Public Utility Engineer

  • Public Utility Engineer
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Class Number: 
0845
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$58,896.00 – $82,656.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$2,454.00 – $3,444.00
Pay Grade: 
A34

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Definition

This is professional engineering work performing technical analysis and research of the operations of public utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission and coordinating these activities with the Public Counsel and Public Counsel staff.

An employee in this class is responsible for performing engineering analysis and research in the area of public utility operations. Work involves participation in the planning, organizing and development of engineering research projects pertaining to the operation of electric, gas, telephone, sewer and water companies throughout the state. Work includes assisting legal staff in the preparation of briefs and cross-examination of witnesses, as well as testifying as an expert witness in cases before the Public Service Commission. Direction is provided by the Public Counsel; however, the employee works with considerable independence in the performance of assigned duties.

Job Duties

Conducts technical analysis relating to the design of telecommunications networks and gas, electric and water plant utilities to insure that facilities are in place that will provide safe and adequate service at reasonable cost.

Plans investigation and analysis requiring engineering expertise associated with rate design, tariff and service related matters.

Reviews utility cost of service studies to insure that allocations are consistent with sound engineering principles.

Reviews depreciation studies to insure that depreciation rates are reasonable.

Analyzes testimony filed by utilities, Public Service Commission technical staff, and other interveners in contested cases before the Public Service Commission.

Coordinates and monitors research efforts of consultant private contractors engaged by the Office of the Public Counsel.

Supervises part-time research assistants.

Reviews rules and standards associated with the provision of utility services.

Provides testimony and exhibits at Missouri Public Service Commission hearings as an expert witness.

Assists the legal staff in the preparation of briefs and cross-examination of witnesses.

Represents the office on state and national committees, delivers talks, prepares papers and reports concerning regulatory problems and activities.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
Engineering & Applied Sciences

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Three years of experience in electrical, mechanical, civil or structural engineering or closely related field; and a bachelor's degree in electrical, mechanical, civil or structural engineering from a school with the curriculum approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Special Requirements

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri at the time of appointment.

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.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Considerable knowledge of Federal, State and Local regulations relating to regulatory work and methods.

Considerable knowledge of the modern trends and practices in public utility service, investigation and regulation.

Considerable knowledge of the engineering principles and practices employed in the construction and operation of electric, gas, telecommunications, sewer and water utilities.

Working knowledge of the engineering principles and general knowledge of the accounting principles in rate structure determination.

Working knowledge of statistical principles as they apply to public utility regulation.

Ability to work with technical and clerical staff to effectively attain regulatory goals.

Ability to represent ideas clearly and concisely.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with utility company representatives, governmental officials and the general public.

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