Senior Utility Analyst - NESC Compliance
Oregon Public Utility Commission - Salem, OR

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The mission of the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) is to:

"Ensure that safe and reliable utility services are provided to consumers at just and reasonable rates while fostering the use of competitive markets to achieve these objectives"

In support of that mission, the Safety, Reliability, and Security Division administers programs that ensure utility facilities meet national and state safety codes.PUC is searching for an experienced professional to fill the following position:

Utility and Energy Analyst 3, Senior Utility Analyst

The person in this position serves a key, on the ground, investigation, inspection, and auditing function, necessary for the PUC to ensure safe operation of utility and power facilities.

In Oregon, utility poles are used by electric utilities, telecommunications providers, cable operators, and other various government entities. When violations of the Oregon Administrative Rules and National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) pertaining to use of these facilities occur, the violations must be classified and addressed. The person in this position conducts audits of utility facility inspections, and manages the collection of detailed inspection findings, violation deferral agreements, and deferral plans of correction. This person will also provide reports and expert witness testimony on energy and telecommunications operations methods, and provide leadership in joint use planning between stakeholders for pole attachments. Major duties include:

* Conducts field audits/investigations across the state of Oregon of electric and telecommunications operators to verify compliance with applicable Oregon Administrative Rules. The audits and investigations will be performed at operators' facilities across the State. Conducts in-depth investigations and analysis of operator's electric supply and communication facilities. Analyzes records and performs field inspections of utility energy and telecomm facilities. Reviews companies' standard procedures, inspection reports, system failure information and project cost estimates. Independently evaluates the operation and maintenance of the utilities network systems. When appropriate, recommends preventive measures to eliminate or reduce possible recurrence of similar violations.

* Responsible for the consistent interpretation and enforcement of policies adopted through PUC Commission order.

* Responds to inquiries from the public, the utility or energy industry, state agencies and PUC management and staff. Interpret and apply Oregon Administrative Rules's applicable to pole attachment contracts and dispute resolution on a variety of functional areas

* Provides consultation and recommendations on energy and telecommunications operations. Responsible for violation report preparation, writing, and presentation to each operator audited on investigative findings. Responsible for technical accuracy of data and findings. Serves as expert witness and policy advisor in docketed proceedings.

* Represent the Commission, and acts as spokesperson about Commission policies with other state or federal agencies, industry associations, utilities, local governments, community organizations, and members of the public on Commissions safety and pole attachment rules.

* This position is with a division that responds on a 24/7 basis to utility accidents, emergencies and State disasters supporting Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and the State's Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in disaster response, recovery and mitigation efforts.

* Works with the Attorney General's office to discuss regulatory policy, clarify case issues, develop cross-examination or complete review questions for utility and intervener experts or applicants, and participates in preparing legal briefs used in contested case proceedings. Prepares testimony, and defends testimony under adverse legal cross-examination in public meeting, court, legislative and other legal proceedings.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Economics, Finance, or Accounting AND

Four years of professional-level work experience in engineering, economic analysis, finance, accounting or auditing OR

Seven years of work experience in any of the above fields; four of which must have been at the professional level.

A Master's or Doctorate degree may substitute for up to one year of the 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.

* Work experience with National Electric Safety Code (NESC) standards and inspections.

* Work experience with electric or telecommunication utility facility safety standards.

* Work experience in utility facility incident/failure investigations.

* Experience presenting technical information to individuals or groups who may not have a strong technical background.

* Experience developing written comments and recommendations intended to inform or influence the decision making of a public agency.

* Work experience in a non-traditional work environment (i.e. fieldwork, working in a remote area, private property) interacting, in a professional, diplomatic and respectful manner, with individuals who may exhibit anger or frustration.

To view the complete job announcement including minimum qualifications, salary information and application instructions please visit our jobs page at:, click on 'Jobs at PUC' and view the following announcements:

Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Utility Analyst) - PUC13-0004

PUC is an EEO/AA employer.

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