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Southern Company Project Engineer - Intermediate in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Project Engineer - Intermediate


Job Summary:

This position is an exciting opportunity for engineers who enjoy the challenges and responsibilities of overseeing and supporting the construction of natural gas transmission and distribution facilities.  The right candidate must be a self-starter and able to make sound decisions. Incumbents in this role provide project-level technical support and administer external resources who construct gas utility infrastructure, while delivering on financial and operating objectives.  The Project Engineer promotes quality and safety expectations and ensures that those standards are met within a functional area.

Functional Expertise:

  • Support the development of technical procedures, projects, and engineering designs related to natural gas pipelines, regulator stations and associated appurtenances by interacting with staff and performing quality reviews to ensure designs meet PHMSA, State, and Company standards

  • Makes decisions in the field and coordinates with internal and/or external service providers and support departments (Engineering, System Operations, System Planning, Integrity Management and Material Standards) to ensure that work is performed as planned and in accordance with applicable codes and standards

  • Inspects Construction (safety, compliance, quality, materials, locates and restoration)

  • Reviews and approves reports, field changes, material requests, and as-built records to ensure compliance and company standards and policies.

  • Develops commissioning/retirement operating routines

  • Updates as necessary, Management, Engineering and other applicable stakeholders on project progress

Business Acumen:

  • Support the design of engineering solutions that provide the most efficient and cost-effective long-term solutions for ongoing issues with the Company’s natural gas system

  • Ensure that applicable requirements and standards for reporting are followed

  • Assure compliance with Company policies & procedures

  • Identify and properly manage project risk


  • Collaborate with Construction Operations, System Operations, Engineering, GIS and Asset Data Services, System Integrity and System Planning leaders to produce effective solutions and designs

  • Attend regular department and project meetings

  • Influences external contractors who represent the company by shadowing corporate values.

  • Track project metrics to identify project risks

Driving Results:

  • Establishes and monitors work goals and objectives. Measures performance and sets safety, quality and productivity metrics .

  • Creates and/or implements improved processes and techniques to enhance operating environments.

  • Establishes and monitors work goals and objectives. Measures performance and sets safety, quality and productivity metrics .

  • Creates and/or implements improved processes and techniques to enhance operating environments.

  • Establishes and monitors work goals and objectives. Measures performance and sets safety, quality and productivity metrics .

  • Creates and/or implements improved processes and techniques to enhance operating environments.


Intermediate Project Engineer:

Education and Experience:


• BA/BS in Engineering or Engineering Technology (Mechanical, Civil or similar)

• 2-4 years of progressive Engineering experience


Equivalent academic education and experience


• Project Management

• Ability to communicate with all levels in the organization

• Ability to influence and persuade in decision making

• Computer Assisted Design/Geographic Information System - intermediate proficiency

• MS Office - advanced proficiency


• Preferred: Engineer in Training (EIT) or Project Management Professional (PMP)

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

• The incumbent will be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

• The incumbent will be exposed to construction related activities including walking of construction sites

• This position occasionally requires prolonged standing or walking.

• This position occasionally requires the incumbent to reach above shoulder-level.

• This position occasionally requires the incumbent to climb in/out of excavations, kneel, bend, and climb ladders to inspect pipeline construction activity.

• This position requires the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

• Local travel with occasional overnight travel

• Keyboarding

• The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals and provided proper PPE.

• The incumbent may be exposed to excessive noise and provided proper PPE.

• This position requires the use of a Company vehicle.

After hours duty supervision required.

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: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Glen Ellyn

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Other Locations: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Joliet

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

Glen Ellyn - 90 N Finley Rd. (90GlenEllynCODE)

90 N Finley Rd.

Glen Ellyn, 60137

Joliet - 3000 East Cass St. (3000JolietCODE)

3000 East Cass St.

Joliet, 60432

Req ID: GAS2003625

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