and in accordance with Federal, State and local rules and regulations. The position also requires the employee to evaluate leakage as well as initiate repair and/or replacement orders. Employee shall perform these responsibilities in a safe and innovative manner to insure customer needs are met and value is added to the corporation. Within the employee’s area of operation or as assigned: coordinate, inspect and oversee cathodic protection requirements of gas construction and maintenance activities to insure work requests are performed as designed. 

Due to the strategic importance of pipeline safety with regard to corrosion, the PUC and DOT require that personnel performing corrosion prevention work must have appropriate training (operator qualifications) and experience in the field and/or work under the direction of someone who has these credentials.  The company requires that personnel performing cathodic protection work in this capacity be certified as a Cathodic Protection Technician-NACE International CP Level II.


Major Responsibilities:

  1. Within the employees’ area of operation, or as assigned, this position is responsible for focusing on preventing corrosion and complying with codes.  Also, facilitates the training for the Cathodic Protection Technician as directed by the FJTC.
  2. Perform cathodic protection surveys (pipe-to-soil reads, rectifier reads, current requirement, etc.) through on-site personal assessment and analysis to formulate solutions that will promptly re-establish cathodic protection on the natural gas distribution and transmission systems maximizing the reliability of the operating systems, public safety and preserving the company’s capital investment.
  3. Initiate required cathodic protection remedial measures as necessary to preserve delivery assets and forward to appropriate personnel for prompt attention to insure compliance with D.O.T rules and regulations Part 192 and company standards.  Mitigation may include clearing above-ground shorts and installing drive-in anodes when appropriate.
  4. Recommend cathodic protection mitigation activities & monitor status of orders in assigned area to insure that work is performed and completed in a timely manner. To achieve corporate goals, employee may make recommendations to managers and coordinators as well as assist designers to direct application of Corrosion Prevention requirements to service providers.
  5. Evaluate leakage, initiate corrective action to insure public safety and/or system reliability and determine the most economical method to eliminate leakage.  Create and issue repair orders and/or system rehabilitation orders up to 4” in diameter.  For systems larger than 4” in diameter, initiate replacement recommendations.
  6. Provide design requirement information for cathodic protection systems designs, provide mapping updates regarding CP equipment in the GIS software and maintain and update records in computer systems.
  7. Routinely coordinate own work and prioritizes daily workload of cathodic protection surveys and related activities.  Will participate in the corrosion prevention portion of P.U.C. audits in assigned area of operation.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Must be able to design and diagnostically test AC/DC circuits
  • Must have an understanding of AC/DC electricity
  • Must have a understanding of electronic instrumentation
  • Must have a understanding & ability to make minor repairs and adjustments on electrical measuring instruments
  • Must have ability to use computer, calculator, electric measuring instruments, company vehicles and common hand tools
  • Must have ability to oversee, instruct, train & direct other employees
  • Must have knowledge of past and present construction practices and material selections
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills
  • Must have ability to use ingenuity, imagination, tact, good judgement, mental alertness, initiative, accuracy, analytical ability and mechanical aptitude
  • Must have knowledge of galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection systems
  • Must have ability to evaluate and make recommendations relating to controlling leakage


External and Internal Customers:

Customers                                                                County, City & State Agencies                     

Other pipeline companies                                         Company Crews

Public Utility Commission Inspectors                        Designers, Planners, Technicians & Associates

Vendors                                                                     Managers and Directors

Pressure Control Personnel                                      Locators

Contract Crews                                                         Engineers


Minimum Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 3 years minimum experience in a Cathodic Protection Technician classification or equivalent experience
  • Cathodic Protection Technician-NACE International CP Level II
  • Proficient in the use of computer data & tracking systems
  • Maintain valid Drivers License
  • Completion of additional requirements that are identified by a joint training committee




Xcel Energy is committed to the safety of its employees and customers, and promotes a Safety Always culture. Because of this, we strongly encourage all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; however, vaccination is not mandatory. After being hired, you will asked to report your vaccination status and dates of vaccination. This information will be maintained confidentially and disclosed only on a need-to-know basis. If you are not fully vaccinated or choose not to disclose your vaccination status you will be required to follow any health-and-safety rules applicable to unvaccinated employees.


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.


Posting Notes:  CO - Pueblo || CO - Pueblo || United States (US) || Operations || 63760:Gas Corrosion Prevention PSCo || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $43.15 per hour

This position may also be 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) (full-time employees only)


Requisition Number: 53588

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