Salary: $83,200.00 - $123,299.00
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Full Description & Application: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/charlottesville/jobs/3910225/gas-utility-engineer
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 https://www.charlottesville.gov/1047/Employee-Benefits.
· 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
- 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.
- 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.