Utility Specialist- Bloomington, Illinois

Posted: June 21, 2021

Company: Southern Company

Employer Type: Energy Supplier

Position Type: Full Time

Job Type: Technician

Experience Level: Mid Level

Certification Required: Other

Education Required: High School/GED

City: BLOOMINGTON

County: MCLEAN

Salary Range: $45000-$55000

The primary function of this role is investigation of meter set items to include: AMI devices, Painting/Corrosion activities, Gas leakage surveys, Inside Leak Survey. Duties include, and not limited to the following: Leak reevaluation and surveys outlined above, basic and light pipe fitting, turn off gas service valves, turn on service valves, some hazard investigation and mitigation, locating underground company facilities, using small tools, light hand digging with spade or shovel could be needed, working in confined spaces at times, communication skills with internal and external parties, computer use, and working in a potentially gaseous atmosphere.

Established Essential Duties:

  • Adheres to all safety and work rules, company policies and procedures and follow the Company safety manual.
  • Shows the ability to utilize different tools and equipment associated with the varying job tasks.
  • Represents the company in all interactions with customers, government and regulatory officials in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Operates Company vehicles and equipment in accordance with Company policies and procedures, including state and federal laws.
  • Works in varying weather conditions, changing elements, and at times in extreme weather conditions.
  • Perform inspection, assessment, repair, or mitigation of atmospheric corrosion
  • Uses various hand tools and power tools, hand digging, and probing for subsurface gas readings
  • Works on jobsites containing uneven surfaces, excavations, and landscaping
  • Available to work overtime as necessary to meet business requirements and flexibility in working shifts as required.
  • Works in a potential gaseous atmosphere.
  • Physical dexterity and ability to use tools
  • Works independently or in a group.
  • Ability to walk for extended periods of time, ability to drive long distances, ability to stand for short and long durations, squat, crawl, walk up and down stairs, and utilize a ladder.
  • Ability to listen and follow directions, to read and understand technical material, the willingness for continual education, and to adapt to new technology or processes.

Desired Skills

Education, Certifications/Licenses:

Required:

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License and pass Company driving tests
  • Must be able to correctly read 300 meter reads in a row within a week timeframe.

Preferred:

  • Background in Utilities, Construction, or Labor intensive roles

Specific Skills & Knowledge:

Required: (within “x” time frame)

  • Pass all required Operator Qualification certifications
  • Maintain compliance with Pipeline Safety Drug and Alcohol testing program
  • Demonstrate skills in:
  • Leak reevaluation and survey
  • Hazard identification
  • Relighting appliances
  • Pipe fitting
  • Small tool use
  • Safe Driving and all Safety initiatives
  • Computer use, Atlas Page reading, and Map reading
  • Organizational daily planning
  • Successfully pass Company’s Field Operations Utility Specialist certification training program
  • Ability to smell odorant used to detect gas leaks
  • Join IBEW local Union

Preferred:

  • Possess good work ethic
  • Be self-motivated, self starter
  • Able to comprehend and follow direction
  • Able to work in varying conditions (i.e., rough terrain, inclement weather)
  • Able to operate basic equipment, machinery and simple tools
  • Possess willingness to learn
  • Demonstrate mechanical aptitude
  • Possess basic knowledge of and background in all Operating departments
  • Includes Sys Ops, Con Ops, & Corrosion
  • Able to communicate well with co-workers, customers and first responders on incidents i.e., Poice and Fire departments
  • Possess experience operating fleet vehicles similar to departmental fleet, that could include a pick-up vehicle (up to 10,000 lbs) and equipment
  • Possess experience working on construction sites
  • Possess good hand/eye coordination

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