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Southern Company Engineer - Dam Safety in Atlanta, Georgia

Engineer - Dam Safety


Engineer, Dam Safety (Hydro Services – Southern Company Generation)

This position will serve as part of a multi-disciplinary team supporting Southern Company’s electric generating plants. This position is responsible for dam safety for Georgia Power hydroelectric projects. This work will include these activities:

  • Conduct periodic dam safety inspections of soil, concrete, and steel structures.

  • Monitor dam safety instrumentation such as piezometers, weirs, wells, and deformation monuments, and interpret the information.

  • Track compliance with plant operating licenses, inspection recommendations, and other compliance issues.

  • Interface with federal dam safety officials.

  • Prepare dam monitoring status reports for FERC.

  • Prepare engineering calculations of dam stability required to demonstrate compliance with FERC dam safety guidelines.

  • Conduct or coordinate analyses, designs, specifications, and requests for proposals.

  • Ensure the accomplishment of any needed repairs

  • Coordinate and interface with independent dam safety consultants for the performance of FERC five-year inspection reports.

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 and Surveillance Supervisor in the Southern Company Generation Hydro Services group in Atlanta.



  • Master's or Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering is required


  • At least five years of experience in civil engineering is required.

  • At least one year of experience interfacing with government regulators or other governmental entities is preferred.

  • Minimum of two years of experience working with dams (design, construction, inspection, analyses) is preferred.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • An understanding of the basic principles of structures, soil mechanics, and hydraulics is required.

  • The proven ability to develop an excellent working relationship 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.

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

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

  • Skill with AutoCAD and PowerPoint is preferred.

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

  • The proven ability to work harmoniously with multi-disciplinary teams is preferred.

  • Leadership skills preferred

Other Requirements:

  • Extensive travel in Georgia including some overnight travel is required.

  • Extensive walking up and down earthen slopes and stairs is required


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

  • Self directed, self motivated

  • 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 or reports that 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.

A partial relocation subsidy may be made available at the discretion of the hiring manager*

Subject to the Georgia Power Company Smoke Free Workplace Policy: You must be free from all tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, patch and/or gum), at least six months prior to applying for this position

Georgia Power is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.25 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Company, Georgia Power, has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America-s premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national 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 utilities 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: SCS2009371

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