This is a supervisory position responsible for the enforcement
of the Public Utility Commission Law and Gas Safety Rules and Regulations of
the Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation as they apply to the
Gas Utilities under the jurisdiction of the Public Utility Commission. The
person in this position supervises an engineering staff responsible for
reviewing, reporting, and inspection of operational compliance of plans,
procedures, and engineering operations of public utilities.
An employee in this job performs a variety of advanced-level pipeline safety
engineering work assignments that require the interpretation and application
of standard engineering techniques, procedures and guidelines, using
engineering judgment in determining whether compliance with regulations has
been achieved. Emphasis is placed on the application of a broad
knowledge of engineering principles and practices to the inspection of varied
and comprehensive engineering projects. The supervisor is responsible
for reviewing inspection progress and upon completion, reviewing inspections
for technical adequacy, completeness, overall quality and attainment of
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of pipeline engineering principles and practices.
Knowledge of the engineering principles used in the development of design
drawings and specifications for components of pipeline engineering projects.
Knowledge of Civil Engineering Mechanics (fluid mechanics and hydraulics).
Knowledge of Engineering Mechanics (statics, strength of materials, and
Knowledge of Electrical Engineering basics (AC and DC electrical theories).
Knowledge of the engineering principles of pipeline construction and
Knowledge of the characteristics and properties of materials used in pipeline
Knowledge of materials science.
Ability to understand cathodic protection system operation.
Ability to understand and calculate operating pressures and acceptable
strength level of piping .
Ability to understand the chemical composition of gas, its interaction with
other chemicals, and the chemical nature of corrosion on pipelines.
Ability to use computer software applications to perform engineering modeling
Ability to interpret maps and analyze construction plans.
Ability to read and interpret inspection and testing reports, engineering
drawings and specifications, and topographic and other maps.
Ability to conduct technical investigations applying engineering principles
Ability to analyze and present technical data in clear, concise engineering
Ability to read and interpret federal, state and local codes, regulations and
standards applicable to the design, construction or evaluation of engineering
Specific duties include:
Directs, plans, assigns, and controls the activities of technical employees
in the Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement who review, analyze, and
present testimony regarding pipeline infrastructure, pipeline replacement,
reportable incident investigations, formal complaints, base rate filings,
rate base, depreciation and other engineering, economic and statistical
Ensures that all applicable formal rate case technical staff requirements are
met within the required time frame.
Provides assistance and direction to subordinates in identifying and
developing issues, testimony and exhibits.
Assists Deputy Director – Technical in preparing settlement positions in
Testifies as required as an expert witness on specific issues in formal rate
proceedings or any other proceeding in which BI&E is an active party.
Prepares and supervises the preparation of direct, rebuttal, and surrebuttal
testimony, data requests, responses to data requests, input to cross
examination questions, input to briefs and reply briefs, and input to
exceptions and reply exceptions to ALJ recommended decisions.
Reviews draft and final work products for form, substance, technical accuracy
and compliance with BI&E Procedures Manual.
Encourages professional development of subordinate employees by requesting
out-service training as well as conducting on-the-job training.
Evaluates employee performance on an ongoing basis and prepares required
periodic performance evaluations.
Reviews and approves employee leave requests and maintains attendance
Reviews and approves employee time sheets such that they comply with required
Assist the Program Manager to plan, organize, activate, and control the work
requirements. Duties include but are not limited to, establishing
goals, scheduling, and ensuring the completion of pipeline safety
Responsibility for technical and administrative details of all reports,
records, forms, correspondence, etc. All duties are to be performed in
timely and orderly methods.
Coordinate and direct investigations and report status of pipeline accidents
or special incidents as necessary. Special investigations include but
are not limited to, pipeline emergencies, explosions, and natural
disasters. Reporting the status of emergencies, explosions, or natural
disasters onsite to the Program Manager, as necessary.
Direct engineering staff on scheduling standard and complex inspections and
assessment of either interstate and intrastate gas or hazardous liquid
pipeline facilities and operations in order to determine compliance with
state and federal regulations. Utilize a risk assessment method to prioritize
Assists the Program manager in the administration of all required PHMSA grant
programs. Coordinates the scheduling of all U.S. Department of Transportation
Review staff reports of pipeline damage prevention programs, incident
data, safety related conditions, construction, records, leakage survey, leak
repairs on gas mains and services, valve maintenance, drug testing, and
investigation of failures to ensure compliance with both federal
pipeline standards and state pipeline safety rules
Plans and coordinates required program meetings, seminars, etc.
Reviews reports of evaluation of utility programs intended to assess, manage,
and control pipeline risks such as leak rates, component failures, material
failures, and operating practices.
Compiles, prepare, enter and update records, data, reports and other
information in program databases, files and other storage media in order to
document inspection and investigative findings.
Review and assign for inspection submitted utility design plans and
specifications for the construction, reconstruction, and upgrading of natural
gas and liquid petroleum pipeline facilities.
Review and analyze revisions to gas utilities operations and maintenance
procedures submitted in compliance with safety code requirements.
Develop and maintain computer databases for carbon monoxide incidents, field
staff activities, failure of cast iron facilities, failure of plastic
pipeline facilities, and analysis of response to gas leak calls.
Directs operating, maintenance, and construction audits of jurisdictional
intrastate pipeline operators which include LNG & propane plant operation
as well as natural gas, liquid petroleum, and steam pipeline operators.
Monitors operators at assigned territories, perform scheduled record and
field evaluations, and provide updates on status of work to ensure
completion. Reviews violation issues submitted by staff.
Collect, analyze and summarize all information resulting from field
inspection activities. Prepare final engineering technical
investigative report that describe and summarize all non-compliant
requirements and corrective measures for management review and
approval. Compile, prepare, enter and update records, data, reports and
other information in program databases, files and other storage media in
order to document inspection and investigative findings.
Direct lead investigator's investigations of all pipeline incidents,
involving serious service failures, property damages, death and injuries to
analyze the system prior to incident. Analyze data and develop
recommendations for citation according to obtained evidence using engineering
and sound technical methods.
Direct scheduling of complex audits of operating, maintenance, and construction
audits of jurisdictional intrastate gas & liquid pipeline operators under
the Federal DOT Pipeline Safety Program.
Reviews reports of consumer complaints involving natural gas to evaluate
company actions for safety and/or reliability of service.
Reviews written reports for emergency notifications such as accidents,
explosions, product releases, outages, and third party damages in which
natural gas or hazardous liquids are involved. Prepares, as necessary,
formal complaints against utilities for further Commission action.
Possess advanced skills in the use of software comparable to MS Word, Excel,
Access, and Outlook. Proficient in the use of supplied computer hardware.
Ability to navigate the internet to find and download information. Ability to
use agency unique databases to establish and update information and to
extract information for reporting purposes.
Reviews and verifies that information supplied in utility filings is properly
and accurately stated in accordance with relevant provisions of the Public
Utility Code, regulations, tariffs, and orders.
Organizes and prepares clear, direct, and concise written reports detailing
conclusions and recommendations resulting from engineering or operating reviews
Developments, prepares and presents testimony on specific issues, and on
occasion, testifies on factual matters during proceedings before
Administrative Law Judges and civil court cases. Prepares and advises staff
on conduct prior to testimony before Administrative Law Judges and civil
Assists in developing regulations, policies, procedures, standards and
guidance documents with pipeline engineering components.
Successful completion of all PHMSA T&Q courses (refresher or new
technologies) in Oklahoma City, OK.
Travels to and from work assignments.
Maintains a current driver's license.
Performs other tasks as assigned.
Interviews job applicants and makes recommendations to upper level management
Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing
Ability to understand and enforce federal and Commission regulations as
related to the design, installation, operation and maintenance of gas
pipeline systems as they apply to gas utilities.
Ability to keep abreast of and enforce new federal and Commission regulations
as related to gas pipeline systems.
Ability to successfully complete the mandatory pipeline safety training at
the federal Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
within three years of employment.
Ability to successfully complete on-going training related to pipeline safety
in areas such as cathodic protection, leak investigation, accident
investigation, drug enforcement, pressure regulation, overpressure
protection, welding, plastic fusion and other training as the need arises.
Ability to investigate, analyze and resolve consumer complaints related to
gas safety issues.
Ability to conduct field inspections at construction sites in remote areas
and at explosion sites.
Ability to work independently and to exercise judgment and initiative.
Ability to make emergency decisions regarding violations of federal and/or
Commission regulations when required.
Ability to express themselves orally and in writing in a clear and concise
manner in order to provide adequate documentation for accident reports and/or
violations of federal and/or Commission regulations.
Ability to prepare recommendations for corrective action to be taken by the
operators to correct violations.
Ability to audit utility's record system to determine if leak complaints are
investigated and corrected promptly.
Ability to understand the design and operation of pressure regulators and
overpressure protection as related to district regulator stations.
Ability to understand the design principles of test pressure, maximum
allowable operating pressure (MAOP) and minimum operating pressure and to
analyze pipeline pressure in order to identify any pressure violations in the
Ability to understand the design, construction, operation and maintenance of
Liquefied Natural Gas facilities and to interpret and enforce federal and
Commission regulations pertaining to such facilities.
Ability to analyze and determine safety violations resulting from or leading
to natural gas explosions and fires and recommend methods and/or practices to
Ability to understand and analyze cathodic protection systems and reports
prepared by the operator and identify areas of noncompliance.
Ability to logically present findings both orally and in writing pertaining
to noncompliance items.
Ability to meet and work with fixed utility legal staff to discuss
noncompliance issues as related to Commission orders, show cause orders and
formal and informal investigations.
Ability to testify as an expert witness in cases involving violations of gas
safety and other pipeline operations.
Ability to provide depositions as related to the operator's actions. Gas
Safety Inspector will be accompanied to depositions with a member of the
Ability to effectively communicate information, both orally and in writing,
concerning the analysis and evaluation of a gas operator's methods and
procedures as related to their compliance with federal and/or Commission gas
pipeline safety regulations.
Ability to evaluate plastic fusion joints on plastic gas pipe as well as
certification procedures for making plastic fusions.
Ability to evaluate welded joints on steel gas pipeline as well as certification
procedures for welders.
Ability to review and analyze gas operator's emergency plans related to their
response to gas emergencies and possible omissions which would be violations
of the federal and/or Commission safety regulations.
Ability to understand and analyze gas operator's operation and maintenance
plans to insure that all safety regulations are being observed and
implemented and to uncover any violations of the federal and/or state
Ability to understand and evaluate operator's anti-drug and alcohol misuse
prevention plans for compliance with federal regulations.
Ability to detect gas safety hazards and violations and take appropriate
Ability to evaluate drug collection site and medical review officer's
performance as it related to the federal anti-drug program regulations.
Ability to operate the following equipment and interpret the results:
1) Combustible Gas Indicator C.G.I.
2) Flame Ionization Leak Detector
3) Gas Odorant
4) 35mm Camera or Digital Camera
5) Automobile and/or small truck
6) Multimeter corrosion testing
7) Pry Bar - weight approximately 25 pounds
Must have and maintain a valid driver's license and be able to operate a
motor vehicle (car and/or light truck).
Ability to read, understand and evaluate gas pipeline drawings, charts, maps
and reports applicable to gas utility regulations.
Ability to get to and around pipeline construction sites and facilities in
remote areas as well as explosion sites.
Ability to organize and plan their work, with minimum supervision, to insure
that all gas operations are evaluated in a timely fashion.
Ability to work with other government agencies (e.g. Federal Office of
Pipeline Safety, National Transportation Safety Board, State Police Fire
Marshal, Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Labor &
Industry) on pipeline related matters.
Must be and remain drug free in compliance with the federally mandated
pipeline drug free work place.