Rotating Equipment Specialist III

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy

Henderson, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

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.

Position Summary

This position will be located in Henderson, Colorado. Applies thorough knowledge and utilizes advanced technical expertise in a specific specialty area in support of operations and maintenance across the Xcel Energy fleet. Specialty areas include, but are not limited to Process Controls, Operational Technology (OT), Electrical, Turbine-Generators/Rotating Equipment, Boilers/Heat Recovery steam generators, and/or Non-Destructive Testing (NDE/NDT). Provides technical support consisting of diagnostic analysis, short and long-term maintenance/outage planning, resource development, documentation, and reliability centered operations and maintenance program direction and support. Interfaces extensively with other departments, plants, and OEMs and may oversee craft employees. Responsibilities are generally 50% in technical support, 30% in outage support, and 20% in maintaining fleet-wide programs and processes. Extensive travel within a region and across the fleet may be required. Some international travel may also be required. Xcel Energy is hiring at either the Rotating Equipment Specialist III level or the Staff, Senior or Principal Rotating Equipment Engineer level (Separate postings). Please review each respective posting and apply to the position you are best qualified for.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide technical expertise, direction, and alternatives for control systems and major equipment problems at all facilities. Troubleshoot system problems, assess equipment condition, and coordinate corrective maintenance work on equipment. Manage major maintenance projects (turbine overhauls, pump repair, maintenance of auxiliaries, etc.) including scoping, planning, scheduling, and supervision of craft employees.

  • Provide major facility maintenance project supervision for scheduled and unscheduled outages. Develop computerized scheduling techniques for modifications and new systems.

  • Conduct periodic audits of Quality Assurance procedures. Develop standards and procedures to support consistent methods to improve equipment/generation reliability. Communicate identified best practices between plants, regions, and subsidiaries. Ensure plants are kept abreast of new technology.

  • Coordinate and evaluate generation asset maintenance programs to increase facility reliability. Assist or perform testing, generate reports, and interpret results for generation facilities. Direct and coordinate technical root cause analysis.

  • Design system modifications. Provide recommendations for modifications of systems to improve operations and maintenance processes for improved reliability.

  • Coordinate maintenance/capital projects with plant and engineering staff. Perform system testing, compile data, and submit results for management review. Provide proper documentation for all projects.

  • Provide detailed justification for multi-year budgets and outage work plans. Write specifications and purchase requisitions for services to support fleet reliability activities. Act as a liaison with contractors/service providers and the Company.

  • Provide technical direction in lieu of architect/engineer or OEM technical representative in specialty area. Functions in a lead role in major O&M and capital projects.

This role will provide the following critical functions:

  • Vibration analysis on critical rotating turbomachinery in the Colorado region.

  • Support generation facilities with analysis and recommendations for safe operation, improved machine reliability, and reduced maintenance cost for a broad range of equipment including motors, pumps, blowers, compressors, etc.

  • Lead an expanding vibration condition monitoring program and strategize efficient methods for data analysis utilizing technology.

  • Support data consistency and integration with Monitoring and Diagnostic Center and Asset Performance Management software.

  • Advise on any balancing work necessary on turbomachinery and other auxiliary rotating equipment.

  • Maintain machinery diagnostic and protection standards and audit functionality of machinery diagnostic and protection hardware and software in region.

  • Specify monitoring requirements for new equipment installations and witness acceptance testing of critical rotating equipment.

Minimum Requirements

-Minimum of nine (9) years of work experience in power generation, or equivalent industrial manufacturing/power generation setting, or OEM operations/maintenance that demonstrates thorough knowledge of standard engineering principles/practices/techniques and power generation operations/maintenance processes with expertise in one or more of the following areas: process control, operational technology (OT), electrical, turbine-generators/rotating equipment, boilers/heat recovery steam generators, and/or non-destructive testing (NDE/NDT).

-Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) experience is helpful.

-Some college coursework in engineering is desirable.

-Must have the ability to travel extensively and work non-typical schedules.

-Must be self-motivated and work with minimal supervision.

-Experience in supervising craft employees desired.


  • Category IV vibration analyst certification.

  • Experience balancing rotating equipment.

  • Certification in infrared thermography, lubrication, motor testing, ultrasound, etc.)

  • Experience with prevalent vibration monitoring equipment such as Bently Nevada products.

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.

Non-BargainingThe anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $90,000.00 to $127,332.00 per yearThis position may also be eligible for the following benefits and/or pay components: Pay - Annual Incentive Program, Medical/Pharmacy Plan, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, 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), Transportation Reimbursement Account, Short-term disability (STD), Long-term disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fitness Center Reimbursement (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Tuition reimbursement, Transit programs, Employee recognition program, Pension, 401(k) plan, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Personal holidays, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO) (full-time employees only), Parental Leave

Pay and benefit packages may vary based on position. Some employees are under collective bargaining agreements, which determine the benefits they will receive. If the information conflicts with the terms of the written plan documents governing the plan, the plan document will control. 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.

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