Do you have the desire to make a difference on a new and dynamic team?
If so, we have the opportunity for you!
At the State of Connecticut
, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP
), we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment; and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA
) is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned electric, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state's cable television companies. Ensuring affordable and reliable service from these sectors is critical to maintaining public health and safety and a thriving economy in the state of Connecticut.
PURA is statutorily charged with regulating many aspects of Connecticut's utility sector, including but not limited to:
- Ensuring the prudence of electric system modernization, natural gas system expansion and water system infrastructure investments.;
- Reviewing mergers and acquisitions in all the above regulated sectors;
- Conducting periodic utility rate cases;
- Overseeing service quality, safety and investment for the state's telecommunication infrastructure;
- Implementing federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety.
PURA currently has an opening to join our new and exciting team focused on the regulation and oversight of utility programs and initiatives as a Public Utilities Engineer 3. This position will be conveniently located in central Connecticut at Ten Franklin Square in New Britain, CT. This position will be 35 hours per week.
This position will be responsible for performing the most complex assignments within the Reliability, Security and Resilience Unit, and will be expected to perform work across multiple sectors, including electric, gas, water, cable and telecommunications. The person in this role may be expected to lead other technical staff in the context of specific projects or proceedings.
The selected candidate will play a crucial role on upcoming assignments including investigations into the utilities' preparation for and response to major storm events; a deep dive into the distribution interconnection procedures employed by the electric utilities; and inspections and audits into the reliability, resilience and security programs of regulated gas, electric and water utilities.
We offer a competitive benefits package
including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan, and a multitude of other benefits!
Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.
During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.
Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut. Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity.
This recruitment may be used for future vacancies as they occur.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Tyler Cashman at Tyler.Cashman@ct.gov
Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact DEEP Human Resources at DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov
or (860) 424-3006.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the highest level, most complex engineering studies and investigations of equipment, plants, operations, quality/adequacy of customer service, and records and accounts of public utility companies, specializing in an engineering capacity in one of the following areas: electric, nuclear, gas, water/sewer or telecommunications.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Examples of duties specific to this position include:
- Maintain principal responsibility for the highest level of utility engineering studies and analyses;
- Maintain rules and standards of equipment and service for electric, nuclear, gas, water/sewer and telecommunication companies;
- Draft evidentiary work, decisions, and other agency documents;
- Provide staff training and assistance;
- Act as a liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staffs and other outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures;
- Participate in discussions with commissioners/staff/legal on a variety of procedural/substantive issues pertaining to engineering matters;
- Recommend reports and correspondence;
- Assist in conducting performance evaluations;
- Participate in or facilitate storm preparation and/or other PURA emergency management activity;
- For a full list of responsibilities in this job class, please click here.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations; considerable knowledge of basic engineering principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of standard equipment, operating methods and practices of electric, nuclear, gas, water/sewer and telecommunication companies; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of governmental regulation of public utilities; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize computer software; ability to prepare technical reports; some lead ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of experience as an engineer in the field of electrical, nuclear, gas, telecommunications or water.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
The preceding experience must have included two (2) years in one of the following areas:
A. Utility company operations experience, such as:
ELECTRICAL: Field service, distribution, transmission, engineering, codes and standards, or regulation;
NUCLEAR: Power plant operations, prudence investigations, licensing, nuclear event analysis, engineering, decomissioning cost review and regulation.
GAS: Field service, distribution, transmission, engineering, codes and standards, or regulation;
TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Head-end technical operations, central office operations, distribution, engineering, codes and standards, or regulation;
WATER/SEWER: Design, construction, distribution, engineering, or regulation.
B. Management audit of the respective utility operations described in (A).
C. Utility company regulation.
D. Experience totaling one (1) year in at least two of the following areas:
Preparation of depreciation studies, or technical critiquing and report writing on such studies.
Preparation of detailed cost of service studies, or technical critiquing and report writing on such studies.
Preparation of studies of appropriate installations, including determination of required capital improvements and report writing, or technical critiquing and report writing on such studies. Appropriate installations are:
-NUCLEAR: Nuclear power plants and facilities
-GAS: Pressure piping
-TELECOMMUNICATIONS: CATV or telephone systems
-WATER/SEWER: Water utility system design
Development of engineering safety codes or recommended practices for appropriate installations, or development of operating procedures to comply with such codes or practices.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in engineering may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in engineering may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Public Utilities Engineer 2 may be substituted for the General and Special Experience
The preferred candidate will possess:
- Experience working with governmental regulation of public utilities principles and practices;
- Experience with standard equipment, operating methods and practices of providing electric distribution, generation and transmission services;
- Considerable knowledge and experience working on grid modernization, clean and renewable energy, cybersecurity, and/or reliability and resilience programs;
- Experience working with relevant agency policies and procedures;
- Experience applying management principles and techniques;
- Experience interacting with and explaining information to multiple departments, agencies, and other outside officials through phone, email and face-to-face contact;
- Experience managing multiple projects, identifying problems and making a decision independently;
- Experience with data analysis and database management;
- Experience working in Microsoft Office 365 applications, including SharePoint and Teams.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.