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Pipeline Safety/Regulation Specialist

M35

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are involved in the inspection and regulation of natural gas and hazardous liquid transportation pipelines and operators.  This includes the enforcement of state, federal and Commission pipeline regulations through inspections, investigations, complaint response, and training of operators and contractors.

Typical Functions

  • Interprets state and federal laws and commission rules for agency and industry personnel and the general public.
  • Performs investigations and responds to complaints related to the release of natural gas or hazardous liquids from pipeline facilities.
  • Responds to and investigates threats to public safety resulting from non-compliance with state and federal laws and agency policy.
  • Conducts field inspections of pipeline facilities, transportation systems, and construction sites to evaluate safety and performance, using appropriate testing equipment.
  • Identifies and reports operational deficiencies and coordinates with operators to correct, ensuring compliance with guidelines and instructions.
  • Provides training and technical assistance to pipeline operators, employees, and the public on pipeline dangers, safety procedures and the proper use of emergency response equipment.
  • Prepares and/or reviews operational reports, daily work records, and other required documentation.
  • Prepares exhibits and testifies as an expert witness in Commission hearings.

Level Descriptors

The Pipeline Safety/Regulation Specialist job family has three levels that are distinguished by the complexity of assignments, the level of expertise required to perform the duties assigned, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I Code: M35A Salary Band: J

This is the basic level of the job family where employees are assigned responsibility for performing entry level work in conducting inspections and investigations of operator facilities and operations using test equipment to run field tests, observing operations, and visually checking equipment and facilities.  Incumbents will respond to hazardous releases and complaints, documenting results and providing recommendations for corrective actions.  These positions will act as liaison between the Corporation Commission, industry and the general public, and will coordinate with and provide technical assistance to utility operators by assisting in developing operating standards, planning and conduction surveys, studies and investigations, and providing information and assistance to personnel in the resolution of technical problems.  No training or supervisory responsibilities will be assigned at this level.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of basic engineering principles related to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines; of the construction, operation and maintenance of natural gas distribution systems, natural gas transmission systems and hazardous liquid pipeline systems; of basic research and analysis methods, and of basic investigatory techniques, report writing and record keeping.  Ability is required to conduct inspections and investigations of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operations and accidents; to use electronic test equipment and personal computers; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor's degree in mechanical, petroleum or civil engineering plus two years of experience in the regulation, operation and/or maintenance of natural gas distribution systems, natural gas transmission systems and/or hazardous liquid pipeline systems; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Four years of experience can be substituted for the bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Level II Code: M35B Salary Band: L

This is the career level of the job family where employees are assigned independent responsibility for on-site inspections and investigations of operator facilities and operations using test equipment to run field tests, observing operations, and visually checking equipment and facilities.  Incumbents will respond to hazardous releases and complaints and investigate using complainant interviews and fieldwork, documenting results and providing recommendations for corrective actions.  Incumbents are also responsible for regulation of construction activities, including determining operator’s compliance with state and federal laws and agency policy.  These positions will act as liaison between the Corporation Commission, industry and the general public and will coordinate with and provide more complex technical assistance to utility operators, including conducting special projects such as surveys, studies and investigations when required.  At this level, some limited guidance and training of entry-level employees may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include the knowledge and skills identified in Level I plus knowledge of engineering principles and practices related to the design, installation and testing of pipeline systems; of natural gas pressure regulating equipment and cathodic protection installations; of complex research and analysis methodologies; ability to prepare technical reports; to compile data and effectively communicate technical information; and to present evidence in formal hearings.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I and two additional years of qualifying experience.

Level III Code: M35C Salary Band: M

This is the leadership level where employees are assigned responsibility for performing and supervising work involving on-site inspections and investigations of operator facilities and operations, including regulation of natural gas and hazardous liquid transportation pipelines and operators.  Incumbent will review new and existing energy legislation and agency policies and prepare reports on projected impact, and may compose news releases, informational handouts, and/or articles concerning natural gas and hazardous liquid transportation pipelines.  These positions will also perform investigations of natural gas pipeline accidents and hazardous liquid pipeline incidents resulting in death, hospitalization, or damages exceeding $50,000.  At this level, positions are assigned responsibility for the supervision of Pipeline/Safety Regulation personnel, including reviewing and assigning work, providing training and evaluating performance.  Some positions may provide direct supervision that includes additional responsibilities for employee development, approving leave and initiating disciplinary actions, as well as performing related administrative functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include the knowledge and skills identified in Level II plus knowledge of advanced research and analysis techniques; of advanced investigatory techniques; and of supervisory principles and practices, and ability to supervise the work of others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II and two additional years of qualifying experience.

Special Requirements

Applicants must be willing and able to be on call twenty-four (24) hours per day; be willing to travel frequently and be away from home for extended periods of time; be willing to relocate to the place of assignment; and be willing to accept the physical discomforts and/or dangers inherent in the work.

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