Would you be excited to be part of a team performing inspections of pipeline utility operators to ensure the construction, operation, and maintenance of utility facilities statewide are safe for the public, consumers, and utility workers?
The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is located in downtown Salem, just walking distance to the Capital. 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. We have a robust natural gas pipeline safety program and a nationally recognized program for the enforcement of the National Electrical Safety Code.
PUC prides itself in being a great place to have a career. We are a mid-size State of Oregon agency which allows employees to get to know each other and creates a comfortable and relaxed 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 retirement plan; 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 is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy in the Utility Program, Utility Safety, Reliability and Security Division. This position is classified, non-represented and is not eligible for overtime. PUC doesn’t receive General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.
This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The person in this position will serve as a member of the agency’s Utility Safety, Reliability and Security Division, with duties focused around the administration and enforcement of Federal and State Programs designed to protect the public against the risks to life and property inherent in the intrastate transportation of natural gas by pipeline.
Under the Direction of the Division Administrator and the Chief of Pipeline Safety, the primary responsibility of the person in this position will be to ensure that operators of intrastate natural gas pipeline and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facilities comply with ORS 757.039 and related US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) and PUC rules and policies. Major duties include:
- Monitors and evaluates regulated utility activities to ensure safe and adequate service is provided to customers by performing field inspections of operator’s facilities and work practices. Reviews facility inspection and training manuals, methods and records. Cites standard in code for probable violations found.
- Prepares formal written reports, correspondence and 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.
- Develops and delivers presentations regarding utility safety and applicable state and federal regulations to promote, train and educate utility operators, associations and members of the public.
- Provides technical advice to other PUC analysts regarding safety, engineering, operation, and maintenance matters pertaining to natural gas utilities and jurisdictional operators.
- May be required to support the agency in emergency response activities with the State.
Position requires performing inspections and audits of natural gas facilities, operations and operators throughout the State of Oregon. This work requires:
- Travel throughout the state with frequent overnight stays of one or more days. Must have a valid Oregon driver’s license and maintain an acceptable driving record.
- Inspection of facilities in hazardous areas.
- Readiness to investigate utility incidents on a 24-hour basis, in all kinds of weather and hazardous locations where fires and/or explosions may have occurred.
- Considerable walking, across rough terrain, when inspecting new or existing facilities. Work may include ascending/descending platforms, and using stairs/ladders to access facilities and worksites to complete inspections. May lift or transfer up to 50 lbs.
- Regular use of laptop or personal computer. This position requires the presentation and defense of citations, reports, and testimony which may be in adversarial conditions or contracted formal proceedings involving opposing parties.