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Job Open: Gas Utility Engineer - City of Charlottesville Department of Utilities, VA

By General Inquiries posted 02-08-2023 06:20 PM


Salary: $83,200.00 - $123,299.00

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Job Type: Regular Full-Time

Closing: Continuous

Full Description & Application:

The City of Charlottesville Department of Utilities is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Gas Utility Engineer.

The preferred hiring amount will be between $83,200.00 - $123,299.00 Annually. Starting offer is based on applicable education, experience, and internal equity. This is a full-time, exempt, position. The position also provides excellent benefits including 13 paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance options with employer contribution, employer-paid life insurance, City's retirement options, gym membership reimbursement, and continuing education/training opportunities.

·       For a general summary of benefits offered by the City, please click the 'benefits' tab on this posting, or visit

·       The City of Charlottesville manages its own retirement system and does not participate in VRS; however, the City has a Portability Agreement with VRS and there are certain provisions that must be met. If questions pertaining to the Portability Agreement, please contact the City's Benefits Administrator at 434-970-3462.

Performs complex professional and difficult administrative work in overseeing the planning and engineering of all gas utility projects; develops, analyzes, and implements strategies and policies for the purchase and sale of natural gas; protects the City's interest with regard to regulatory, supply, and procurement issues; assists in overseeing the administration, expansion, maintenance, operation of the municipal natural gas distribution system; performs related tasks as required. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Utilities.


Essential Responsibilities and Duties

·       Plans, organizes, coordinates, directs, and reviews the design and installation of all gas projects, and the development of material specifications;

·       Prepares specifications and participates in obtaining bids for gas projects and selection of contractors;

·       Oversees all regulatory compliance with PHMSA, State Corporation Commission (SCC), state and local codes;

·       Responds to requests for information from PHMSA, SCC, FERC, legal counsel, suppliers, and others as appropriate regarding natural gas issues;

·       Oversees the inspection of all gas installations for compliance to Federal, State, and Local standards;

·       Oversees standard operating procedures and implementation of O&M standards;

·       Oversees the preparation of inventories and maps of the Public Utilities system including GIS and CAD operations;

·       Develops and implements system improvement priorities;

·       Meets with developers, customers and contractors, local and state officials to plan new installations and improvements and provides technical advice;

·       Performs gas flow analysis through computer modeling;

·       Oversees the maintenance and repair of specialized equipment such as telemetering devices and leakage indicators;

·       Develops and enforces material, installation, and product standards;

·       Develops and implements strategies for the purchase and supply of natural gas;

·       Procures third-party gas from brokers and producers at lowest possible cost to the City;

·       Analyzes and makes recommendations relative to both suppliers' and the City's rate structure;

·       Coordinates with the Finance Department to produce an annual rate study;

·       Monitors gas purchases both from suppliers and by the City's customers;

·       Performs related tasks as required.

Education, Experience and Skills

Minimum Qualifications:
   - Bachelor's in engineering from an accredited college with major work in mechanical or petroleum engineering. 
   - Requires at least one year of experience in the natural gas or petroleum industry including thorough knowledge and experience in regulatory and gas supply and procurement issues.
   - Must possess an Engineer in Training (EIT) certification.

Preferred Qualifications:
 - Professional Engineer's (PE) license preferred.
   - One year of engineering experience preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of mechanical engineering as applied to gas utility installations; Thorough knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws relating to gas service; Thorough knowledge of gas supply and procurement principles;  Thorough knowledge of the materials and equipment utilized in gas service installations; Ability to perform difficult engineering computations and to make comprehensive recommendations to engineering problems; Ability to prepare detailed written engineering reports; Thorough knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis, cost studies and rate design issues; General knowledge of the regulatory and supply framework of the natural gas industry; Skill in negotiating contract; Ability to evaluate, understand, and interpret existing and proposed laws and regulations; Ability to work with and through City Departments, attorneys, and other officials, leaders.

Physical Conditions & Additional Information

Most work is conducted in a standard office environment. Some inspection and liaison work must be conducted off-site and at sites typically of utilities construction/repair, with risk of exposure to inclement weather, uneven terrain, noise, dust, and fumes.

Work Contacts include but are not limited to: PHMSA (Federal); Virginia Department of Transportation (State); State Corporation Commission; Other State Wide LDC's; Legal Counsel; Other City Departments.