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Fixed Utility Valuation Engineer Supervisor

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workplace diversity.



$72,763.00 - $110,670.00 Annually


Civil Service


Public Utility Commission


Philadelphia County




12/15/17 11:59 PM














BIE - Gas Safety


400 North Street






Shannon Marciano





If you anticipate the need for an accommodation due to a disability, please inform the Human Resource Office at the time an interview is scheduled.


This position is responsible for the Southeast Region which includes: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Berks, Lancaster and Delaware.

Candidate must reside in one of the counties of responsibility or relocate within 6 months of employment.

Work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Monday through Friday.


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 objectives.
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 dynamics).
Knowledge of Electrical Engineering basics (AC and DC electrical theories).
Knowledge of the engineering principles of pipeline construction and construction inspection.
Knowledge of the characteristics and properties of materials used in pipeline construction.
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 and analyses.
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 and procedures.
Ability to analyze and present technical data in clear, concise engineering reports.
Ability to read and interpret federal, state and local codes, regulations and standards applicable to the design, construction or evaluation of engineering projects.
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 values. 

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 litigated cases.

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 records.

Reviews and approves employee time sheets such that they comply with required procedures.

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 evaluations. 
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 inspections.   
Assists the Program manager in the administration of all required PHMSA grant programs. Coordinates the scheduling of all U.S. Department of Transportation audits.
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 and analyses.
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 court cases.
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 regarding employment.

Essential Functions
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 system.

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 eliminate recurrences.

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 legal staff.

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 regulations.

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 actions.

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.


Eligibility - all candidates

Meet the minimum experience and training required for the job: One year as a Fixed Utility Valuation Engineer III


Four years technological engineering or valuation engineering experience involving the operation of a public or private generation, collection and distribution system, or related experience with a public utility, a public utility regulatory agency, or as a consulting engineer in related work, one year of which was in a supervisory capacity; and a bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering technology specifically related to construction and design of generation, collection and distri­bution systems; or any equivalent combination of experience or training. A master's degree in engineering will be accepted in lieu of one year's technical experience.

Be a resident of Pennsylvania.

Be eligible for selection in accordance with Civil Service rules.


Recruitment Method(s):
Applicants must meet one (or more) of the following methods(s) to be considered for this vacancy:

  • Promotion Without Examination
  • Transfer
  • Reassignment
  • Voluntary Demotion
  • Reinstatement

Eligibility - Competitive Promotion Without Examination Only

  1. Have held regular civil service status in one of the following classifications:
    • Fixed Utility Valuation Engineer 3

Or in a class at Pay Scale 9 where there is clear linkage between the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of that class and the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the Fixed Utility Valuation Engineer Supervisor class. Applications submitted will be reviewed to determine if an applicant's current or previous class has a logical occupational, functional, or career development relationship to the Fixed Utility Valuation Engineer Supervisor class.

Selection Criteria
Minimum experience and training required for the job.

Meritorious service; defined as (a) the absence of any discipline above the level of written reprimand during the 12 months preceding the closing date of the posting, and (b) the last due overall regular or probationary performance evaluation was higher than unsatisfactory or fails to meet standards.

Seniority, defined as a minimum of one year(s) in the next lower class(es) by the posting closing date of 12/15/2017.

This section is issued for compliance with Management Directive 580.19, Promotion in the Classified Service without Examination.

How to apply - all candidates:
Submit an online application at on or before Friday, December 15, 2017 and attach:

  • Resume
  • Please attach a copy of your most recent Employee Performance Review (EPR) to your application - if you do not have this document, please include a note explaining why it is not included.

All application materials must be filed online by the closing date of this posting. Faxed, e-mailed, mailed, late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

To be considered for this vacancy, all applicants must meet the minimum experience and training requirements.

In addition to the application materials listed above, individuals applying for Voluntary Demotion must submit a letter of interest acknowledging reduction in pay.

Individuals applying for Reinstatement must submit a letter of interest requesting consideration for reinstatement.

Please use the contact information provided for additional information.



400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Position #83-17