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NiSource Principal Engineer in Chester, Virginia

Job Title: Principal Engineer

Job Code: 106019


Lead complex and non-recurring special projects, initiatives and teams. Deliver technical leadership, process and design standardization, and peer development across NGD engineering. This effort supplements engineering managers and leaders as a leadership resource with responsibilities beyond the expected capabilities of a field engineer 3.

The principal engineer will also evaluate, design, and estimate natural gas distribution facilities for new business, public and system improvement, and maintenance projects according to company standards and other applicable guidelines and codes. Natural gas distribution facilities may consist of main lines, service lines, and measurement & regulation equipment. The principal engineer will provide technical assistance and support for Construction and Field Operations staff involved in the construction, operation, and maintenance of distribution facilities. Collaborate and coordinate efforts with key stakeholders on large distribution projects.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform project manager responsibilities for special projects and initiatives

  • Conduct QA/QC and follow-up development for engineering activities

  • Represent engineering for development of process, material and gas standards

  • Supplement engineering leadership and serve in an engineering leader role on an interim basis as needed

  • Evaluate, design, and estimate natural gas distribution facilities

  • Prepare permit applications and easement requests

  • Prepare detailed drawings

  • Compile capital work order / job order packets

  • Support Operations employees in emergency situations

  • Provide training and guidance to new personnel

  • Act as liaison to state, county, and local government officials

  • Assist in contract bid documentation

  • Maintain MAOP documentation

  • Review and process completion reports and “as-built” drawings

  • Maintain professional license / registration in good standing

  • Well executed special projects and initiatives

  • Technically strong engineering team members

  • Consistent results in design, planning and close-out processes across NGD

  • Ensure safe and reliable delivery of energy services at best cost

  • Meet or exceed internal/external customer expectations

  • Safe/efficient high quality engineering designs that comply with policies, practices, standards, and applicable codes

  • Productivity and performance results that meet or exceed expectations

  • Timely delivery of all facility designs

  • Consistent communication with key stakeholders and business partners

Required Qualifications for Position

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering curriculum from an EAC/ABET accredited college or university.

  • 5 years of related engineering experience

  • Professional Engineering license in state being supported

  • Demonstrated expertise and capabilities in project management

  • Experience and knowledge that meets the requirements as set forth in the engineering advancement criteria

  • Knowledge of company and industry codes, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Additional Qualifications for Position

  • Master’s Degree in Business or Engineering

  • 10 years of gas distribution experience

  • 5 years of gas distribution engineering experience

  • Professional Engineering license in multiple NiSource states


This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position.

Work Authorization

Authorized to work in the United States without requiring sponsorship.

Inclusion & Diversity

Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities.

Safety Statement

Promote a safe work environment by actively participating in all aspects of our employee safety program. Report any unsafe conditions and take actions to prevent personal injuries. Support our interdependent safety culture by ensuring the safety of your co-workers. Stay focused on the task at hand and promote productivity through good work habits.

Salary Range:

$107,000.00 - $160,500.00

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At NiSource, you'll be part of the team serving nearly four million customers throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, who count on us to energize their homes and businesses. Whether speaking with customers by phone, analyzing financial data or installing new gas lines in a neighborhood, you’ll meet exciting challenges each day and make the most of your skills and talents. And you’ll be part of a company that was named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers.

We're looking for talent from all backgrounds. We invite candidates of all abilities to come as they are and do what they love. Through our years of successful growth, we’ve stayed true to our roots by making a difference in the lives of millions of our customers. If you’re interested in joining an inclusive, innovative company that fosters opportunity for growth, NiSource might be the place for you.