- Fuel Device Safety Inspector
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This is technical work conducting comprehensive safety inspections of fuel storage, dispensing, utilization and truck delivery systems in a designated area of the state.
An employee in this class conducts safety and device inspections of petroleum, propane, compressed natural gas and/or anhydrous ammonia storage, dispensing and/or utilization facilities located at commercial and non-commercial locations including service stations, bulk plants, marinas, airports, schools, nursing facilities and fuel terminals. Work also involves testing and verifying the accuracy of fuel delivery truck and motor fuel dispenser meters, and obtaining, inspecting and submitting fuel samples from commercial locations for testing and analysis. During initial training and orientation, work is performed under the close supervision of a Fuel Device Safety Specialist or other designated superior; however, as the employee gains experience, the level of supervision received becomes more general, and the employee is expected to work independently within established guidelines.
Conducts comprehensive safety inspections of high or low-flow petroleum or propane fuel storage, distribution, dispensing and utilization equipment at commercial locations (i.e., service stations, terminals, marinas, airports, etc.) and/or public buildings (schools, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.).
Conducts safety inspections of bulk fuel storage plants, dispensing facilities and fuel delivery vehicles.
Conducts fuel system safety inspections of propane-powered school buses and compressed natural gas motor fuel and dispensing systems.
Conducts safety inspections of anhydrous ammonia bulk storage plants, nurse tanks and applicators, including compliance with standards governing personal safety procedures and equipment.
Inspects high or low-flow petroleum and propane fuel dispensing meters at service stations, marinas, and on delivery trucks for accuracy.
Collects, transports and may perform preliminary field testing of fuel samples to insure compliance with state fuel quality standards; submits collected samples for further testing and analysis.
Observes the loading/unloading of fuel transportation vehicles to insure safety transfer practices are followed.
Enforces state statutes and regulations pertinent to public safety, device accuracy and fuel quality; investigates complaints relating to public safety or fuel meter accuracy; takes corrective action and/or makes recommendations to program administrator regarding violations resulting from inspections.
Issues citations and stop sale/stop use orders relating to violations of state statutes and regulations relating to public safety, device accuracy, fuel quality or other aspects of fuel storage, dispensing and utilization systems; reinspects systems prior to placing the device back in service.
Investigates accident sites where regulated fuels are stored, distributed and/or utilized to determine cause; works with federal, state and local fire officials in conducting fuel accident investigations where major property damage, personal injury or loss of life has occurred.
Testifies in court and/or gives depositions on behalf of the state as an expert witness.
Prepares and submits activity, inspection and investigative reports.
Receives initial and on-going training in statutes, regulations, inspection procedures and techniques.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(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.)
Two years of technical experience in the propane or petroleum industry relating to the installation and repair of fuel storage, utilization and dispensing systems (i.e., pipeline and barge terminals, gasoline and propane delivery truck meters, gasoline pumps, atmospheric and pressure vessel fuel storage tanks, propane gas and petroleum piping systems, propane gas appliances, etc.); and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.
Considerable knowledge of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire, safety and measurement standards.
Considerable knowledge of the American Society Testing Materials (ASTM) fuel quality standards relating to hydrocarbon and oxygenated fuels.
Working knowledge of fuel storage, transportation, utilization and dispensing systems.
Working knowledge of volumetric testing methods and devices (volumetric provers, temperature meters, metal thickness gauges, explosion meters, etc.) to ensure meter accuracy and system safety.
Ability to effectively complete work assignments independently, while following established department and program procedures.
Ability to learn, explain and enforce program-specific statutes and regulations.
Ability to make moderately complex mathematical calculations and utilize established guides in reviewing fuel safety and system requirements (i.e., dike and tank volumes, tank displacement, tank venting capacity, temperature and pressure correction of fuels, specific gravity of fuels, BTU requirements of systems, tank pressure ratings, etc.).
Ability to respond to complaints and complete assigned investigations.
Ability to prepare clear and accurate activity, inspection, investigative and administrative reports.
Ability to travel extensively in the performance of duties, including frequent overnight stays.
Ability to work outdoors and in adverse weather conditions.
Ability to work in a potentially hazardous environment (fumes, leaks and the potential for fire/explosion).
Ability to communicate effectively and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, retailers, wholesalers and the public.