Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst
Oregon Public Utility Commission - Salem, OR

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The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is responsible for regulating investor-owned utilities, privately-owned water companies, and the telephone industry. PUC’s mission is to ensure that safe and reliable utility services are provided to customers at just and reasonable rates while fostering the use of competitive markets to achieve these objectives.

PUC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy in the Utility Program, Safety Division.

Utility and Energy Analyst 3, Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst

The primary purpose of this position is to enforce natural gas pipeline safety programs per ORS 757.039, OAR 860-024, OAR 860-028, OAR 860-031, OAR 952-000, 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 all Gas Distribution system operators in distribution integrity management programs (DIMP) inspections. 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. Major duties include:

  • Ensure that operators of natural gas pipeline facilities meet the requirements for the Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP) and comply with ORS 757.039 and related USDOT PHMSA and PUC rules and policies.
  • In partnership with the Chief of Pipeline Safety, establishes and implements procedures and policies that will be used by the division to determine if operators are in compliance with the requirements of DIMP.
  • Performs field inspections of operator’s facilities and operator’s work practices.
  • Audits/Reviews operator’s facility inspection manuals, methods and records.
  • Audits/Reviews operator’s training manuals, methods and records.
  • Conducts training to educate operators regarding state and federal regulations.
  • Cites violations of deficiencies found and makes appropriate recommendations to operators.
  • May require an operator to shut down a facility, if found (in their judgment) to be unsafe.
  • Makes recommendations to the Commission on Civil Penalties when violations are cited.
  • Partners with Department of Justice and acts as subject matter expert 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.
  • Conducts investigations, which may include contact with facility operators and members of the public, to determine possible violations of PUC and/or PHMSA regulations.
  • Determines preventive measures to eliminate or reduce possible recurrence of similar incidents, and distributes this information to appropriate organizations and parties.
  • Prepares bi-monthly and annual summary reports of significant incidents.
  • Data gathered regarding incidents may be reported as part of the agency’s Key Performance Measures (KPM).
  • 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 DIMP 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.
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in a Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management or a closely related technical or scientific field AND four years of professional-level experience in natural gas utility engineering operations.

OR

Seven years of work experience in natural gas utility engineering operations; four of which must be at the professional level.

A Master’s degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology or a closely related technical or scientific field will substitute for one year of the professional level work experience.

A Doctorate in Engineering or Engineering Technology or a closely related technical or scientific field will substitute for two years of the professional level work experience.

In addition, we are specifically recruiting for the preferred qualifications below. Applicants who are best able to demonstrate these attributes will be contacted for an interview.

  • Completion of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • Training & Qualification Courses and Gas Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) Inspection Training Course.
  • 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.
To view the complete job announcement including minimum qualifications, salary information and application instructions please visit our jobs page at: http://www.puc.state.or.us/puc/Pages/jobs/index.aspx, click on “Jobs at PUC” and view the following announcements:

Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst) – PUC13-0026

PUC is an EEO/AA employer.

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