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ENGINEER – Gas Division - Ellensburg, WA


DEPARTMENT: Energy Services
SALARY: $6,480- $8,640/month - FLSA Exempt
OPENING DATE: March 27, 2017
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled – First Review of Applications on April 17, 2017

JOB SUMMARY:
Provide engineering design and project management for the natural gas distribution system; develop standard operating procedures and material and equipment standards to accomplish the construction and maintenance of the distribution system. Assist Gas Engineering and Operations Manager in areas assigned. Provide customer assistance for natural gas questions and problems.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
All of the following are to be performed while adhering to City of Ellensburg operational policies, safety rules, and procedures, and applicable State and Federal regulations. This position requires regular and consistent attendance to accomplish the following essential functions:

Oversee or conduct gas system studies, distribution integrity management program, leak evaluations, standard operating procedures, public awareness program, marketing program, cathodic protection system studies, as well as long range plans and other studies as required

Determine the need for and recommend additional facilities to meet increased, new, or future loads or to improve system reliability and efficiency, including a cost-benefit analysis

Administer gas modeling program, resolve problems of high or low pressure

Prepare and recommend construction and system improvement projects for inclusion in annual budget

Prepare design plans, specifications, bid documents, contracts, price proposals and cost estimates for all types of gas projects

Develop and write standard operating procedures and revise procedures to reflect regulatory changes; monitor and ensure compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations, coordinate and respond to annual safety audits, take corrective action as necessary;

Provide designs and prepare plans for line extensions and system improvements, including regulator and meter stations

Monitor warehouse inventory, prepare specifications for material purchases, initiate purchasing of required materials for construction and maintenance projects, and maintain the stock book

Prepare annual reports required by State and Federal regulations

Oversee maintenance of computerized system basemaps, schematics and system drawings as required

Research right of way and easement acquisitions; procure easements, right of way permits, critical areas and hydraulic permits as required

Administer SCADA system

Other duties may be assigned.

This is a representative sample--not to imply a complete listing of responsibilities and tasks.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supervise Engineering Specialist-Gas and supervise operations crew in absence of Gas Engineering and Operations Manager.

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring recommendations, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree (B.S. from four year college or university preferably in Mechanical or Civil Engineering) and two years related utility experience. Professional Engineering license preferred. An equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience may be substituted if it provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to accomplish the essential duties and supervisory responsibilities of the Gas Engineer.
LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
(A) Thorough knowledge of civil and/or mechanical engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting; Considerable knowledge or ability to obtain of applicable City policies, State and Federal laws, and regulations affecting Division activities.
(B) Skill in arriving at cost estimates on complex projects; and in operating the listed tools and equipment.
(C) Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, City officials and the general public. Ability to conduct necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
(A) Must be physically capable of moving about on construction sites; (B) Must pass DOT mandated drug test(s)
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, database and computer-aided-design software; standard drafting tools; surveying equipment including level, hammers, stakes, triangles, rod, measuring tape, screwdriver, motor vehicle; phone; mobile radio; fax; combustible gas indicators, carbon monoxide and oxygen detectors; cathodic protection test equipment.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS:
Valid driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one prior to employment and maintain an insurable driving record; First aid and CPR certification. Professional Engineers License in Washington State preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use aforementioned tools and equipment. The employee is regularly required to communicate with members of the public and employees and must be able to exchange accurate information. The employee is frequently required to be in a stationary position when performing office work, position self at different levels for both office and field work, and move about outside on uneven terrain and under adverse field conditions when at construction sites.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:
The key relationships described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will provide information to, collect information from, coordinate projects and activities, and solve problems within policy guidelines with: the public, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Williams Pipeline, PSE, Kittitas County PUD, Central Washington University, Twin City Foods, City and County public works, Ellensburg Telephone, Cable TV company, consultants, contractors, and sales and manufacturing reps. Contact will be made in writing, by telephone, in person, and/or through teaching or formal instruction.

The employee will negotiate solutions involving policy changes with Williams Pipeline, Central Washington University, City and County public works, Ellensburg Telephone and Cable TV Company. Contact will be made in writing, by telephone, and/or in person.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

BENEFITS: Public Employees Retirement System and Social Security; Medical/Dental/Life/ Disability Insurance, PTO, holidays, exempt leave

FILING OF AN APPLICATION: A COMPLETED ORIGINAL CITY OF ELLENSBURG APPLICATION FORM IS REQUIRED. A RESUME SUBMITTED IN LIEU OF THE COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKET WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Application forms may be obtained from the1st floor foyer or Human Resources Department, 501 North Anderson Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926. All applications will be reviewed and those applicants who most satisfactorily meet the requirements will be tested and/or interviewed. Reference checks will be made prior to an offer of employment. Appointment will be made as soon thereafter as possible.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT OF 1986, ALL NEW EMPLOYEES WILL BE ADVISED OF ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS TO VERIFY IDENTITY AND WORK AUTHORIZATION, WHICH MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN THREE (3) DAYS OF DATE OF HIRE. THIS IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT WITH THE CITY OF ELLENSBURG.

The City of Ellensburg is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all persons without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or any other non merit factor. We will provide reasonable accommodation to disabled applicants, if requested and the Human Resources Department is notified at least two (2) days prior to the need.

THE CITY OF ELLENSBURG IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
EOE/M/F/D/V

HUMAN RESOURCES PHONE NO.: (509) 962-7222

(Posted 3/28/17)

 

Technical Analyst – Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia - Kennesaw, GA

The Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia is seeking candidates for the position of Technical Analyst for its Subscribed Regulatory Compliance Service.  The Technical Analyst will assist subscribing municipal gas system Operators and master meter Operators achieve and maintain compliance with 49 CFR Parts 191, 192, and 199/40, and State Public Service Commission Rules, including: Administration and maintenance of a web-based work order and record keeping system; Administration and maintenance of a web-based Operator Qualification Program; Assistance with OQ training and evaluating; Administration and maintenance of data collection, preparation, and submittal of periodic and special reports; Assistance with representation of subscribing Operators individually and collectively in dealings with regulatory agencies including inspection preparation, attendance and response; and Administration and execution of a program for development, implementation, and maintenance manuals and plans.
 
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related technical field, or equivalent related industry experience, and at least five years of recent, relevant experience in gas distribution operations. Candidates should have a thorough understanding of the pipeline safety code, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer, as well as Microsoft and/or Oracle databases. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementation of the service for subscribing Operators in Georgia and other states. 
 
Depending on the location of the successful applicant, office space may be provided at the Gas Authority’s Kennesaw, GA, office; established and maintained within personal residence; or located in appropriate office space at another location.
 
Applications will be accepted until April 24, 2017, or until the position is filled.  Interested individuals should send their resumes, including references and salary requirements to bdefoor@gasauthority.com. The Gas Authority is an equal opportunity employer.

(Posted 3/17/2017)

Design Engineering Manager - Monroe, NC

The City of Monroe Energy Services Department is seeking a highly skilled professional for the Design Engineering Manager position. The City of Monroe is centrally located between the mountains and the ocean in Union County, NC. According to recent U.S. Census Bureau figures, Union County is one of the top 20 fastest growing counties in the country. Union County offers a mix of suburban with numerous neighborhoods and shopping, and rural areas with farms and open spaces. People are moving to Union County for both the suburban and rural lifestyles as well as for the abundant recreational activities, access to quality healthcare, and highly-rated schools. With close proximity to Charlotte, residents have the ability to enjoy a variety of professional sporting events including: NASCAR’s events at Charlotte Motor Speedway – All Star Race, Coca-Cola 600, and Bank of America 500, NFL’s Carolina Panthers, NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, PGA – The Wells Fargo Championship, Chiquita Classic, AAA Baseball – Charlotte Knights, and AHL Hockey – Charlotte Checkers. The area has a wealth of large parks offering playgrounds, fishing, swimming, camping, etc., and an abundance of golf courses for recreational activities. 

Under the supervision of the General Manager of Engineering, Transmission, Maintenance, and Compliance, the Design Engineering Manager performs and oversees staff to provide design and specifications for electric, natural gas, and fiber optic infrastructure to comply with City standards, safety standards, NESC, Pipeline Safety Act, OSHA, and other industry standards/regulations. In addition to the design and specifications of projects, the Design Engineering Manager oversees energy audits for customers, development and implementation of marketing plans for both utilities, and assists with the construction standards and long-term planning for both utilities. The selected individual must possess thorough knowledge of policies, procedures, best practices for electric and gas utility work and exceptional analytical reasoning skills, with the ability to make informed, evidence-based decisions, and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, associates, contractors, and the general public. 

The City of Monroe Energy Services operates both electric and gas systems for the residents of Union County. The electric system is primarily located within the City limits, while the gas systems is spread throughout Union County. Both systems have great load factors with industrial loads representing more than 50% of the annual total. The City of Monroe has an electric transmission loop, while serving distribution voltages 34.5 kV and 13.2 kV to our approximately 11,000 customers. The City of Monroe is the only municipal gas transmission operator in North Carolina and is currently in the process of becoming the second municipal LNG operator in North Carolina. The distribution system serves the citizens of Monroe as well as the Towns of Unionville, Mineral Springs, Wingate, and Marshville with a total of approximately 11,000 gas customers. The City of Monroe Energy Services total budget exceeds $80 million annually and total assets exceed $135 million. 

The selected candidate must have a combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering or a related field and considerable experience in public works or utility engineering. Possession of a Professional Engineer’s license is required. The candidate must possess an appropriate driver's license valid in the state of North Carolina. Salary grade 25; salary range for this position is $65,541 to $101,566. Apply online at www.monroenc.org and select Employment Opportunities. EOE/Drug Free. 

Gas Engineering & Planning Manager - Clearwater, FL

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SALARY:
$70,021.49 - $111,830.59 Annually

OPENING DATE:
02/09/17

CLOSING DATE:
03/31/17 11:59 PM

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The City of Clearwater Gas Department is currently seeking qualified individuals to fill the position of GAS ENGINEERING & PLANNING MANAGER.
Position has responsibility for overseeing and providing engineering, technical support, pipeline design, corrosion prevention, capital planning and project management for Clearwater Gas System (CGS) gas assets/infrastructure. Work is performed under the general direction of the Gas System Assistant Director with considerable latitude for independent judgment, discretion, decision as to detail and initiative in carrying out daily operations, and is reviewed based on conferences, reports, observation and evaluation of results achieved. Highly qualified candidates for this position shall have a deep understanding of, technical background and experience working with gas distribution networks engineering design and construction methods, as well as industry best practices for installing natural and propane gas facilities. In addition, this person shall possess effective interpersonal and communication skills.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Typical duties for the various areas, include:

Natural gas pipeline design:

  • Responsible for engineering design of all gas distribution facilities, which includes gas mains and service lines, gate station metering facilities, cathodic protection facilities and district regulator stations.
  • Thorough knowledge of 49CFR Part 192, Gas Standards and Specifications and Standard Operating Procedures, as well as best industry practices in the engineering design and project construction area of distribution systems.
  • Strong background in gas pipeline hydraulic/system modeling to determine adequate gas capacity for current and future needs.
  • Proactively communicate with other sections in the CGS organization, as well as other City departments to develop, review and approve construction drawings and cost estimates for the project, issue for construction and bid, if required.
  • Administer projects in pipeline engineering and maintenance and provide oversight, consulting, technical support and document updates

Field Technical Support / Pipeline Engineering support:

  • Responsible for managing gas pipeline projects from conception to completion.
  • Review city and state construction projects, 3rd party development plans for impacts on CGS pipelines and easements, proactively track growth developments around gas facilities; verify P/L class location, encroachments, etc.
  • Manage data requests regarding the gas system, such as MAOP pressure reviews, GIS data integrity, Planning, Budgeting and Project Management:
  • Project phases include: evaluating problems, developing a job scope, evaluating alternatives, justification, budgeting, pipeline routing, material procurement, land acquisition and right-of-way, engineering, estimating, construction and record keeping. Primary emphasis is on scope, resource scheduling, and cost control. May require preparation of specifications and contracts.

Communication:

  • Technical expert for CGS's natural gas and propane distribution system assets

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors Degree in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering, or related field. Five (5) years of professional level experience in gas utility pipeline engineering, construction and maintenance to include two (2) years of supervisory or management experience in gas operations. Any equivalent combination of education, training or experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineering Registration in either Mechanical or Civil Engineering.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

Knowledge, skills, abilities, and other attributes:

  • Considerable knowledge or experience in gas operations or gas system planning.
  • Considerable knowledge of gas supply, transmission and distribution piping systems and applicable Knowledge of materials and estimating the cost of capital and maintenance projects.
  • Federal and State laws and regulations.
  • Considerable knowledge of liquefied petroleum gas systems and applicable codes and regulations. Ability to prepare clear and concise reports, directives, and letters.
  • Ability to motivate, direct, and supervise subordinates in a manner conducive to efficient performance and goal attainment.
  • Ability to plan, assign, and direct the work of professional and technical employees.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and officials, professional peers, and the public.
  • Experience in developing and administering contracts and specifications.
  • Identifying issues and threats to natural gas pipeline systems and measures to mitigate.
  • Valid Florida Driver's license.