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Utility Specialist

Company: Southern Company
Location: Kankakee
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Utility Specialist
The primary function of this role is investigation of meter set items to include: AMI devices, Painting/Corosion activities, Gas leakage surveys, Inside Leak Survey. Duties include, and not limited to the following: Leak reevaluation and surveys outlined above, basic and light pipe fitting, turn off gas service valves, turn on service valves, some hazard investigation and mitigation, locating underground company facilities, using small tools, light hand digging with spade or shovel could be needed, working in confined spaces at times, communication skills with internal and external parties, computer use, and working in a potentially gaseous atmosphere. May be required to perform tasks or duties associated with lower job levels.
Employee must obtain qualification in all Operator Qualification tasks associated with the role.
Established Essential Duties:

  • Adheres to all safety and work rules, company policies and procedures and follow the Company safety manual.

  • Shows the ability to utilize different tools and equipment associated with the varying job tasks.

  • Represents the company in all interactions with customers, government and regulatory officials in a courteous and professional manner.

  • Operates Company vehicles and equipment in accordance with Company policies and procedures, including state and federal laws.

  • Works in varying weather conditions, changing elements, and at times in extreme weather conditions.

  • Perform inspection, assessment, repair, or mitigation of atmospheric corrosion

  • Uses various hand tools and power tools, hand digging, and probing for subsurface gas readings

  • Works on jobsites containing uneven surfaces, excavations, and landscaping

  • Available to work overtime as necessary to meet business requirements and flexibility in working shifts as required.

  • Works in a potential gaseous atmosphere.

  • Physical dexterity and ability to use tools

  • Works independently or in a group.

  • Ability to walk for extended periods of time, ability to drive long distances, ability to stand for short and long durations, squat, crawl, walk up and down stairs, and utilize a ladder.

  • Ability to listen and follow directions, to read and understand technical material, the willingness for continual education, and to adapt to new technology or processes.

    Certifications or Qualifiers
    Education, Certifications/Licenses:

    • High School diploma or GED

    • Valid Driver's License and pass Company driving tests

    • Must be able to correctly read 300 meter reads in a row within a week timeframe.


      • Background in Utilities, Construction, or Labor intensive roles

        Specific Skills & Knowledge:

        • Pass all required Operator Qualification certifications

        • Maintain compliance with Pipeline Safety Drug and Alcohol testing program

        • Demonstrate skills in:

        • Leak reevaluation and survey

        • Hazard identification

        • Relighting appliances

        • Pipe fitting

        • Small tool use

        • Safe Driving and all Safety initiatives

        • Computer use, Atlas Page reading, and Map reading

        • Organizational daily planning

        • Successfully pass Company's Field Operations Utility Specialist certification training program

        • Ability to smell odorant used to detect gas leaks

        • Join IBEW local Union


          • Possess good work ethic

          • Be self-motivated, self starter

          • Able to comprehend and follow direction

          • Able to work in varying conditions (i.e., rough terrain, inclement weather)

          • Able to operate basic equipment, machinery and simple tools

          • Possess willingness to learn

          • Demonstrate mechanical aptitude

          • Possess basic knowledge of and background in all Operating departments

          • Includes Sys Ops, Con Ops, & Corrosion

          • Able to communicate well with co-workers, customers and first responders on incidents i.e., Poice and Fire departments

          • Possess experience operating fleet vehicles similar to departmental fleet, that could include a pick-up vehicle (up to 10,000 lbs) and equipment

          • Possess experience working on construction sites

          • Possess good hand/eye coordination

            Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Must be able to physically walk, ascend and descend stairs and ladders, stoop, bend, kneel, enter and exit tap holes, ditches, and/or excavations, and lift and transport weight in excess of 50 pounds. Have a keen sense of smell, hearing, vision and color identification. Required to work in various weather conditions including extreme heat, cold, and precipitation.
            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 in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.
            Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.
            Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit
            Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.
            Job Field: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance
            Job Type: Standard
            Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Glenwood
            Operating Company: Nicor Gas
            Other Locations: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Joliet, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Dekalb, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Bellwood, Illinois-Central Illinois-Bloomington, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Kankakee, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Aurora, Illinois-Central Illinois-Dixon, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Crystal Lake, Illinois-Central Illinois-Ottawa, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Ingleside, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Yorkville, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Rockford, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Des Plaines, Illinois-Central Illinois-Paxton, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Glen Ellyn, Illinois-Central Illinois-Morris, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Freeport, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Elgin, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Crestwood
            Job Type: Standard
            Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time
            Union Covered: Yes
            Work Location(s):
            Glenwood - 19199 Glenwood Chicago Heights Rd. (19199GlenwoodCODE)
            19199 Glenwood Chicago Heights Rd.
            Glenwood, 60425
            Joliet - 3000 East Cass St. (3000JolietCODE)
            3000 East Cass St.
            Joliet, 60432
            Dekalb - 1415 Market St (1415DekalbILCODE)
            1415 Market St
            Dekalb, 60115
            Bellwood - 615 Eastern Ave. (615BellwoodCODE)
            615 Eastern Ave.
            Bellwood, 60104
            Bloomington - 1305 Martin Luther King Dr. (1305BloomingtonCODE)
            1305 Martin Luther King Dr.
            Bloomington, 61701
            Kankakee - 2704 Festival Dr. (2704KankakeeCODE)
            2704 Festival Dr.
            Kankakee, 60901
            Aurora Beverly - 1598 Beverly Ct. (1598AuroraCODE)
            1598 Beverly Ct.
            Aurora, 60502
            Dixon - 421 West 1st St. (421DixonCODE)
            421 West 1st St.
            Dixon, 61021
            300 West Terra Cotta (300CrystalLakeCODE)
            300 West Terra Cotta
            Crystal Lake, 60115
            Ottawa - 1629 Champlain St. (1629OttawaCODE)
            1629 Champlain St.
            Ottawa, 61350
            Ingleside - 1201 East Route 134 (1201InglesideCODE)
            1201 East Route 134
            Yorkville - 259 Commerical Dr. (259YorkvilleCODE)
            259 Commerical Dr.
            Yorkville, 60560
            Rockford - 4651 Linden Rd. (4651RockfordCODE)
            4651 Linden Rd.
            Rockford, 61109
            Des Plaines - 1665 Birchwood Ave. (1665DesPlainesCODE)
            1665 Birchwood Ave.
            Des Plaines, 60018
            Paxton - 300 N Washington St. (300PaxtonCODE)
            300 N Washington St.
            Paxton, 60957
            Glen Ellyn - 90 N Finley Rd. (90GlenEllynCODE)
            90 N Finley Rd.
            Glen Ellyn, 60137
            Morris - 105 East Southmoor Rd. (105MorrisCODE)
            105 East Southmoor Rd.
            Morris, 60450
            Freeport - 216 S Liberty Ave. (216FreeportCODE)
            216 S Liberty Ave.
            Freeport, 61032
            Elgin - 1800 Big Timber Rd. (1800ElginCODE)
            1800 Big Timber Rd.
            Elgin, 60120
            Crestwood - 4829 West 135th St. (4829CrestwoodCODE)
            4829 West 135th St.
            Crestwood, 60436
            Req ID: NGC2000077

Keywords: Southern Company, Joliet , Utility Specialist, Other , Kankakee, Illinois

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