The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to serve as a member of the PUC’s Pipeline Safety team. The agency is filling one full-time Utility and Energy Analyst 2, Pipeline Safety Analyst.
The electric, natural gas, and telecommunication industries are currently undergoing profound, if not revolutionary changes. Technology innovation, changes in market structures, and new environmental directives are all having a profound impact on these industry sectors. PUC employees take pride in their work developing regulatory practices and policies that improve the lives of our ratepayers, community members, and our environment.
As a Pipeline Safety Analyst, you will be on the front-line, working with natural gas transmission and distribution pipeline operators to ensure proper safety and the prevention of potential accidents. PUC jurisdiction spans 825 miles of transmission and 26,853 miles of distribution pipeline within Oregon.
The primary purpose of this position is to enforce natural gas pipeline safety programs by providing natural gas pipeline/ infrastructure/ construction engineering and analytical expertise. This position will inspect and document natural gas operator’s compliance with requirements set by statute, rule, and federal code.
Major duties include:
- Performs field inspections of operator’s design, construction, operation, and maintenance activities.
- Audits operator’s records of operation and maintenance activities for pipelines and related system facilities.
- Investigates natural gas pipeline accidents and incidents as reported by pipeline operators and conducts inspections to determine possible violations of PUC and/or Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations.
- Prepares formal written reports, correspondence, and formal testimony that documents probable and actual violations. Develops recommendations on how to correct violations and creates exhibits for enforcement of state and federal regulations. May be called upon to defend findings and recommendations under cross-examination in formal proceedings.
- Provides technical advice to other PUC analysts and Consumer Services Division staff members regarding safety, engineering, operation, and maintenance matters pertaining to natural gas utilities and jurisdictional operators.
- Develops harmonious and collaborative professional working relationships with agency staff and management in the course of participating in cross-division projects. Advances the mission and values of the PUC by developing and sustaining positive professional working relationships with the staff and management of the utilities we regulate.
- In the event of an emergency or disaster supports emergency response activities within the State.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
The PUC’s mission is: to ensure Oregon utility customers have access to safe, reliable, and high-quality utility services at just and reasonable rates. We do so through robust and thorough analysis and independent decision-making conducted in an open and fair process.
Our offices are located in downtown Salem, in close proximity to the State Capitol, we also maintain a satellite office in Portland that may be available for telecommuting staff living and/or working in the Portland metro area. We play an integral part in creating and maintaining a fair and transparent regulatory environment that ensures safe, reliable, and efficient utility services at fair and reasonable rates for consumers.
PUC prides itself in being a great place to have a career. We are a mid-size State of Oregon agency which provides the opportunity for employees to get to know each other in a comfortable and friendly environment. We offer benefit plans that pay up to 99% of the premium for coverage of employees and dependents, membership in the Public Employee Retirement System; 11 paid holidays per year; 24 hours of personal leave per year; vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month, and sick leave earned at a rate of 8 hours per month; and many other benefits. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.