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Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3)
SALEM OR 97309
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Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3)
Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3)



Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3)


$63,384.00 - $93,024.00 Annually


Salem, OR

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Public Utility Commission

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5/3/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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PUC is currently looking to fill a full time Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst vacancy in the agency's Utility Program, Utility Safety, Reliability and Security Division. 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. The PUC has statutory authority to levy Civil Penalties against operators who fail to comply with safety regulations.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst's primary purpose is to enforce natural gas pipeline safety programs per Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), 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 operator integrity management programs.

Major duties include:

+ Ensures that operators of natural gas pipeline facilities meet the Federal requirements for integrity management programs (transmission and distribution) and comply with ORS 757.039 and related USDOT PHMSA and PUC rules and policies. If operators are not in compliance, this person cites violations of deficiencies found and makes appropriate recommendations to operators. This person may request an operator shut down a facility, if found (in their judgment) to be unsafe.

+ In partnership with the Chief of Pipeline Safety, this person establishes and implements procedures and policies that will be used by the division to determine if operators are in compliance with the Federal requirements for transmission and distribution integrity management programs.

+ Performs field inspections of operator's facilities and operator's work practices as well as conducts audits and reviews of operator's facility inspection manuals, training manuals, methods, and records.

+ To eliminate or reduce possible recurrence of similar incidents, the Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst determines preventive measures and distributes this information to appropriate organizations and parties. Additionally, this person conducts training to educate operators regarding state and federal regulations.

+ Makes recommendations to the Commission on Civil Penalties when violations are cited and partners with Department of Justice as subject matter experts 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. The data gathered regarding incidents may be reported as part of the agency's Key Performance Measures (KPM). This person prepares bi-monthly and annual summary reports of significant incidents which are presented to the Oregon Utility Safety Committee for educational purposes.

+ Conducts investigations, which may include contact with facility operators and members of the public, to determine possible violations of PUC and/or PHMSA regulations.

+ 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 integrity management 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.

Working Conditions:

This position requires performing inspections and audits of natural gas facilities, operations and operators throughout the state. This position is classified, unrepresented and is not eligible for overtime. This work is performed primarily in the field which requires travel throughout the state with frequent overnight stays of one or more days and so must have a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record. Work may require inspection of facilities in hazardous areas. Requires readiness to investigate utility incidents on a 24-hour basis, in all kinds of weather and hazardous locations where fires and/or explosions may have occurred. This position may require considerable walking, across rough terrain, when inspecting new or existing facilities. Work may include ascending/descending platforms, and using stairs/ladders to access facilities and worksites to complete inspections. May lift or transfer up to 50 lbs. Requires regular use of laptop or personal computer.

This position requires the presentation and defense of citations, reports, and testimony which may be in adversarial conditions or contracted formal proceedings involving opposing parties.


The PUC offices are located in downtown Salem, in close proximity to the State Capitol, and we maintain a Portland satellite office. PUC prides itself in being a great place to have a career. As a mid-size State of Oregon agency, we provide opportunity for employees to get to know each other in a comfortable and friendly environment. We offer benefit plans that pay up to 99% of the health care premiums for coverage of employees and dependents; membership in the Public Employee Retirement System; 11 paid holidays per year; 24 hours of personal leave per year; vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month; sick leave earned at a rate of 8 hours per month; and many other benefits. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Qualified applicants will clearly demonstrate in the "Work Experience" and/or "Education" section of their electronic application that they meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in 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.


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.

Requested Skills

+ Completion of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Training & Qualification (T & Q) Courses, Fundamentals of Integrity Management course, and Safety Evaluation of Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP) course provided by PHMSA.

+ 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.

Only candidates who meet the above "Minimum Qualifications" for the position and whose work experience most closely matches the requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.

Additional Information


Click the "Apply" button above to complete the online State of Oregon employment application. Only complete applications submitted by the closing date/time posted on this announcement will be considered. The PUC does NOT accept paper applications, email applications or supplemental information/attachments not submitted as an attachment to the online application. Updates regarding candidates' application status will be provided via email only.

Your application must clearly show how you meet the minimum qualifications and requested skills for this position. Be sure to complete the following sections: "Work Experience" and, if applicable, "Education." The "Work Experience" section must include the specific position(s) you have held, organizations for which you have worked, complete start and end dates of your employment (month and year), and a detailed description of your duties and level of responsibility. Minimum Qualifications will be determined based on the information provided in the "Work Experience" and/or "Education" section(s) of your application. If your description in the "Work Experience" section is too brief and/or insufficient to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position your application will not be considered in the next step of the recruitment and selection process.

Note: Grammar, clarity, conciseness, and professionalism of application materials will be considered as part of the evaluation process.

A resume is not required to apply for this position and it will not replace the completed "Work Experience" section.

Transcripts should be attached to your online application if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts must be from an accredited institution and clearly show your name, coursework completed with a passing grade, degree received, and institution name. The PUC will accept scanned electronic copies of official or unofficial transcripts.

If applicable, to certify your completion of the PHMSA Training & Qualification Courses AND/OR Fundamentals of Integrity Management Course AND/OR Safety Evaluation of Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP) course, attach a copy of the certificate(s) of completion to your online application.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the application process, please call PUC Human Resources at (503) 378-6265 Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM (PST).

The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice. If you are hired, you may be required to provide facts about past employment and present financial interests if they could be connected with the businesses regulated by the PUC.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current opening and may be used to fill other openings as they occur.

The PUC does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three-days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.


Eligible veterans who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference you MUST attach to your electronic application the following documentation:


A copy of your DD214 or DD215;


A letter from the US Department of Veterans' Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension.

Disabled Veteran

A copy of your DD214 or DD215;


A copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the US Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Additional information on veterans' preference in employment may be obtained from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs website at: or by calling 1-800-692-9666.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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