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Job Open: Gas Superintendent Trainee - Fairhope, AL

By General Inquiries posted 03-07-2022 02:40 PM

Location: Fairhope, AL
Gas Superintendent Trainee
Gas Department
FLSA: Grade: 28 / Safety Sensitive Job: Yes/ Security Sensitive Job: No
Job Description Prepared: February 2022 Note: Statements included in this description are intended to reflect in general the duties and responsibilities of this job and are not to be interpreted as being all-inclusive. The employee may be assigned other duties that are not specifically included.


  • Reports to: Gas Superintendent
  • Subordinate Staff: Gas Department
  • Internal Contacts: Public Works; Gas Department; Water and Wastewater Department; Building and Planning Departments; Recreation Department; Police Department; City Hall (All City Departments)
  • External Contacts: General Public; Businesses; Contractors; Vendors; Other Municipalities
Job Summary
Under the general supervision and training by the Gas Superintendent, this employee directs the operations of the Gas Department, including the supervision of all Departmental staff, developing and monitoring the Departmental budget, monitoring the use and maintenance of all Departmental equipment, establishing and monitoring Departmental safety procedures and practices, coordinating with other City utility departments, making all required reports and keeping higher management informed concerning department activities and accomplishments. The employee makes daily and weekly work assignments, monitors work performance and accomplishments and reviews. Reviews and approves all employees’ time. The employee develops plans for gas projects in coordination with other City utility departments and private contractors. This employee ( regularly meets with the Building and Planning Departments to discuss new construction projects and plans. The employee monitors new gas projects as they proceed during construction. This employee communicates with gas system customers on a daily basis concerning service problems or questions. This job is considered safety-sensitive is subject to a pre-employment background check and random drug screenings.

Essential Functions

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Department Supervision.
1. Supervises all Gas Department staff: Crew Leaders, Equipment Operators, Inspector, Service Line Technicians, Welders, Line Locators, and Compliance Coordinator.
2. Plans, manages, and oversees all Departmental projects, tasks, and activities.
3. Establishes performance goals for department staff and evaluates task performance.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Budget Development and Administration.
1. Develops the Gas Department's annual operating budget.
2. Monitors budget expenditures during the fiscal year.
3. Reports any significant budget deviations to the Operations Director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Internal Coordination.
1. Meets with all City utility departments to discuss current and planned utility projects.
2. Updates other departments concerning Gas Department projects and plans.
3. Regularly meets with Building and Planning Departments to discuss new building projects and associated gas service needs.
4. Keeps City Hall informed concerning Gas Department projects and plans.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Customer Relations.
1. Develops and maintains a courteous, professional relationship with utility customers in the City.
2. Responds to all customer questions and information requests promptly.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Develop Gas Service Plans.
1. Prepares gas system service plans in coordination with other City utilities and private contractors.
2. Monitors gas service plan construction activities.
3. Adjusts service plans to meet new or unexpected service issues.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Equipment Maintenance.
1. Monitors all Departmental equipment maintenance needs and requirements based on reports submitted by department staff.
2. Recommends maintenance procedures for unexpected or unusual circumstances.

Performs other job-related duties as required or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
(* Can be acquired on the job)
1. *Knowledge of City rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
2. *Knowledge of City utility systems, including system locations and service procedures and problems.
3. *Knowledge of municipal gas service operations and administration.
4. Communication skills to effectively communicate internally and externally, both orally and in writing.
5. Reading skills to understand and interpret City policies and guidelines.
6. Math skills to perform basic calculations (add, subtract, multiply, divide).
7. Ability to perform supervisory functions.
8. Ability to develop gas service plans in coordination with other utilities.
9. Ability to operate standard office equipment.
10. Ability to use computers and office productivity software.
11. Ability to maintain professional attitude.
12. Ability to develop and monitor Departmental budget.
13. Ability to monitor equipment maintenance needs and requirements.
14. Ability to use a telephone.
15. Ability to deal with all contacts in a courteous and patient manner.
16. Ability to handle irate or upset individuals.
17. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality dealing with personnel records.
18. Ability to prioritize work projects and multi-task.
19. Ability to organize files and work projects.
20. Ability to work with little or no supervision.
21. Ability to travel to attend professional development workshops or training programs.
22. Ability to work non-standard hours and more than 40 hours in a workweek.
23. Ability to drive.

Minimum Qualifications
1. Possess a high school diploma or GED, preferred bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
2. Minimum of five (5) to ten (10) years of experience in municipal gas system operation and administration; prefer supervisory experience.
3. Possess a current and valid driver's license (Class A Commercial Driver's License preferred for emergency situations); must be insurable.
4. Master Gas Fitters License preferred.
5. Ability to work non-standard hours.
6. Ability to pass a pre-employment background check and an initial drug screen.

Physical Demands
The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; recurring lifting moderately heavy items such as record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment
The work involves moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts, or machines, with contagious diseases or irritant chemicals, etc. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves or shields.