Washington State Energy/Utilities Engineer 3 (or Energy/Utilities Engineer 1 or 2 in-training) in Olympia, Washington


Respect. Professionalism. Integrity. Accountability.

Help protect the consumers of Washington state!

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) has an excellent opportunity for an entry or experienced level engineer to join its pipeline safety team - a highly regarded program dedicated to protecting lives and property by ensuring the safe operation of pipelines in Washington.

This position may be filled as an Energy/Utilities Engineer 1 or 2 in-training. The incumbent will advance to the goal class of Engineer/Utilities Engineer 3 after satisfactory completion of the extensive training requirements. The salary for the Energy/Utilities Engineer 1 is $3,700 to $4,857 per month. The salary for the Energy/Utilities Engineer 2 is $4,737 to $6,217 per month.

This recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applicants have applied. It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time after seven calendar days. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice.

About the UTC and Employer Initiatives The UTC regulates the rates, services and practices of private or investor-owned utilities and transportation companies.

The UTC is continually recognized for its excellence and integrity as a utility and transportation regulatory agency, as we challenge the status quo and ourselves.

At the UTC, we recognize that our employees are the key to the agency's success. We are committed to our work, but value the balance with our personal lives. We demonstrate our commitment to employees by providing an environment that stimulates professional growth, continued learning opportunities, offers meaningful work and a comprehensive benefits package. For more information about benefits, please visit http://www.utc.wa.gov/aboutUs/careers/Pages/Working-at-UTC.aspx.

The UTC is a great place to work and has implemented several, and is developing additional, initiatives that create a great working environment, including:

  • We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace with a planned move to Lacey, Washington, which will inspire workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers, and improve building security and employee safety.
  • We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules and mobile and telework options. (Depending on job duties).
  • We have a formal mentoring program to provide and encourage employee growth and development, while also promoting informal mentoring relationships and sharing of knowledge across the commission.
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (six weeks to six months) when returning to work. (Depending on job duties and work location).
  • We have an engaging wellness program which focuses on all nine elements of wellness: spiritual, physical, social, environmental, occupational, emotional, intellectual, nutritional, and financial. The UTC has received the state's Zo8 award the past four years for our achievement in building a sustainable wellness program.
  • We have a comprehensive continuous improvement program focused on using Lean tools and principles to solve problems and continuously improve work processes.
  • We use a structured, data-driven Lean Management System methodology to manage the core work and key initiatives of the commission and provide employees with a clear line of site from their daily work to the agency level key goals, outcomes, and core processes.

For more information about the UTC, see our website www.utc.wa.gov – or visit www.twitter.com/wautc and www.facebook.com/wautc.

What you will be doing:

This position will support the mission of the Safety and Consumer Protection Division and is specifically aimed at enhancing public health and safety through regulatory compliance. This is done primarily by conducting inspections of regulated hazardous liquid and gas pipeline companies to ensure compliance with state and federal pipeline safety rules and regulations. Other duties include: responding to and investigating incidents; providing technical assistance to pipeline operators, local governments, and communities; and improving safety laws and regulations.

What we're looking for:

At the Energy/Utilities Engineer 3 (EUE 3) level: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (mechanical, structural, civil, etc.) from an accredited college program; and three years of work experience in the design, construction, operation, or maintenance of hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline systems. Additional experience may substitute for the degree on a year for year basis. At the Energy/Utilities Engineer 2 (EUE 2) level: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (mechanical, structural, civil, etc.) from an accredited college program; and two years of work experience in the design, construction, operation, or maintenance of hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline systems. Additional experience may substitute for the degree on a year for year basis. At the Energy/Utilities Engineer 1 (EUE 1) level -Bachelor's degree in Engineering (mechanical, structural, civil, etc.). No experience is required; however, regulatory or pipeline safety industry experience may substitute for the degree on a year for year basis.

Analytical Skills - Ability to examine, interpret and organize data from various sources in the identification of essential information and underlying principles or trends; form accurate interpretation and conclusion concerning information and develop appropriate action plan to take in response to those conclusions. In the absence of clear guidelines or information, ability to use judgment and critical thinking to develop appropriate meaning and form conclusions necessary to resolve the problem or issue.

Research Skills- Ability to find where and how to access required data and information and anticipate additional resources; review gathered materials, drawing out and recording relevant information; recognize when additional sources of information should be consulted and when information is suspect, vague, or needs to be supplemented or verified; organize, document, and communicate research results and information in a way that can be understood, interpreted, and acted upon by end-users.

Personal Computer Skills - Possess intermediate skills in the use of software comparable to MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Ability to navigate the internet to find and download information; and use agency unique databases to establish and update information and to extract information for reporting purposes.

Inspection Skills- Ability to use critical observation skills to inspect equipment, facilities, programs, records or operations of pipeline companies; use analytical skills to identify factors affecting or contributing to issues of noncompliance; recognize trends and forecast anticipated problems, hazards, and issues that have not yet surfaced; identify and determine specific safety improvement recommendations or requirements at the site location.

Knowledge of Relevant Laws and Regulations (EUE 2 and 3) - Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of federal and state pipeline safety laws, rules and regulations and the ability to explain and enforce these rules and regulations.

Knowledge of Pipeline Operations and Systems (EUE 2 and 3) - Demonstrates understanding of varied pipeline operations and systems, construction practices and engineering specifications, and compliance issues associated with pipeline operations and systems and sound engineering principles.

Required agency core competencies:

Customer Focus - Responsive to both internal and external customers. Works with customer to identify needs; assumes responsibility for own role in meeting those needs. Ensures commitments to customers are met. Receptive to customer feedback. Adaptability/Flexibility- Open to new ideas. Responds constructively to change and stressful situations. In consultation with supervisor, adjusts plans to meet changing needs. Self-Development - Demonstrates proactive learning. Keeps knowledge and skills up-to-date. Solicits and accepts constructive feedback. Seeks developmental assignments to improve skills. Turns challenges into learning opportunities. Communication Skills - Demonstrates communication skills (reading comprehension, writing, listening, speaking) appropriate to the position. Shows respect and courtesy in interpersonal communications. Results Focus - Accepts personal accountability for individual results or share of team results. Manages workload and interpersonal relationships to achieve results: prioritizes tasks appropriately, overcomes obstacles, works with others as necessary, and meets deadlines and quality standards.

Conditions of Employment:

This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees. The incumbent is required to pay union dues or other representation fees within the first 30 days of employment.

Conflict of Interest: RCW 80.01.020 limits the commission's ability to employ any person who owns stock in any company the commission regulates or is otherwise financially interested in such company. Such interests include those of an employee's spouse.

The incumbent must attend and successfully complete all federal Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration training and certifications within three years of completing the first (initial) course. Must maintain HAZWOPPER and annual refresher certification.

Incumbent must possess a valid driver's license.

Working Conditions:

Schedule: This is a full-time position. Work schedule is normally five 8-hour, or four 10-hour work weeks; however, the incumbent must be willing to work days or hours outside of their approved schedule as required to meet business needs. When qualified, the incumbent must be willing to perform on-call duty on a rotational basis that requires availability and response to incidents communicated by telephone or IPhone 24 hours a day, one week at a time. Equipment: Field duties require incumbent to wear protective/safety clothing and equipment (which may include hearing protection, eye protection, protective coveralls, hard hat, and safety shoes). Work setting: Work is performed primarily in the field, at various locations throughout the state in all weather conditions. On occasion, work is performed under hazardous conditions, including, but not limited to, construction sites, hazardous liquid spills, and gas leaks. Travel: Incumbent will spend about 50% of work time traveling during and outside normal work hours, including periodic scheduled travel throughout the U.S. that involves overnight stays to attend training, conferences, and/or meetings. Work also includes frequent in-state travel (including remote locations) that may include overnight stays as required. Physical activity: Incumbent will perform duties that require him or her to perform physical tasks including, but not limited to, climbing in excavations, climbing ladders to inspect construction and tank facilities. Incumbent may be exposed to loud noises.

Application Process:

Jobs advertised as Open Continuous may be closed without notice. It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.

Read the instructions below carefully before following the "Apply" link above.

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their application to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interestexplaining how you meet the qualifications for the level you are applying (EUE 3, 2, or 1);
  • A current resume detailing experience and education;
  • A list of three professional references with current telephone numbers, including your current or most recent supervisor (or you may include this information in the Reference section of your application). A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.


  • Carefully review your application and other documents requested (e.g., cover letter and resume) for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.
  • The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov; completeness of your resume, cover letter, and any other materials submitted as part of the application process; and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.

Only complete applications will be considered.*All information may be verified and documentation may be required.*You may be disqualified if your education and/or work experience does not include information used to meet the minimum qualifications of the job.

Visit these links to learn more about: the state of Washington http://access.wa.gov, the Olympia area www.co.thurston.wa.us or www.Olympiawa.gov

The Utilities and Transportation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact Susan Holman at susan.holman@utc.wa.gov or (360) 664-1243. Our statewide toll free TTY number is 1-800-416-5289.

Salary: $5,493.00 - $7,209.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Utilities and Transportation Commission

Job Number: 2018-03679

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov