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Southern Company Corrosion Engineer in Naperville, Illinois

This position is responsible for supporting capital and special projects/programs that occur within Nicor Gas related to Corrosion Control and Design. This position will ensure adequate and consistent corrosion control designs (CP, AC/DC Interference, Coatings, etc.) are developed and implemented during all phases of new and existing projects.

Job Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Functional Expertise:

  • Responsible to perform AC/DC interference monitoring and develop sound, technical solutions for remediation

  • Responsible for designing new Cathodic Protection (CP) systems in accordance with applicable codes, standards, and procedures

  • Responsible for complex CP troubleshooting activities and generation of appropriate maintenance and remediation orders

  • Responsible for review of corrosion control designs for new construction or other / special projects

  • Ensures projects are designed and installed according to plans, specifications, procedures, and regulations

  • Review and evaluate new corrosion control technology for use. Assist with development of corresponding procedures

  • Responsible for monitoring new CP installation projects to ensure successful completion in accordance with plans and procedures

  • Responsible for timely cathodic protection troubleshooting (i.e. low systems, shorted conditions)

  • Responsible for timely creation of remediation work orders (i.e. install anodes, clear short, install insulator, repair / replace test station). Follows through with necessary departments to ensure timely completion

    Business Acumen:

  • Monitors corrosion control records to ensure compliance

  • Evaluates corrosion control processes and procedures; suggests modifications and updates to improve efficiency, clarity, and understanding

  • Provides sound, technical guidance to Corrosion Technicians to address complex CP issues


  • Provide technical support for pipeline replacement projects and prioritization

  • Provides technical support for cathodic protection replacement, enhancement, or remediation projects

    Driving Results:

  • Generates reports as needed

  • Assists with implementation of accelerated actions (DIMP) & additional preventive and mitigative measures (TIMP)

  • Reviews and analyzes Cathodic Protection, leak history, and other pertinent data to identify trends and develop appropriate remedial measures

  • Troubleshoots complex corrosion control and cathodic protection issues; works with others to resolve

  • Enter compliance records accurately into the appropriate system of record in a timely fashion

  • Participates as needed in regulatory audits to ensure success


    Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution

  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Technologist CP3

  • Valid drivers license


  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Specialist CP4

  • NACE Coating Inspector - Level 1 or higher

  • Professional Engineering License, Project Management Professional

    Related Work Experience:


  • 4 years’ work experience in pipeline cathodic protection and corrosion control

    Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • MS Office – intermediate proficiency

  • CAD/GIS - basic proficiency

  • Attention to detail and strong analytical skills

  • Ability to read, interpret, and implement codes, standards, and procedures

  • Ability to identify process improvements and work with others to develop appropriate processes and procedures

  • Knowledge of electrical principles – intermediate proficiency

  • Advanced cathodic protection system design and maintenance

  • Advanced cathodic protection system troubleshooting


  • Cathodic Protection Data Manager (CPDM) proficiency

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) proficiency

    Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:


  • Frequent local travel with occasional (5 – 20%) overnight travel.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Physical Demands:

  • This position occasionally requires prolonged standing or walking.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to reach above shoulder level.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  • This position requires the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

  • The incumbent works in an office environment.

  • The incumbent may work near or with moving mechanical parts.

  • The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.

  • The incumbent may be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

  • The incumbent may be exposed to excessive noise.

    Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.2 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states and approximately 600,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit .

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: 6017

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Nicor Gas