Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst

Company Name: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Phone Number: (503) 378-6265
City: Salem
State/Provence: Oregon
Zip: 97301
Job Title: Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Miscellaneous Positions
Posting Start Date: April 23, 2018
Salary: $5,282 - $7,752
Salary Per: Per Month
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

PUC is currently looking to fill a full time Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst vacancy in the agency’s Utility Program, Utility Safety, Reliability and Security Division. This program exists to protect the public against the risks to life and property inherent in the transportation of natural gas by pipeline. The program’s goal is to prevent natural gas pipeline accidents and failures through safety inspections and enforcement, education programs, and policy development. The PUC has statutory authority to levy Civil Penalties against operators who fail to comply with safety regulations. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:The Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst’s primary purpose is to enforce natural gas pipeline safety programs per Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), and related US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) regulations. The person in this position will provide senior level engineering and analytical expertise to the agency’s pipeline safety program, with emphasis on operator integrity management programs.

Major duties include:

  • Ensures that operators of natural gas pipeline facilities meet the Federal requirements for integrity management programs (transmission and distribution) and comply with ORS 757.039 and related USDOT PHMSA and PUC rules and policies. If operators are not in compliance, this person cites violations of deficiencies found and makes appropriate recommendations to operators. This person may request an operator shut down a facility, if found (in their judgment) to be unsafe.
  • In partnership with the Chief of Pipeline Safety, this person establishes and implements procedures and policies that will be used by the division to determine if operators are in compliance with the Federal requirements for transmission and distribution integrity management programs.
  • Performs field inspections of operator’s facilities and operator’s work practices as well as conducts audits and reviews of operator’s facility inspection manuals, training manuals, methods, and records.
  • To eliminate or reduce possible recurrence of similar incidents, the Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst determines preventive measures and distributes this information to appropriate organizations and parties. Additionally, this person conducts training to educate operators regarding state and federal regulations.
  • Makes recommendations to the Commission on Civil Penalties when violations are cited and partners with Department of Justice as subject matter experts when stipulations regarding compliance violations and remediation, or Commission orders, are drafted.
  • Monitors natural gas pipeline accidents and incidents as reported by pipeline operators in compliance with OAR 860-024-0050. The data gathered regarding incidents may be reported as part of the agency’s Key Performance Measures (KPM). This person prepares bi-monthly and annual summary reports of significant incidents which are presented to the Oregon Utility Safety Committee for educational purposes.
  • Conducts investigations, which may include contact with facility operators and members of the public, to determine possible violations of PUC and/or PHMSA regulations.
  • Writes reports, correspondence, testimony and creates exhibits for enforcement of state and federal regulations. May be called upon to defend these under cross-examination in formal proceedings.
  • Initiates and leads workshops with utility management, outside parties, and attorneys as directed by agency management.
  • Proposes rules and policies to address integrity management and pipeline safety issues.
  • Advises PUC management, the Commission, the Legislature, and other state agencies as to the potential impact of proposed legislation or policies.
Experience Required:

PUC is seeking someone who possess some or all of the following skills:

  • Completion of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Training & Qualification (T & Q) Courses, Fundamentals of Integrity Management course, and Safety Evaluation of Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP) course provided by PHMSA.
  • Work experience with the Code of Federal Regulation related to Pipeline Safety.
  • Work experience in natural gas utility operation regulations.
  • Work experience with natural gas utility pipeline safety standards.
  • Work experience in natural gas utility pipeline incident/failure investigations.
  • Experience developing written comments and recommendations intended to inform or influence the decision making of a public agency.
  • Experience documenting technical information for review by a federal agency.
How to Apply:

To view this opening, visit PUC’s website at: www.puc.state.or.us and click on “Jobs at PUC.

OR

Click on the following link: Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst

The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.

Posting End Date: May 21, 2018