The Gas Engineer is an intermediate level position responsible for assisting in all functions of the System and Materials area of the Gas Engineering Department. The work involves gathering data, performing engineering calculations and analysis, designing facilities, performing layout of facilities, preparing proposals for gas service, and communicating and meeting with customers, other CoServ personnel, contractors, consulting engineers and state and government agencies.
Primary Position Responsibilities
Determines the necessary facilities to meet Customer needs and demand for gas.
Designs and recommends various gas facilities to be placed into the system -- this involves sizing pipe, figuring meter and regulator capacity, computing pressure and demand requirements for company and customer installations, assessing district regulators, etc.
Performs engineering calculations and analysis such as distribution analysis involving loads, pressure drop, Btu factors, system looping, meter and regulator capacities, reinforcement studies, etc.
Coordinates work with other departments such as ROW in determining best place to route gas lines because of easements and with Accounting Department in matters that affect scheduling and proper accounting for projects, for example.
Works with other engineers, consulting engineers and contractors in the design and construction of city-gate meter and regulator stations, district lateral, main and service lines and related facilities design.
Coordinates activities among various people in the course of project completion -- contractors, CoServ personnel, state agencies, other utilities, and the gas supplier.
Contacts local, state or federal agencies or other companies for required permits or to inform of plans for line extensions.
Produces cost estimates on various projects and monitors costs as projects proceed.
Coordinates with customers about planned expansions or improvement of customer facilities -- incorporates into two year work plan.
Consults with commercial customers concerning rates and charges for construction as well as appropriate load and required gas facilities.
Prepares contracts for various projects in the work plan for contractor’s bid.
Works with consultants concerning ROW and procurement of easements.
Assists Customer Services and Billing Departments in technical matters concerning energy efficiency, conservation, and rate applications and energy usage.
Performs line design, field layout, and staking of new gas facilities, retirements, and system improvements according to established specifications, procedures, rules, and practices.
Surveys and stakes new line extensions, system improvements, system replacements and maintenance jobs.
Meets with customers to determine customers' needs concerning gas service.
Provides assistance, information, and advice to customers relating to gas service, policies, procedures and programs.
Prepares and obtains signatures, fees, deposits, etc. for line extension and service agreements, and right-of-way easements.
Provides field data necessary to keep system model current.
Develops and maintains a thorough knowledge and recognition of construction units, specifications, requirements and construction practices.
Develops and maintains a thorough knowledge, recognition and specification development of gas equipment and devices used within the gas distribution system.
Develops and maintains a working knowledge of DOT and NFPA codes, local codes and ordinances, Texas Railroad Commission regulations and rules, rate tariffs, service rules, and line extension policies.
Develops and maintains a working knowledge of basic surveying methods and basic gas line design and specification.
Performs any other duties or activities as directed or as required by the position.
Complies with established CoServ safety and operating rules, procedures and guidelines. Responsible for reporting unsafe practices to a supervisor.
Complies with established CoServ Information Security Handbook, policies, procedures, and guidelines. Responsible for reporting suspected information security incidents to Tech Support.
Secondary Position Responsibilities
Attends regularly scheduled safety meetings.
Attends professional development conferences, seminars and workshops as directed.
Communicates with all associates, including developers and CoServ staff, in a timely and professional manner.
Attends Business Development and/or Developer appointments as required.
Assures that all safety precautions, procedures and rules are followed.
Maintains company provided tools and equipment in proper working condition.
Stays informed concerning all development activities within the CoServ Gas area of interest.
Attends yearly CPR and emergency first aid training.
Education and Certifications Required
Associate Degree or four-year degree in Gas Engineering or Engineering Technology, completion of a two-year technical program in gas technology, BS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent practical field experience.
Two (2) years in natural gas utility operations or engineering.
Working Knowledge of 49 CFR Parts 191, 192 and 199.
Working knowledge of 16 TAC Part 1 relating to pipeline safety regulations.
Experience using ESRI and ARC FM mapping software.
Experience using Synergee modeling software.
Experience in environmental regulations applicable to natural gas pipeline industry.
Natural gas distribution and transmission SCADA and related data technology experience.
Skills and Abilities Required
Must communicate well with Developers, Customers and Employees with regard to issues relating to the natural gas service provided by CoServ Gas.
Ability to work in an office and field environment.
Skill in developing and delivering oral and written presentations.
Ability to work both independently, with minimal supervision as well as in teams.
Ability to work under strict deadlines and solve problems effectively.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
Must develop a working knowledge of Company’s service area, distribution system, and system construction.
Must develop a working knowledge of Company’s tariff policies, rules, regulations and procedures.
Have basic skills in the operation and functions of computers including, but not limited to, Windows applications, Excel, Word, Outlook and Internet Explorer.
Have basic skills, or acquire basic skills in AutoCAD necessary to design gas infrastructure.
Mainly works indoors, office setting, uses calculator, copier and computer.
Operates office equipment such as a computer, telephone, fax machine, copier, etc.
Ability to lift a minimum of 25 pounds.
Ability to drive occasionally.
Ability to sit for long periods of time.
Works both in the office and outdoors.
Works in areas with possible exposure to poison oak, poison ivy, and insect stings.
Must have and maintain a valid Texas Drivers License and good driving record.
Ability to travel, when necessary for business and training.
Ability to work flexible or extended hours as needed or directed.
Internal Number: 1358
About CoServ Electric
CoServ is an electric and gas distribution company serving North Texas since 1937. Doing business as CoServ Electric since 1998, we now have over 9,800 miles of electric infrastructure serving more than 240,000 meters across Denton, Collin, Cooke, Grayson, Tarrant and Wise counties. Our natural gas affiliate, CoServ Gas, was established in 1998 and serves more than 125,000 gas meters in Denton, Collin and Kaufman counties.
North Texas is growing, and so is CoServ. We value innovative and dedicated Employees and are committed to providing them with a stable work environment filled with opportunities to learn and grow. Guided by our Core Values—Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Safety—we serve each other as we serve our Members and Customers. We offer a wide variety of careers—from Customer Care Representatives and Billing Clerks to Linemen and Engineers. CoServ is a company you can believe in.