Southern Company Engineer, Division in Union, New Jersey



The purpose of this position is to manage/train junior engineers and technicians designing capital improvements on natural gas distribution and transmission facilities within an assigned Division, as well as performing design duties on certain projects. These design activities include: regulator station design, public works relocations, pressure improvements, system renewal projects and meter set designs. This is a shared service provider role focused upon coordinating engineering, new business and construction activities for optimal design, execution and reporting as well as providing engineering support for assigned service center areas. The role will have as direct reports: junior engineers, design techs and engineering techs.

Functional Expertise:

  • Trains and mentors less senior engineers and technicians. Provides technical direction to team members.

  • Oversee and approve designs, by performing systematic reviews of work and answering questions on difficult issues.

  • Works with Engineering Director, Sr. Engineer and Construction Ops Manager to prepare project prioritization lists used in the annual capital budgeting process.

  • Directs less senior engineers and technicians in preparing designs, proposals, graphs, planning layouts and summaries designed to communicate project plans, progress or results.

  • Serves as project manager; assists in determining project objectives on the development of a comprehensive project design, outlines project requirements, assigns tasks, coordinates project activities with other operating units to facilitate participation of appropriate staff on project, supervises progress to ensure objectives are met.

  • Develops design options or recommendations to improve system optimization. Assesses feasibility of engineering solutions.

Business Acumen:

  • Reviews engineering designs to provide for the most cost effective long term solution for project.

  • Apply knowledge of pipeline design, meters, regulators and relief valves and procedures for sizing.

  • Proficient at applying codes and standards as they apply to natural gas engineering. Codes include DOT 192, and Operations Procedure Manual.


  • Collaborates with construction management, operations managers and technical services to produce effective designs.

  • Manages staff performance and development for IPO’s and Success Factors.

  • Anticipates and identifies issues that put projects at risk. Implements corrective action.

Driving Results:

  • Identifies and resolves obstacles/issues that put project at risk; Provides technical guidance for less senior staff.

  • Tracks projects from concept through construction. Responsible for accounting for budget variances and reporting monthly metrics for the Division to Engineering Manager.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • BS in recognized engineering specialty, ABET accredited institution


  • Professional Engineering (PE) License

  • Certified Project Manager

Related Work Experience:


  • 7-10 years of gas engineering or operations experience

  • Engineering background with knowledge of gas engineering principles and theories, operation of gas distribution systems, and financial and statistical analysis

  • Knowledge of the DOT pipeline safety regulations


  • Equivalent academic education and experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Good technical and computer skills.

  • Acting with a sense of urgency

  • Strong leadership skill

  • Ability to communicate with all levels in the organization

  • CAD/GIS - Intermediate proficiency

  • MS Office - Intermediate proficiency


  • MS Project or Primavera

  • SynerGEE experience

  • AutoCAD or MicroStation experience

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • The incumbent works in an office environment.

  • The incumbent may/will work near or with moving mechanical parts.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to excessive noise.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to construction related activities

  • This position occasionally requires prolonged standing or walking.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to reach above shoulder-level.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  • This position requires the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

  • Local travel.

  • Occasional overnight travel (to include out of state to other Southern Gas Company jurisidtions)

  • Keyboarding required in approx 40% - 60% of daily tasks


Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees in the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.

Company Information:

Elizabethtown Gas

Elizabethtown Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Elizabethtown Gas provides natural gas delivery service to approximately 283,000 residential, business and industrial natural gas customers in New Jersey. In operation since 1855, the company serves parts of Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Mercer counties. For more information, visit at .


About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.5 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at .

Job ID: 2016-5352

Company: Elizabethtown Gas Services

Job Locations: US - NJ - Union

Type: Regular Full-Time

Posted Date: 11/15/2016