• Lead Construction Specialist

    Job Location US-AZ-Phoenix
    Posting Date 4 weeks ago(4 weeks ago)
    # of Openings
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    Central Arizona
  • Position Information

    *** Posting is ONLY for Central Arizona Division***
    The Lead Construction Specialist provides labor and advanced skills; trains and directs/coordinates assigned personnel in the installation, inspection and maintenance of natural gas distribution and/or transmission facilities, in accordance with Company construction, safety and emergency procedures.  Required to respond to emergencies and implement Incident Command System (ICS).
    This position is regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) under Title 49 CFR Part 382 and Part 40.  Any applicant/employee who performs a DOT covered function or is licensed and would operate a commercial vehicle for the Company will be subject to drug and alcohol testing under the Company’s DOT drug and alcohol testing programs.  Any employment, transfer, or promotion offer made for this position is contingent upon taking and passing a drug test prior to the commencement of the new role.  If an applicant/employee fails the drug test, any offer of employment, transfer, or promotion will be revoked.


    • Support the Energy Solutions function of developing project-related relationships while facilitating the new business process, satisfying Tariff and contractual requirements.

    • Excavate and backfill trenches, cut and thread pipe, apply various coatings on steel pipe and fittings, thermite weld, read and interpret company maps, construction drawings, join plastic pipe and fittings using heat fusion, mechanical or solvent cement methods
    • Operate and maintain low pressure control equipment as required
    • Ability to quickly analyze and make critical decisions related to the installation or maintenance of subsurface and above-ground facilities by contractor
    • Assist supervisor(s) in the timely review, reconciliation and processing of as-built and billing documentation submitted by contractor
    • Meet and maintain acceptable levels of quality and quantity of work as required
    • Read and understand complex design drawings and as-builts for high pressure distribution and transmission facilities
    • Maintain knowledge of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) processes and requirements
    • Perform duties in a manner that is in compliance with Company, local, state and federal regulations, safety and emergency practices and procedures
    • Ability to quickly analyze and make critical decisions related to incident response management and work under the Incident Command System (ICS) structure as required
    • Successfully complete on-going extensive operator qualification training, and maintain required proficiencies
    • Use and maintain protective safety equipment including, but not limited to self contained breathing devices, flash suits, harnesses and life lines as required
    • Operate, clean and maintain assigned vehicles, equipment, tools, and material and complete required documentation
    • Operate and maintain leakage detection equipment and conduct leakage surveys as required
    • Operate and maintain pipe and cable locating equipment and locate and mark underground facilities as required
    • Operate large vehicles and equipment such as, but not limited to, crew trucks, backhoes, trenchers, loaders and boom trucks based on division requirements
    • Operate, repair and maintain power and pneumatic/hydraulic equipment including but not limited to generators, pumps, jackhammers, tampers, boring tools as required
    • Oversight of preventive maintenance program for all construction related tools and equipment as required
    • Direct and train others in all phases of natural gas distribution construction and maintenance procedures
    • Assist supervisor(s) in coordination of Company and contractor resources necessary to complete work in a timely manner
    • Maintain working technical proficiency of lower classifications in the Construction job family
    • Promote a positive and productive working relationship with management, other SWG department and outside agencies
    • Perform quality control inspection of contracted construction activity to ensure compliance with Company, state and federal regulations
    • Conduct a full range of quality control inspections for gas distribution and transmission work, including line locating, leak survey, shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding as required by Company, state and federal regulations
    • Maintain knowledge of general welding processes and safety requirement, shielded metal arc (SMAW) and/or gas metal arc (GMAW) welding procedures
    • Complete written and electronic Company forms and records in neat, legible, accurate and timely manner
    • Operate and have proficient knowledge of computer based software programs
    • Perform work as required by new technology to include equipment, procedures and methods
    • Assist Engineering with coordination and design of future and existing projects
    • Perform other duties as assigned with appropriate training
    • Regular and predictable attendance is a condition of employment and is an essential function of the job



    • Meet and maintain the strenuous physical requirements of the position.
    • Must be able to be on-call.
    • Must be able to be contacted and respond for emergency duty.
    • Must respond to base location or emergency site within one hour or as division operational needs dictate, subject to Division VP approval.
    • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and/or other special licenses/certifications. Must be able to meet requirements to acquire and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License based on division requirements.
    • Must be available to perform shift work, staggered workweek, including recognized holidays.
    • Must be available to work overtime.
    • Must be able to wear a complete company-issued uniform.
    • Must be able to wear and use all personal protective safety equipment as operating conditions dictate.
    • Must be able to work in another location, district, or department.
    • Must be able to work outdoors, exposed to extremes in temperatures and conditions.
    • May be exposed to natural gas during the course of work.
    • Must successfully complete all classroom and hands-on training as required.
    • Must comply with Company rules of general conduct, Company policies and procedures.
    • Must be able to use a computer.

    Minimum Qualifications

    This position requires a minimum of two years experience as a Construction Technician or Construction Inspector or equivalent. This position must possess mechanical and physical aptitude, as required, to perform assigned duties. This positon must have the ability to perform all activities associated with the position responsibilities and meet all special requirements.


    This position must have knowledge of Company policies and standard practices, forms and records, Company construction procedures; safety and emergency procedures and practices; construction tools and equipment; natural gas pipe installation and maintenance; operation of line locating equipment and locating procedures; operation of leakage detection equipment and leakage survey procedures; plastic pipe joining techniques; pressure control equipment and procedures; scheduling and organizing of assigned work; effective utilization of available resources; leadership and training methods.


    Employees must pass all written tests and/or hands-on training, or simulations as required for this job classification; this includes all the covered task modules for Operator Qualification. Employees must qualify in all covered tasks in their classification and satisfy all applicable requirements under State and Federal law.


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