State of Maryland

ASSISTANT CHIEF ENGINEER, PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (#002189)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $57,878.00-$92,930.00 Yearly


GRADE

20

NATURE OF WORK

Assistant Chief Engineer, Public Service Commission is the supervisory level of engineering work in the inspection, testing, investigation and evaluation of physical facilities used by public utility companies in the production and distribution of their products and services. Employees in this classification supervise lower level public service engineers, inspectors and clerical support staff.

Employees receive general supervision from the Chief Engineer, Public Service Commission. The work requires traveling throughout the State to physical facilities of public utility companies where conditions may be noisy, dirty and uncomfortable.

The Assistant Chief Engineer, Public Service Commission is differentiated from the Public Service Engineer III in that the Assistant Chief Engineer, Public Service Commission has full supervisory level of work responsibility for the work of Public Service Engineers. The Assistant Chief Engineer, Public Service Commission is differentiated from the Chief Engineer, Public Service Commission in that the Chief Engineer, Public Service Commission has managerial and programmatic responsible for directing the Statewide inspection, testing, investigation and evaluation of physical facilities used by public utility companies in the production and distribution of products and services.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Supervises and trains public service engineers in the inspection, testing, investigation and evaluation of physical facilities used by public utility companies in the production and distribution of their products and services; Supervises and trains public service engineers in the preparation of testimony, supporting documentation and reports of findings;

Reviews and evaluates engineering reports of inspections, tests, and studies for accuracy and soundness of conclusions; Recommends the revision or creation of rules, regulations, procedures and forms used in conducting engineering inspections, tests, investigations and studies;

Reviews proposed plans of public utility companies for new equipment or construction and prepares reports of recommendations;

Evaluates public utility company facilities and operations and reviews depreciation rates and schedules rate making purposes;Conducts inspections, tests, studies, investigations and evaluations of operations in the production and distribution of products and services provided by public utility companies, such as gas, electricity, water, sewage treatment and disposal, or telecommunications;

Prepare reports of findings and makes recommendations on the accuracy, safety, efficiency and cost of public utility company operations as a result of inspections, investigations, tests, studies and evaluations completed;

Prepares testimony and supporting documentation for administrative hearings held by the Public Service Commission and other regulatory agencies;

Provides sworn testimony in formal Public Service Commission hearings and supports that testimony under cross examination;

Interprets safety codes, standard codes and utility rate tariffs and provides advice, guidance and information regarding engineering and regulation compliance to representatives of public utility companies and customers;

Performs other related duties.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering;

Knowledge of the engineering operations and procedures used by public utility companies;

Knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations of the Maryland Public Service Commission; Skill in conducting inspections, engineering tests and procedures, investigations and evaluations of operations in the production and distribution of products and services provided by public utility companies, such as gas, electricity, water, sewage treatment and disposal, or telecommunications;

Ability to interpret the laws, rules, and regulations of the Maryland Public Service Commission;

Ability to analyze technical data in order to evaluate the safety, economy, efficiency, operational costs of public utility companies;

Ability to identify regulatory issues in the conduct of inspections, engineering tests and procedures, investigations and evaluations of public utility companies;

Ability to prepare reports and make recommendations based on engineering procedures, standards and practices;

Ability to communicate effectively;

Ability to use standard word processing, spreadsheets, data base and communications applications and software; Ability to prepare and present testimony in administrative hearings;

Ability to train, supervise and evaluate the work of public service engineers;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives from public utility companies, employees and the general public.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of engineering work experience for the Maryland Public Service Commission conducting inspections, tests, investigations and evaluations of physical facilities used by public utility companies in the production and distribution of products and services.

Notes:

1.) Two years of professional engineering work experience may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.

2.) Possession of a Master's degree in engineering from an accredited college or university may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Established

Oct 1 1996 12:00AM

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 002189; EST: 10/1/1996; REV: ;

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