- Utility Engineering Specialist I
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is entry-level engineering work performing routine design evaluations and engineering analysis of utilities regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).
An employee in this class performs routine engineering analysis of utility operations, and prepares material which may be used as testimony in PSC hearings on utility rates, services, construction or production. Work involves participating in the evaluation of specific types of designs, or working in engineering areas such as electrical, telecommunications, steam, water, gas or nuclear systems, or in specific aspects of statistics or industrial activity reporting. Close supervision is received from a higher-level Utility Engineering Specialist, Utility Regulatory Engineer or an administrative superior, and work is reviewed for technical accuracy and conformance to established policies.
Confers with consumers, utilities, intervenors, staff or others concerning proposed changes in utility organizational policy, regulation of rates, or system design; conceptualizes and defines problems in engineering terms, and consults with internal management to determine type, scope and purpose of studies.
Assists in the development of methods for monitoring utility project expenditures relating to prudence of business activity and engineering options such as capital equipment acquisition, distribution alternatives and cyclical production activity.
Works with economists, auditors and management personnel in other PSC units to facilitate an understanding of utility technologies; assists non-engineering staff in solving rate problems associated with design issues.
Compiles facts for the development of staff positions on issues such as equipment capacities, interconnecting system traffic, system loads, acquisition and installation costs, flow rates or fuel cycles; presents computerized information in the form of graphs, charts, tables or reports.
Develops and provides testimony at regulatory hearings.
Provides technical assistance to utilities to enhance production methods, improve technology and reduce costs; formulates corrective action plans and tracks implementation.
Investigates consumer reports of poor service or defective, damaged or malfunctioning parts, assemblies, equipment or systems to determine nature and scope of problem.
Observes tests under operational conditions to investigate design proposals for improving equipment performance or other factors.
Confers with vendors to determine specifications and evaluates according to quality standards in order to aid smaller utilities in the identification of potential suppliers.
Participates in meetings, seminars and training sessions; evaluates data in scientific journals, supply catalogs, government documents, and other sources on standards of design and production, materials, processes and parts in order to update knowledge of available resources.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
(The following entrance requirements are used to admit or reject applicants for merit system examinations, or may be used to evaluate applicants for employment in positions not requiring selection from merit system registers. When applicable, equivalent substitution will be allowed for deficiencies in experience or education.)
Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree in civil, electrical, mechanical, structural, nuclear, industrial or engineering management with the curriculum approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Working knowledge of engineering methods and procedures.
Some knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and database software packages associated with statistical evaluation and engineering.
Some knowledge of available sources and types of information and methods of analysis used in regulated utility industries.
Ability to consult with and advise others on design and operational features of utility facilities.
Ability to obtain and evaluate general and computerized management information.
Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data such as meaningful associations, estimates or projections, and to present results with clarity and precision to technical and non-technical audiences.
Ability to testify as an expert witness under cross-examination.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and utility representatives.
Ability to travel as necessary to conduct business.
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