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Southern Company Utility Specialist in Carthage, Illinois

Utility Specialist



Job Summary

We are looking for an energetic and career oriented individual to join our System Operations team. The Utility Specialist position is an entry level position with advancement opportunities for motivated individuals who perform successfully. Work is predominantly outdoors and in all weather conditions.

The individuals must be able to travel. The individual must be able to drive safely, work extended hours; travel 5% of the time, and wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment. This position may be in various locations throughout the Nicor Gas service territory.

This position is a DOT (Department of Transportation) covered classification and is subject to random drug and/or alcohol screening.

Job Responsibilities

General Duties:

  • Must be able to read and comply with all required company standards and procedures.

  • Must work in a team environment.

  • Hand excavate in an ergonomically safe manner.

  • Load and unload equipment, material, job site debris and maintain housekeeping according to Nicor’s safety standards and procedures.

  • Maintain tools and equipment.

  • Drive company vehicles, valid driver’s license.

  • Install meter devices, piping and materials.

  • Read correctly a 4 – 5 dial gas meters.

  • Correctly enter the information into minicomputer with numbered key board.

  • Hand dig - spade or shovel.

  • Use of small hand tools.

  • Locate company facilities.

  • Perform inside and outside Leak Surveys of customers premises.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Must possess a High School diploma or GED.

  • Must be able to wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Ability to work extended hours to include nights, weekends and holidays when required.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class D Illinois Driver's License or equivalent from surrounding states.

  • Ability to work in all types of weather extremes.

  • Ability to drive safely in all weather and road conditions.

  • Vision - ability to see, observe, and perform work on company meters and equipment.

  • Work in bending, squatting, crouching, kneeling body position.

  • Ability to lift and transport 40-50 lbs. material.

  • Work overhead.

  • Walk 4 to 6 hours a day, walk on uneven terrain, climb, pull and push.

  • Ability to communicate over company radio and telephone with customers.

  • Hand/eye coordination.

  • Distinguish gas odor, smell.

  • Open and close gates and doors using keys.

  • Climb up and down stairs.

  • Operate a keyboard and transport it (3 lbs.).

  • Work in all types of weather.

Desired Qualifications

Previous experience in construction such as Underground Utility, Trenching Equipment, Welding, Carpentry, Plumbing, Pipefitting, Farm Ranch Hand and/or Landscaping.

Knowledge of Pipeline Coding

Previous Military experience.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally 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 energy companies 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: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Central Illinois-Carthage

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Job Type: Standard

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

Union Covered: Yes

Work Location(s):

Carthage - 1375 Buchanan St. (1375CarthageCODE)

1375 Buchanan St.

Carthage, 62321

Req ID: GAS2002115

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