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Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Inspector

Safety Inspector Regulated Utilities

Public Utilities Commission

Open for Recruitment: October 30, 2017 - November 20, 2017
Announcement # 04520028272
Salary Range: $22.00 - $27.00/hour DOE -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Public Utilities Commission has an opening for a

Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Inspector


What are the benefits of becoming a state of Idaho employee?
  • Medical insurance packages including dental and vision coverage with premiums at  competitive rates
  • No-cost basic life insurance and opportunity to purchase supplemental life insurance 
  • Retirement program through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)
  • Optional 401K and 457 Deferred Comp plans
  • Generous paid vacation and sick leave policies
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Click HERE for more information regarding State Employee Benefits!

Consider this career opportunity and apply today! 

General Information:

The Public Utilities Commission is seeking applicants for the Pipeline Safety Program. Positions in the Pipeline Safety Program must successfully complete the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) sponsored Qualification and Training Program, within the first three (3) years of employment. Positions in this job classification require extensive statewide and some out-of-state travel. Incumbents may be exposed to hazardous materials and/or conditions and will be subjected to loud noise, extreme weather conditions, and exposure to construction-site hazards, natural gas explosions, and high pressures.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Investigation/Inspection: Under jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission, enforce state and federal laws/rules and conduct investigations and inspections including: Audit natural gas operator’s safety records and operations; perform pipeline safety field inspections; conduct pipeline construction and design reviews; perform pipeline personnel training and qualification inspections. 
  • Apply enforcement actions under federal and state laws/rules: Interpret state and federal laws/rules and regulations; develop supportive evidence to sustain criminal or civil forfeiture actions, cease and desist orders, or similar proceedings; document frequency and nature of violations and circumstances that prove willful violations; organize evidence into detailed written reports on violations and recommend corrective action be taken.
  • Communication/Technical assistance: Prepare reports and recommendations regarding safety and compliance with rules and regulations; prepare data, exhibits and testimony for hearings; present testimony; submit to cross-examination; provide technical assistance and information on safety and related topics; act as a liaison for public relations issues with rail and shipper officials and employees, legal staff, county and state officials and federal employees; create and provide safety presentations to stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of industrial safety and construction safety practices and methods 
  • Some knowledge of engineering principles, methods and techniques
  • Experience planning and conducting record audits for compliance with laws and regulations 
  • Experience interpreting, applying and explaining laws and regulations
  • Experience preparing written narrative reports and oral presentations of findings

The following are not required, but may increase your score on the examination:

  • Experience investigating, inspecting, or working on pipelines using CRF 49 Parts 190 - 199
  • Some knowledge of pipeline operations
  • A qualified status or partial training from the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) sponsored Qualification and Training Program to perform pipeline safety inspections. 

The examination is a rating of your education and experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the spaces provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question addressing minimum requirements to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 56 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

To preview the exam, click on the “Preview Exam” link at the bottom of this page (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on either Apply Online button on the left-hand side and follow the instructions provided.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, please select:

  • Public Utilities Commission under "Agencies"
  • Full-time under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist (this includes: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies and Job Type/Shift).  Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency.


Preview Exam

At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.