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Southern Company Quality Assurance Specialist/Engineer in Newport News, Virginia

Quality Assurance Specialist/Engineer


The purpose of this position is to conduct operational assessments of records and field activities conducted by both company and contractor crews to ensure safety and compliance with Federal and State regulations as well as with company operating and maintenance procedures. Findings from operational assessments are used to drive change in training, policies and procedures.

Functional Expertise:

  • Performs operational assessments, both “live” and “post”, to evaluate field personnel compliance with procedures which are driven by Federal and State regulations as well as industry best practices and company-required requirements

  • Coordinates and conducts annual audit of compliance records in advance of public service commission compliance records audits

  • Conducts special audits of new/revised procedures recently implemented or of newly certified employees

  • Serves as subject matter expert in interpreting procedures and O&M manuals

Business Acumen:

  • Recommends updates/revisions to policies, procedures or O&M manuals based field observations where procedures may not be followed because they are not clear, incorrect or non-existent


  • Prepares assessment report and communicates assessment findings to crews, supervisors and managers

  • Provides guidance to supervisors, field personnel and training personnel on how to interpret policies, procedures and O&M manuals

  • Represents QA department at supervisor roundtables and presents assessment findings for area of assessment responsibility

  • Coaches supervisors on the content of the assessment form and on how to conduct effective assessments

  • Recommends additional training, if deemed necessary, for field personnel based on findings of field assessments

  • Analyzes individual and departmental assessment findings and follows up on poor performance observed in previous assessments

Driving Results:

  • Promotes safe work practices by shutting down job if unsafe situation is encountered during an assessment or if activity affecting the integrity of the pipeline does not meet company standards

Education Requirements:


  • BS in any engineering discipline or other analytical/technical discipline


  • Equivalent academic education and experience

Related Work Experience:


  • Valid drivers license

  • With engineering or technical bachelors degree, 2 years engineering and operations experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy related field

  • Without bachelors degree, 4 years engineering and operations experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy related field


  • 5 years extensive field operations experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy related field

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Thorough understanding of company policies, procedures and O&M manuals

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and managers

  • Ability to effectively communicate assessment findings

  • MS Excel - basic proficiency

  • MS Word - basic proficiency

  • MS PowerPoint - basic proficiency

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional Traveler (5-20% travel): The incumbent will be required to travel on occasion. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

  • This position requires constant standing or walking.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  • This position requires the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

  • The incumbent works in an office and field environment.

  • The incumbent may/will work near or with moving mechanical parts.

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.

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

  • The incumbent may/will be exposed to excessive noise.

Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees in the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

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: Virginia-Coastal Virginia-Newport News

Operating Company: Virginia Natural Gas

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

VNG Newport News - 746 Diligence Drive (746NewportNewsCODE)

746 Diligence Drive

Newport News, 23606

Req ID: GAS2002072

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