Engineer, I, II or III - Design (Transmission)

Naperville, IL

Description - External

The Engineer Design position for Nicor Gas assists in the planning, design, and development of technical standards for gas distribution and transmission infrastructure projects. The right candidate must be a self-starter, excellent communicator, critical thinker and able to make sound decisions.

Natural Gas is an essential part of America’s Energy mix and a trusted energy source for more than 70 million homes and businesses. This position is an exciting opportunity for persons who enjoy the challenges of supporting the construction of natural gas facilities.

Please note, this position is posted as a job family and may be filled at either the Engineer, I (Level 3), Engineer, II (Level 4) or Engineer, III (Level 5). People who demonstrate advanced skills in terms of work experience, education and certifications may be eligible for the advanced grade.

As our Engineer in the design group, a typical day might include:

  • Design - Performs engineering assignments involved in the design of components, features or functionality of pipeline products and operations.

  • Compliance - Conducts audits/reviews and tests to ensure compliance with government/industry regulations and standards.

  • Systems - Performs engineering assignments involving gas operations, system modeling and system design.

  • Project - Performs engineering assignments as part of a work team involved in planning, organizing, developing, and managing complex projects.

  • Mechanical/Maintenance - Performs engineering tasks involved in the planning and design of mechanical equipment and components and associated tasks involving maintenance of mechanical equipment.

  • Hydraulic analysis- Perform system balances to determine best overall solution to solve system issues or identify system low points and methods to best solve them.

More senior positions require the following disciplines:

  • Initiate project statement to get consensus on scope, deliverables, timetable, and budget.

  • Collect and Evaluate data required to perform engineering and design work on natural gas projects/requests (pipelines, meter & regulator stations, and gas plant facilities (gas storage, compression and vehicle fueling stations).

  • Work independently or as part of a team to develop options, propose solutions, and complete tasks.

  • Provide oversight and support for construction activities.

  • Develop and comply with gas transmission facility standards and processes for asset development.

  • Manage outside engineering services to ensure project goals are met

This might be the job for you if:

  • You have a high level of interpersonal skills, with the ability to leverage internal and external stakeholders to efficiently accomplish tasks and resolve issues

  • You have the ability and initiative and to work in a self-guided manner and collaboratively

  • You have a customer focused critical thinking mindset with a demonstrated ability to learn and become proficient in proposing solutions and completing tasks.

  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills

  • You have the ability to work across a matrix organization structure with horizontal and vertical teams

What you'll bring (Depending on Level):



  • BA/BS in Engineering (Mechanical, Civil or General)

  • 1-2 years of progressive Engineering experience


Equivalent academic education and experience



  • Project Management

  • Ability to communicate with all levels in the organization.

  • Computer Assisted Design/Geographic Information System - basic proficiency.

  • MS Office - advanced proficiency


Education and Experience:


  • BA/BS in Engineering (Mechanical, General or Civil)

  • 2 -3 years of progressive Engineering experience



  • Project Management

  • Ability to communicate with all levels in the organization

  • Ability to influence and persuade in decision making.

  • CAD/GIS - intermediate proficiency

  • MS Office - advanced proficiency


Education and Experience:


  • BA/BS in Engineering (Mechanical, General or Civil)

  • 5 years of progressive engineering experience in gas standards and materials, project engineering or construction management of natural gas, pipeline facilities or other applicable industries.

  • 2 + years familiarity and experience with Gas Safety regulations or utility pipeline construction practices


  • 5-7 years of experience operations, construction, project management, engineering, quality, safety

  • 1-2 years supervisory or project leader experience

  • Professional certification (e.g. project management, safety/quality management, etc)

  • Military experience and training may be evaluated as a potential equivalent for education, experience, skills, and knowledge

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of over four million U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to a supply of clean, safe, reliable and affordable 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 a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

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 Identification: 3337

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Nicor Gas