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Job Open: Utility Supervisor, WG+E (Westfield Gas+Electric), Westfield, Massachusetts

By General Inquiries posted 11 days ago



WG+E is accepting applications for the position of Utility Supervisor (Min. $122,836). This job has been created as a part of a federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) grant. PHMSA offers comprehensive funding opportunities focused on hazardous materials and pipeline safety. This grant’s intended use is to help replace aging and leak-prone natural gas pipeline in Westfield, MA . Additional information about the grant can be found here: 

This is a permanent position.

A qualified applicant would be one who applies professional skills and knowledge in connection with the investigation, design, construction and maintenance of engineering projects of a wide scope. Coordinate, assign and supervise the activities of WG+E and contract crews to ensure the safe, efficient and sound installation and maintenance of natural gas systems and their related components in a manner consistent with Departmental objectives. Provide both written and verbal input to WG+E management team on issues including but not limited to safety, personnel, projects, expenses and customer satisfaction.

Duties and Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Schedule and supervise construction and maintenance activities involved in natural gas distribution. 
  • Direct and supervise safety programs. 
  • Maintain, prepare and execute work orders for distribution activities.
  • Provide for safety of all personnel assigned to work within scope of these responsibilities and enforce safety regulations. 
  • Provide for the training and guidance of field personnel.
  • Develop and maintain the necessary logs, reports and records required by the Department utilizing available software. 
  • Coordinate construction plans with other utilities.
  • Accept responsibilities and assignments common to all administrative, professional and supervisory positions and perform related duties consistent with the scope of the position, incidental to the responsibility assigned. 
  • Secondary and temporary backup duties and responsibilities that are similar in nature may be required in the installation and maintenance of electric and telecommunication systems. 
  • Review work of assigned crews in progress and upon completion for compliance with instructions and conformance with safe and accepted trade practices. 
  • Meet with customers to resolve their questions and concerns.
  • Responsible for the adherence to departmental policy, rules and directives.
  • Respond to any emergency condition within or outside normal work hours.
  • Directly supervise management, IBEW and contract labor personnel, including but not limited to, Gas Distribution & Maintenance personnel and Gas Foremen.

Qualifications & Entrance Requirements include: 

  • Understanding of organizational theories, practices, and human conceptual skills necessary for proper administration and supervision.
  • Must have strong supervisory, project management, planning and administrative skills, experience in a leadership role is preferred.
  • Must be customer focused and a team player.
  • Excellent computer skills and experience including, but not limited to, Microsoft applications (Word, Access, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) are required.
  • Ability to utilize a GIS system and PLC based SCADA.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal English communication skills and be capable of interpreting technical instructions and drawings.
  • Knowledge of methods, tools, and equipment used in the installation, repair and testing of gas mains and services up to 90 psig.
  • Knowledge of public safety measures involved with the work and responsibility for observing such measures by and for employees under his/her supervision.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices related to natural gas distribution including but not limited to:
    1. laws and regulations;
    2. gas production facilities, equipment, activities and procedures;
    3. gas detection equipment and ability to accurately use the equipment to evaluate hazards;
    4. hot tapping equipment for major line relocation activity and ability to perform;
    5. NGA Operator Qualified Certification (EWN Operator Qualified Certification is accepted, however the accepted applicant must get NGA Operator Qualified certified within 6 months of hire).
    6. principles and practices as related to natural gas meters, regulators, and overpressure protection devices.
      • Knowledge and ability to execute emergency operations effectively and expeditiously.
      • Minimum ten years of experience related to gas, electric, and/or telecommunications distribution.
      • Four-year college degree from an accredited college or university is preferred.
      • Massachusetts Class B driver’s license or ability to secure within six months of appointment.
      • Hoisting Engineer’s license or ability to secure within six months of appointment.

A very generous benefit package accompanies a job offer, although relocation services are not provided.

Please, no phone calls. Candidates are requested to complete an application found online. Employment applications will be accepted through May 28th, 2024.