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Utility Analyst II - Engineer

Date Posted:  Jun 20, 2022
Requisition ID:  368241
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

 

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

 

About the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC): 

The OUCC’s mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education and creative problem solving.  For more information about the OUCC, visit the website at www.in.gov/oucc, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/IndianaOUCC, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IndianaOUCC.    

 

Salary: 

The starting salary for this position typically starts at $52,100, but is commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

This position will assist as an OUCC advocate for utility customers in matters before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (“IURC”) by applying engineering and operations principles, practices, and standards in planning, overseeing, and performing reviews of utility infrastructure, capital improvement plans, asset management, preliminary engineering reports, designs and operational and maintenance (“O&M”) practices of electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater utilities.

OUCC staff engineers conduct analyses and draft testimony regarding the reasonableness of utility: capital plans and cost recovery mechanisms for capital expenditures; construction budgets and system performance relative to rate base increases; and justification of tracker mechanisms and other proposals to fund utility plant replacement or new construction. The selected candidate will plan and perform a review of utility books and records, plant, equipment, filed testimony, and other information.


The position works as a professional for the Division and Agency. Duties are performed with limited to moderate supervision and require self-motivation, discipline, and initiative. The individual is expected to serve primarily as a skilled technical witness in utility rate-making, matters of public policy, and acceptable operational standards.

A Day in the Life:

  • Develop skilled, technical opinions through analyses of all relevant utility applications, petitions, testimony, schedules, and exhibits.
  • Evaluate existing utility’s operations and related infrastructure for adequacy, reliability and regulatory compliance, including O&M practices to ensure ongoing, timely and cost-effective operations.
  • Analyze utility’s infrastructure improvement proposals for adequacy, cost reasonableness, risk and prudency.
  • Review the utility’s managerial and technical performance.
  • Gather information through written data requests, onsite inspections, and other research methods, as necessary, to build case foundations, contribute to case development and strategy, and develop conclusions.
  • Prepare high-quality, persuasive testimony and exhibits to support OUCC case positions and make recommendations.
  • Serve as case team leader, and a significant contributor responsible for addressing multiple issues.
  • Consistently provide strong, credible, articulate oral testimony under cross-examination on behalf of the OUCC before the IURC.
  • Assist other OUCC staff with projects will maintaining regular personal workload.
  • Anticipate problems and develop alternatives in advance.
  • Take appropriate decisive action to achieve agency and division goals and objectives.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary project teams that include attorneys, economists, accountants, engineers and other specialists.
  • Proactively maintain required level of professional knowledge through timely review of modifications to principles, standards, federal and state laws, and legal decisions.
  • Ability to perform duties in a confidential and professional manner.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minimum of two years agency or industry experience.
  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or Professional Engineer certification is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience with rules and guidelines pertaining to the Utility Analyst’s assigned Division:
    • U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) rules and guidelines as they pertain to natural gas distribution and transmission pipelines.
    • USEPA and State of Indiana (IDEM) Water Quality (Wastewater) Standards and Drinking Water Standards
  • Ability to make objective and well-reasoned recommendations.
  • Possess: strong written and verbal skills; the ability to work independently and in teams to meet deadlines; and the ability to produce work product in a well-organized manner.
  • Extensive computer skills in Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to work on and/or manage multiple cases simultaneously.
  • Ability to summarize and communicate complex technical issues.
  • Able to work under stressful situations and occasionally adversarial conditions, such as cross-examination and short timelines.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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