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Gas Training and Safety Specialist - Lawrenceville, GA

JOB SUMMARY

This position performs specialized duties the delivery of safety training to department personnel and to enforce compliance with safety rules and regulations.

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Ensures compliance with regulatory requirements to ensure the safety, integrity, and efficiency of the gas system.
  • Promotes a department-wide safety culture with a focus on education and accident prevention.
  • Ensures personnel are in compliance with personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Performs field inspections to monitory the quality and accuracy of employee and contractor work; ensures compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Administers operator qualification tests and field evaluations for PHMSA compliance; uploads test and evaluations into database.
  • Establishes, develops, and administers effective training courses and programs.
  • Serves as field supervisor for work crews and answers technical questions.
  • Develops and evaluates safety policies to ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, and city requirements.
  • Performs accident investigations.
  • Reviews construction job sketches; ensures that all required documentation is complete and accurate.
  • Oversees the work of contractors; monitors weekly reports; approves invoices for payment.
  • Meets with customers to provide information and assistance.
  • Maintains files and records.
  • Prepares weekly reports.
  • Performs related duties.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION

  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations governing natural gas systems.
  • Knowledge of the methods and practices involved in the location, maintenance, construction, and repair of natural gas pipelines, regulator stations, and cathodic protection systems.
  • Knowledge of national and state building and construction codes.
  • Knowledge of state and federal policies and procedures governing gas and safety training.
  • Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Knowledge of PHMSA and GAPSC rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of project management.
  • Knowledge of construction equipment.
  • Skill in preparing project drawings and cost estimates.
  • Skill in problem solving.
  • Skill in prioritizing and planning.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

The Gas Director assigns work in terms of very general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures and the nature and propriety of the final results.

GUIDELINES

Guidelines include the State of Georgia Code Title 46, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Natural Gas Fuel Code, NACE standards, PHMSA and GAPSC rules and regulations, city and county ordinances, and city and department policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. 

COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK

  • The work consists of varied specialized duties. Strict regulations and inclement field conditions contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to perform specialized safety training and enforcement duties. Successful performance helps ensure the safety of employees, contractors, and the general public.

CONTACTS

  • Contacts are typically with co‑workers, contractors, builders, vendors, developers, state inspectors, customers, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to exchange information, resolve problems, motivate persons, and provide services.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending, crouching, or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, climbs ladders, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.
  • The work is typically performed outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee is exposed to dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, and irritating chemicals. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.

SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY

This position has direct supervision over assigned personnel.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years experience or service.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Interested candidates please visit https://www.lawrencevillega.org/443/Employment-Opportunities to apply

(Posted 9/25/2018)

 

Gas Controller - Rock Hill, SC

York County Natural Gas Authority (YCNGA), the 10th largest municipal gas system in the United States, seeks a Gas Controller. Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, YCNGA employs 95 people, serves over 66,000 meters, and generates approximately $60 million in annual operating revenues.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under direct supervision of the Director of Gas Supply and System Planning, is responsible for monitoring, controlling, when applicable, and other gas control duties for York County Natural Gas Authority and Patriots Energy Group.

Gas Controllers are required to interact with personnel from other departments, companies, and pipelines serving YCNGA and PEG markets.

SPECIFIC DUTIES

  • Learns and understands basic pipeline physics and equipment to perform daily operations in order to make sure all transmission and distribution pipelines are operating at adequate system pressures to ensure system integrity and gas delivery to all customers on any design day.
  • Monitors system pressures, gas volumes, and adjusts control valves to regulate gas flows and pressures when required.
  • Compiles several daily documents, in detail, that includes: system change requests made to contracted gas control provider, end of day daily control results compared to daily nominations, and descriptions of checks of the system throughout the day.
  • Calculates daily usage and projected usage, based on numbers from Transco and ClearSCADA, several times a day to verify the current nomination is suitable. If the nomination needs to be updated, a more accurate nomination is determined and communicated to the appropriate parties.
  • Estimates daily anticipated York Road Takes for the subsequent six days based on the current status of pipeline, heating degree days, anticipated volumes for YCNGA, CCNGA, LCNGA, and projected use at Resolute Forest Products.
  • Works closely with the contracted gas control provider and the Meter and Regulation department in order to communicate any active alarms, alerts, and communication problems in ClearSCADA.  Provides Meter and Regulation live data when they are working in the field.
  • Analyzes historical data, current pipeline conditions, and weather forecasts in order to plan for critical days and Operational Flow Orders.
  • Ability to make recommendations due to pipeline conditions for any extra gas, including storage and propane air, and/or curtailments of interruptible industrial customers.
  • Must be able to provide emergency response coordination along with making appropriate notifications and comply with all Gas Control Policies and Procedures.
  • Complies with Federal and State regulations as set forth by the Department of Transportation.
  • Collects and organizes billing data for first of the month billing cycles.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

This is light work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects; work requires reaching, fingering, and feeling; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operation of motor vehicles, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is not subject to adverse environmental conditions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Thorough knowledge of controlling a natural gas pipeline; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, the general public, all parties involved in daily gas control operations and large industrial customers; knowledge of regulatory compliance elements; ability to pay attention to detail; working knowledge of PCs utilizing Windows and Microsoft Office, with an emphasis on Outlook, Excel, and Word; ability to meet DOT Operator Qualification criteria; ability to adapt to shift work and extended work hours; ability to prepare and maintain records and reports.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

An Associate degree in a technical field or equivalent work experience is required. A Bachelor of Science degree in a technical field is preferred.  Must demonstrate basic to intermediate experience in gas control, pipeline operations, and direct field related experience to gas control. Must have prior experience with Supervisory, Control, and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.  Must demonstrate an understanding of regulatory requirements pertaining to the natural gas industry.  Must demonstrate an understanding of gas distribution operations, including engineering, measurement and regulation.  Must demonstrate an understanding of the various energy markets, their applications, and related financial ramifications. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Possession of a valid South Carolina driver’s license; this is a covered function and is subject to random drug testing.

YCNGA is EOE/Drug Free/Smoke Free

Please send resumes and cover letters to jobs@ycnga.com

(Posted 9/21/2018)

 

Regulatory Compliance Analyst - Kennesaw, GA

The Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia is seeking candidates for the position of Regulatory Compliance Analyst for its Subscribed Regulatory Compliance Service.  The 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 Georgia Public Service Commission Rules, including assistance with administration of a web-based work order and record keeping system; administration of a web-based Operator Qualification Program; assistance with and deliver of OQ training and evaluating; report preparation; inspection preparation, attendance and response; and manuals development, implementation, and maintenance.  The Operator Qualification portions of the service will also be made available to contractors.

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. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementation of the service with a designated group of up to 20 Subscribers in middle Georgia. 

Applications will be accepted until October 19, 2018.  Interested individuals should send their resumes, including references and salary requirements to bdefoor@gasauthority.com. The Gas Authority is an equal opportunity employer.

(Posted 9/19/2018)

 

Natural Gas Engineer - Knoxville, TN

About KUB: The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is one of the largest public utilities in the country providing electric, gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 457,000 customers in Knoxville and parts of seven surrounding counties. We exist to serve our customers, improving their quality of life by providing utility services that are safe, reliable, and affordable. And our mission is about more than just pipes and wires. It’s about being good stewards of our community’s resources: utility assets, customer dollars, and the environment. We work to safeguard those resources and enhance their value for the people of the communities we serve and generations to come.

Work Description: This position works with a team of engineers responsible for the overall planning, oversight, and management of KUB natural gas assets including distribution mains and services, gate and regulator stations, large meter sets, and repairs.  This position consists of designing pipeline projects; preparing and reviewing construction plans, bid documents, and cost estimates; managing all phases of capital improvements and maintenance programs; coordinating work with construction crews, customers, permitting agencies, contractors, and KUB departments; developing and/or updating KUB standards and specifications for installation and repair work; and training of KUB employees as needed.  This position requires the understanding and assurance of compliance with applicable sections of 49 Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, this position provides engineering design and technical support with tasks including, but not limited to the following: advising KUB field inspectors and construction and maintenance crews on pipeline construction; providing engineering solutions, technical support, and on-call emergency response during dig-ins, pipeline repairs, and other emergency response events; researching and field-verifying historical installation records regarding the natural gas system to ensure accurate records; and reviewing city and state construction projects and plans submitted by developers for impacts to KUB natural gas system.  Responsibilities include executing all project phases including identifying the problem, developing a job scope, evaluating alternatives, pipeline routing, materials procurement, easement review, engineering design, cost estimating, construction management, and record keeping.   Position could also include planning for expansion of KUB's natural gas system, for pipeline replacement projects, and for development of maintenance programs.   Highly qualified candidates shall have the technical background and work experience that provides a comprehensive understanding of natural gas distribution design and construction methods, as well as industry best practices for installing natural gas facilities.  Note: For more specific information regarding this position, please contact Human Resources.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Civil, or Metallurgical Engineering, or Engineering degree in another discipline, from a four-year ABET-accredited college or university
  • Strong teamwork, interpersonal, and communication skills to communicate policies, procedures, and objectives effectively
  • Ability to work well in team environment in both office and field
  • General knowledge of or ability to learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint, ESRI ArcMap, and computer-aided drafting programs, such as MicroStation or AutoCAD
  • Valid driver’s license

Physical Demands:  Works primarily in an office setting, but regular field visits and activities are required.  These field visits may include: emergency response activities and support beyond normal business hours, heavy lifting or strenuous work and mobility over rough terrain.  Requires bending, stooping, lifting, and working in awkward and strenuous positions at times.  Occasionally requires above normal mental and visual alertness. Note:  The physical demands described above are intended to relate the approximate physical demands of the classification.  Physical demands for a specific position within this classification may vary and/ or exceed those demands described above.  Additional information regarding specific positions is available in Human Resources.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current registration as an Engineer in Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer in either Mechanical or Civil Engineering in the state of Tennessee or the ability to obtain certification within one (1) year
  • Five (5) years of experience in engineering, planning, project management, operations, and/or construction of natural gas distribution mains, services, meters, and stations
  • Prior experience leading, supervising, or inspecting field construction crews in gas construction
  • Thorough knowledge of code requirements of 49 CFR Part 192 and the Tennessee Public Utility Commission and ability to learn KUB Gas Standards and Specifications and Standard Operating Procedures

Selection Process

(Subject to change)

Phase 1 Apply online at www.kub.org
Phase 2 Experience, training, and education evaluation
Phase 3 Interview with department representatives
Phase 4 Written, performance, and behavioral exercises
Phase 5 Background investigation
Phase 6 Physical assessment and/or drug screen

If special accommodations are needed at any phase of the selection process, please notify Human Resources in advance.

(Posted 8/17/2018)

Natural Gas Project Coordinator - Knoxville, TN

About KUB: The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is one of the largest public utilities in the country providing electric, gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 457,000 customers in Knoxville and parts of seven surrounding counties. We exist to serve our customers, improving their quality of life by providing utility services that are safe, reliable, and affordable. And our mission is about more than just pipes and wires. It’s about being good stewards of our community’s resources: utility assets, customer dollars, and the environment. We work to safeguard those resources and enhance their value for the people of the communities we serve and generations to come.

Work Description: This position is located within the Gas Systems Engineering department which is responsible for the overall planning, oversight, and management of KUB natural gas assets including distribution mains and services, gate and regulator stations, large meter sets, and repairs.  Responsibilities include providing quality control through construction inspection services and technical support. Highly qualified candidates shall have construction inspection experience that provides a comprehensive understanding of construction methods, as well as industry best practices for installing, operating, and maintaining natural gas facilities. The purpose of this position is to organize the installation of distribution main and services and replacement activities. This individual assists in coordinating KUB employees and contractors who construct gas utility infrastructure according to KUB safety standards and specifications. This job requires the functional expertise to oversee construction of underground gas utility infrastructure for residential, commercial, and industrial properties. This individual is required to make decisions in the field and coordinate with other KUB departments and outside agencies to ensure that work is performed on schedule and with appropriate permits. Job duties could include design work as well as approving work orders, progress reports, field changes, invoices, and as-built records to ensure compliance with KUB standards and policies. The individual will communicate project progress to appropriate parties involved. Candidate will monitor project expenses, analyzing costs and benefits for specific construction projects and evaluating field design changes to keep the project on schedule and within budget. This position includes interpreting contracts to ensure sufficient services are provided. Candidates will need to understand the requirements of the Department of Transportation 49CFR Part 192, the Tennessee Public Utility Commission and have the ability to learn KUB’s Gas Standards and Specifications and Standard Operating Procedures. May require after hours response in emergency situations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate policies, procedures, and objectives effectively
  • Effective analytical, organization, and planning skills for assessing issues that may arise during construction projects
  • General knowledge of or ability to learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Power Point, ESRI ArcMap, and computer-aided drafting programs such as MicroStation or AutoCAD
  • Valid driver’s license

Physical Demands: May require walking up to five miles per day over rough and/or hilly terrain when assisting with field surveying and layout work. Requires above normal mental and visual alertness quite frequently. Position may require ability to: drive vehicles; bend, stoop and lift various objects weighing 10-75 lbs two to three times per week; and work in all types of weather, with exposure to equipment and machine noise, dirt and traffic. Note:  The physical demands described above are intended to relate the approximate physical demands of the classification.  Physical demands for a specific position within this classification may vary and/ or exceed those demands described above.  Additional information regarding specific positions is available in Human Resources.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Technology, Engineering Technology, or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Three years of field experience in natural gas utility pipeline construction and maintenance, including plastic and steel mains and services that are fused, welded, or coupled, with demonstrated proficiency to inspect the work of others
  • Experience with electronic pipe locating equipment and GPS equipment
  • Prior experience leading, supervising, or inspecting field construction crews in gas construction

Selection Process

(Subject to change)

Phase 1                 Apply online at www.kub.org
Phase 2                 Experience, training, and education evaluation
Phase 3                 Interview with department representatives
Phase 4                 Written, performance, and behavioral exercises
Phase 5                 Background investigation
Phase 6                 Physical assessment and/or drug screen

If special accommodations are needed at any phase of the selection process, please notify Human Resources in advance.

(Posted 8/17/2018)

Corrosion Technician - Knoxville, TN

About KUB: The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is one of the largest public utilities in the country providing electric, gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 457,000 customers in Knoxville and parts of seven surrounding counties. We exist to serve our customers, improving their quality of life by providing utility services that are safe, reliable, and affordable. And our mission is about more than just pipes and wires. It’s about being good stewards of our community’s resources: utility assets, customer dollars, and the environment. We work to safeguard those resources and enhance their value for the people of the communities we serve and generations to come.

Work Description: Obtains cathodic protection data from KUB’s steel mains and services such as pipe to soil potentials, the rectifier, and foreign pipeline interference concerns.  Solves technical problems related to pipeline corrosion prevention. Conducts site visits to perform visual assessments for corrosion and coating status, to provide oversight of test station installations, to troubleshoot and assess low or out of compliance readings, and to install small anodes.  Provides input into standards, specifications, and procedures related to cathodic protection.  Must be able to provide clear, concise, and thorough documentation.  Works directly with corrosion and pipeline engineers and as a resource for construction and compliance groups to provide subject matter expertise for KUB’s Distribution Integrity Management Program.  Prepares for and participates in applicable regulatory inspections.  Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations including, but not limited to, DOT, PHMSA, TRA, etc.  Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school education or equivalent knowledge acquired through vocational training and/or technical school
  • Strong PC skills including MS Office Professional (i.e., Word and Excel)
  • Strong analytical and project management skills and ability to work independently on projects in a timely manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Valid Tennessee driver’s license

Physical Demands: May require walking up to five miles per day over rough and/or hilly terrain when assisting with field surveying and layout work.  Requires above normal mental and visual alertness quite frequently. Position may require ability to: drive vehicles; bend, stoop, and lift various objects weighing 10-75 lbs two to three times per week; and work in all types of weather, with exposure to equipment and machine noise, dirt, and traffic.  Note:  The physical demands described above are intended to relate the approximate physical demands of the classification.  Physical demands for a specific position within this classification may vary and/ or exceed those demands described above.  Additional information regarding specific positions is available in Human Resources.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate's Degree from an accredited community college or university in a relevant technical field (Mechanical, Electrical, or Metallurgy)
  • Sound knowledge in basic electricity, chemistry, and diagnostic equipment
  • Previous experience related to regulatory compliance
  • Experience with processes, cathodic protection design, and construction methods
  • Experience with the interpretation of mapping data, codes, and standards
  • Previous knowledge of corrosion and cathodic protection
  • Ability to achieve NACE CP Technician Level 1 status and maintain all professional certifications as current (i.e. National Association of Corrosion Engineers)
  • Desire to develop a working knowledge of the KUB metallic piping systems under the supervision of the KUB Corrosion Engineer
  • Understanding of pipeline materials and risks associated with distribution and maintenance
  • Understanding of the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline Regulations 49 CFR 192 Subpart I (Requirements for Corrosion Control) related to the operations and maintenance of gas distribution systems and cathodic protection of these systems
  • Strong interpersonal skills that allow for productive relationships with contractors and KUB employees to convey corrosion assessment data, mitigation techniques including test station and anode installation, and repair of cathodic protection systems
  • Troubleshooting abilities composed of the following skills: basic electric principals, use of instrumentation that measures electrical potentials, knowledge of DC circuits, analytical reasoning skills, and comprehension of engineering drawings

Selection Process

(Subject to change)

Phase 1                  Submit online application at www.kub.org
Phase 2                  Experience, training, and education evaluation
Phase 3                  Interview with department representatives
Phase 4                  Written, performance, and behavioral exercises
Phase 5                  Background Investigation
Phase 6                  Physical examination and drug screen

If special accommodations are needed for testing purposes, please notify Human resources in advance of the test date.

(Posted 8/17/2018)

General Manager - Westfield, MA

Westfield Gas & Electric is a community owned utility with a 100+ year reputation of excellence. As the local provider of utility services, including gas, electric and telecommunications in one enterprise, the manager supports and cultivates a work culture dedicated to competitive rates, reliability of service and customer satisfaction.

Westfield Gas & Electric serves 17,988 electric meters and 10,413 gas meters with annual revenues of $65,862.368. In 2015, Whip City Fiber (WCF) was launched. WCF is a high speed gigabit FTTP internet service within the community and surrounding areas that is growing at an accelerated rate. The workforce numbers 83 full-time employees. The General Manager is responsible for the full operation and financial oversight of distinct and separate financial portfolios for each of the three utilities.

Westfield Gas & Electric maintains and follows a ten year strategic plan guiding the utility and resulting in a Standard & Poor’s Grade A+ investment rating as well as a Platinum designation in RP3 (Reliable Public Power Provider) program sponsored by the American Public Power Association, and a Silver designation as SOAR (System Operational Achievement Recognition) gas provider with the American Public Gas Association.

Job Description
The General Manager is the Chief Executive Officer for the utility having full charge of the operation and management of the utility under the general direction and control of the Municipal Light Board subject to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 164 Section 56.

Functions

  • Full charge of the operation and management of the utility.
  • Full charge of the manufacture and distribution of gas and electricity.
  • Full charge of the purchase of supplies.
  • Full charge of the employment of attorneys, agents and servants.
  • Full charge of the method, time, price quantity and quality of supply.
  • Full charge of the collection of bills.
  • Full charge of the keeping of accounts.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Minimum 15 years management experience within the utility (gas, electric, and telecom) distribution industry.
  • Minimum 15 years management experience within the utility (gas, electric, and telecom) distribution industry.
  • A Bachelors Degree with strong preference toward advanced degree.
  • Demonstrated capability/experience in understanding gas, electric, and technology networks.
  • Proven experience in capital management.
  • Acumen in multimillion dollar financial budgeting.
  • Legal acumen specifically in the areas of statutory and industry regulation, labor relations and negotiated labor agreements.
  • Proven excellence in communication with industry experts and within political realms.

For consideration, email resume to humanresources@wgeld.org or mail to:

Westfield Gas & Electric
Attn: Human Resources
100 Elm Street, P.O. Box 990
Westfield, Massachusetts 01086

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

(Posted 8/15/2018)

 

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