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Utility Engineer Analyst

Date Posted:  Nov 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  411429
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. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

 

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 salary for this position traditionally starts at $52,100.00 per year but may be commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

This position will assist the OUCC in its mission to represent public 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 review 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:

  • Develops skilled, technical opinions through analyses of all relevant utility applications, petitions, testimony, schedules, and exhibits.
  • Evaluates existing utility operations and related infrastructure for adequacy, reliability, and regulatory compliance, including O&M practices to ensure ongoing, timely, and cost-effective operations.
  • Participates in the appraisal, evaluation, and depreciation studies of utility properties and engineering cost studies to evaluate compliance with ratemaking principles.
  • Analyzes utility’s infrastructure improvement proposals for adequacy, cost reasonableness, risk, and prudence. Reviews the utility’s managerial and technical performance, and provides recommendations for approval, modification, or denial by analyzing construction, maintenance, and operating cost data.
  • Gathers 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.
  • Utilizes computer models and engineering applications to analyze information regarding various aspects of utility operations to be used in policy-making, rate cases, staff training, or long-range resource planning by coordinating all the data gathered and applying acceptable analytical techniques.
  • Reviews engineering data contained in petitions and service modification requests to determine compliance with engineering standards and federal and state regulations to make recommendations on the adequacy of service by reading the available data and applying the appropriate evaluation criteria.
  • Prepares high-quality, persuasive testimony and exhibits to support OUCC case positions and make recommendations.
  • Serves as case team leader and a significant contributor — responsible for addressing multiple issues.
  • Conducts research projects concerning public utility regulation issues by determining objectives, collecting and analyzing data, forming conclusions based on research and analysis, and summarizing and documenting results.
  • Consistently provides strong, credible, articulate oral testimony under cross-examination on behalf of the OUCC before the IURC.
  • Assists other OUCC staff with projects while maintaining a regular personal workload.
  • Anticipates problems and develops alternatives in advance.
  • Takes appropriate decisive action to achieve agency and division goals and objectives.
  • Works with multi-disciplinary project teams that include attorneys, economists, accountants, engineers, and other specialists.
  • Proactively maintains the required level of professional knowledge through timely review of modifications to principles, standards, federal and state laws, and legal decisions.
  • Possesses the ability to perform duties confidentially and professionally.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or engineering technology.
  • Knowledge of and experience with rules and guidelines pertaining to the gas utility industry including gas distribution and transmission systems.
  • 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 products 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:

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) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access

     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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