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Southern Company Engineer - Dam Safety (SCG Hydro Services – Atlanta, GA) in Atlanta, Georgia

Engineer - Dam Safety (SCG Hydro Services – Atlanta, GA)


Engineer, Dam Safety

SCG Hydro Services – Atlanta, GA

This position will be filled at an exempt Level 4-6 depending upon the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the successful candidate.

This position will serve as part of a multi-disciplinary team supporting Southern Company’s dam safety program for Georgia Power hydroelectric generating plants. On occasion it may be required to assist in the inspection of storage ponds, ash ponds and other related dams at fossil plants and interaction with the Fossil Dam Safety Group in Birmingham, Alabama. The dam safety related activities include:

  • Conduct regularly scheduled dam safety field inspections of soil, concrete, and steel structures associated with the dams and appurtenant structures.

  • Monitor and plot dam safety instrumentation data such as piezometers, weirs, drains, and deformation monuments, and review and interpret the data.

  • Track compliance with plant operating licenses associated with dam safety and inspection recommendations and other compliance issues.

  • Interface with federal and state dam safety officials.

  • Become familiar with and implement the requirements of the Southern Company Generation “Safety Procedure for Dams and Dikes at Hydroelectric Generation Plants” .

  • Become familiar with and implement the requirements of the Southern Company Generation “Dam Safety Program for FERC Licensed Projects”.

  • Become familiar with and implement the requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Engineering Guidelines and Title18 CFR, Chapter 1, Subchapter B, Part 12 - Safety of Water Power Projects and Project Works (Subparts A through E) as they pertain to the company’s dam hydroelectric projects.

  • Prepare annual dam safety monitoring status reports for the FERC.

  • Review engineering calculations of dam stability and hydrologic/hydraulics that are required to demonstrate compliance with the FERC dam safety Engineering Guidelines.

  • Prepare, coordinate and review engineering analyses, designs, specifications, and requests for proposals as applicable.

  • Assist the generating plants with oversight of any needed repairs at the dams associated with recommendations resulting from internal and external dam safety inspections.

  • Coordinate and interface with independent dam safety consultants for the performance of FERC-mandated five-year inspection reports (Part 12D).

  • Coordinate and interface with external dam safety consultants for the performance of technical investigations and analyses as required.

  • Interface with external specialty contractors and engineering consultants for regularly scheduled spillway gate inspections and underwater inspections at regularly scheduled intervals (typically preceding the Part 12D inspection).

  • Perform detailed review of engineering reports prepared by external consultants and contractors.

  • Actively participate in internal and external assessments and audits of the company’s dam safety program.

  • Participate in meetings and conference calls related to dam safety issues.

  • Participate in Alabama Power dam safety inspections with our counterpart Hydro Services group in Birmingham, Alabama.

Other duties assigned may include assisting with hydro plant relicensing efforts, hydrology studies, hydraulics studies, slope stability analyses, seepage analyses, contract management, etc. depending on the needs of the subject facilities.

This position reports to the Dam Safety Supervisor in the Southern Company Generation Hydro Services group in Atlanta.



  • At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering is required.


  • At least five (5) years of direct experience in the civil engineering field is required.

  • At least one (1) year of experience interfacing with government regulators or other governmental agencies is preferred.

  • One to two (1-2) years of experience working with dams (design, construction, inspection, analyses) is required.

  • Experience in writing technical reports, letters and field inspection reports.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic understanding of the principles of concrete structures, soil mechanics, and hydraulics is required.

  • Proven ability to develop excellent working relationships with clients is required.

  • Strong observational skills are required.

  • Strong organizational skills are required.

  • Strong written communication skills are required. The successful candidate must have the ability to produce coherent documents that will withstand regulatory scrutiny.

  • Strong oral communication skills are required. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively and to work constructively with other groups within Southern Company and with outside agencies and consultants.

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, are required.

  • The ability to read and interpret engineering drawings is required.

  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with government regulators is required.

  • The proven ability to be a self-starter and to work harmoniously with multi-disciplinary teams is required.

  • Leadership skills and enthusiastic attitude towards professional development are encouraged.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Carry out all job requirements with strict adherence to Southern Company safety policies and procedures.

  • Travel is required within Georgia (about 20-30% of the time), including some overnight travel, for site and dam safety field inspections and meetings at Georgia Power hydro dams and occasionally at GPC fossil plants dams, as needed.

  • This position requires extensive walking along dams, including up and down earthen slopes and climbing up and down stairs and ladders at the hydro dams and powerhouses. This position may require safely accessing narrow concrete trenches, steep slopes, drainage galleries, spillways, and other difficult access areas to perform inspections.

  • Occasional use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and safety harness/fall arrest will be required depending on field inspection requirements.

  • Routine dam safety field inspections and site visits would be approximately 20 to 30 percent of the job function. The frequency of these field inspections may increase for attending to unusual dam safety issues as they arise or when a dam safety construction projects underway.

  • Office work is related to letter and report writing, preparation and review of engineering analyses, dam safety instrumentation data review, responding to plant inquiries for dam safety issues, interaction with regulatory agencies as noted in the Job Summary above.


  • Demonstrates Southern Company’s “Our Values” (Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, Total Commitment).

  • Self-starter, self-motivated.

  • Ability to work independently on assigned projects under the overall direction of both the Hydro Services Dam Safety Principal Engineer and Supervisor.

  • Diplomatic.

  • Organized.

  • Strong customer focus.

  • Team player.

  • Strong work ethic.

  • Attention to details, accuracy and follow-up.


The following information will be requested of individuals selected for an interview:

  • A report you have authored. (These may be redacted to obscure the client’s name and other identifying information if necessary.)

  • A listing of any conference papers that you have presented.

  • A listing of national or state professional organizations to which you belong and any leadership positions that you have held in them.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

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: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

Req ID: SCS2008609

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