(Associate) Engineer/Spec,Ops QA

(Associate) Engineer/Spec,Ops QA
The Engineer/Specialist, Operations Quality Assurance is a focused discipline within a job family. The duties listed are activities associated with the various levels of the Engineer/Specialist progression. This progression covers the following general titles:
Engineer/Specialist I, Operations Quality Assurance
Engineer/Specialist II, Operations Quality Assurance
This position provides support and conducts operational assessments of records and field activities conducted by both company and contractor crews to ensure safety and compliance with Federal and State regulations as well as with company operating and maintenance procedures. Findings from operational assessments are used to drive change in training, policies and procedures.
This position will focus mainly on Construction Operations, but will also perform QA of other operating and maintenance activities performed by other departments. Primary responsibility to perform quality assurance of capital work, mostly infrastructure modernization activities associated with construction, installation, and commissioning activities performed by Company's construction contractor or by Company employees.
Functional Expertise:
Performs operational assessments, both "live" and "post", to evaluate field personnel compliance with company policies and procedures which are driven by Federal and State regulations as well as industry best practices and company-required requirements in 3-4 or more of the following areas:
Construction Operations
Field Operations ? Service & Delivery
Leak Survey
Asset Protection
System Operations
Transmission Storage/Peaking
Field Training/Welding
Leads in the annual audit of compliance records in advance of public service commission compliance records audits
Leads special audits of new/revised procedures recently implemented or of newly certified employees
Serves as subject matter expert in interpreting company policies, procedures and O&M manuals
Serves as Company liaison during ICC field inspections
Performs multiple out-of-state QA audits (record and field) at other Southern Company Gas companies to evaluate Company and contractor personnel compliance with company policies and procedures which are driven by Federal and State regulations as well as industry best practices and company-required requirements.
Performs main hit reviews for FO - Delivery for the purpose of determine OQ disqualifications.
Business Acumen:
Recommends updates/revisions to policies, procedures or O&M manuals based field observations where procedures may not be followed because they are not clear, incorrect or non-existent
Provides guidance to supervisors, field personnel and training personnel on how to interpret policies, procedures and O&M manuals
Represents QA department at supervisor roundtables and presents assessment findings for area of assessment responsibility
Coaches supervisors on the content of the assessment form and on how to conduct effective assessments
Driving Results:
Promotes safe work practices by shutting down job if unsafe situation is encountered during an assessment or if activity affecting the integrity of the pipeline does not meet company standards
Prepares assessment report and communicates assessment findings to crews, supervisors and managers
Recommends additional training, if deemed necessary, for field personnel based on findings of field assessments
Analyzes individual and departmental assessment findings and follows up on poor performance observed in previous assessments
Evaluates employee performance for safety and quality workmanship.
Education, Certifications/Licenses:
BS in any engineering discipline or other analytical/technical discipline; or
Equivalent academic education and experience in any of the following:
Construction Operations, Field Operations, System Operations, Transmission, Storage, Corrosion, Field Training/Welding, Leak Survey, Asset Protection and Affiliate Companies
Valid drivers license
Related Work Experience
Engineer/Specialist I
2 years operations experience in a gas utility in 1 or more field operating departments
4 years extensive field operations experience in a gas utility, in 3 or more field operating departments
Engineer/Specialist II
4 years operations experience in a gas utility in 3 or more field operating departments or within multiple QA roles
6 years extensive field operations experience in a gas utility, in 4 or more field operating departments
Specific Skills & Knowledge:
Thorough understanding of company policies, procedures and O&M manuals
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and managers
Ability to effectively communicate assessment findings
MS Excel - basic proficiency
MS Word - basic proficiency
MS PowerPoint - basic proficiency
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Occasional Traveler (5-20% travel): The incumbent will be required to travel on occasion. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.
This position requires constant standing or walking.
This position occasionally requires the incumbent to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
This position requires the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.
The incumbent works in an office environment.
The incumbent may/will work near or with moving mechanical parts.
The incumbent may/will be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.
The incumbent may/will be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.
The incumbent may/will be exposed to excessive noise.
Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.
Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at
Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.
Job Field: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance
Job Type: Standard
Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Glen Ellyn
Operating Company: Nicor Gas
Job Type: Standard
Travel (Up to...): No
Union Covered: No
Work Location(s):
Glen Ellyn - 90 N Finley Rd. (90GlenEllynCODE)
90 N Finley Rd.
Glen Ellyn, 60137
Req ID: GAS2001485

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