Xcel Energy Corosion Prevention Technician Job in Boulder, Colorado

Location(s): CO - Boulder

Are you fit and ready to work hard at a challenging but rewarding job that doesn’t require you to sit behind a desk all day? Do you want to build a long-term career in a stable industry at a company that’s committed to treating you with respect, training you well and ensuring your safety? A field or skilled labor job at Xcel Energy could be the opportunity you’re looking for.

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Xcel Energy has an opening for a Corrosion Prevention Technician that will be located in Boulder, 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 a “breakout” test at the end of each month. Once each of these can be passed, promotion to a Corrosion Control Specialist will occur.

Position Summary:

The Corrosion Control Technician 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 distribution and transmission 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 requires 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:

  • 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 .

  • 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 reliability of the operating systems, public safety and preserving the company’s capital investment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 CrewsPublic Utility Commission Inspectors Designers, Planners, Technicians & AssociatesVendors Managers and DirectorsPressure Control Personnel LocatorsContract Crews Engineers

Laws & Regulations:

Dept of Transportation Rules & Regulations

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)

American Petroleum Institute Standards (API)

Manual of Safe Practices

Gas Standards Manual

Gas Material Manual

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


Steps in Xcel Energy’s hiring process

  1. All qualified candidates will be sent an online assessment via e-mail. Applicants must successfully pass in order to be further considered.

  2. Candidates who successfully pass the assessment will be contacted to come in for an information session and interview.

  3. After attending our information session/interview, our Team Leaders will collaborate to decide which candidates are best qualified and offers will be made.

  4. Candidates who accept the employment offer will be required to pass Xcel Energy’s background check and drug test. This process can take up to two weeks before clearance is issued.

  5. After successful passing of the background check and drug test, candidates are ready to start the training class.

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 - Boulder || CO - Boulder || United States (US) || Operations || 58650:Gas || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 12044

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at recruiting@xcelenergy.com