Title:  Chief Dam Safety Engineer

Date:  Jun 8, 2021
Legal Entity:  Entergy Services, LLC
Description: 

At Entergy, we’ve been planning for the future for more than 100 years. We’ve experienced a lot of change, generating power first from sawdust to now splitting atoms, harnessing sunlight and using abundant, clean and efficient natural gas.

 

We are on the verge of a monumental technology convergence, where reality swiftly catches up to possibility. The utility of the future does much more than keep the lights on and the gas flowing. It’s knowledgeable and skillful workforce will solve challenges and fuel a brighter, smarter, more prosperous future for everyone.

 

Having the lowest retail electricity rates of any utility in the United States drives economic growth within Entergy’s region, a key ingredient to sustained growth for any utility. We also believe a diverse workforce committed to personal and professional growth is critical to our success. We place a high priority on developing talent to meet current and future needs, giving employees opportunities to grow their careers their way. 

 

Entergy’s Power Generation group operates a fleet of more than 30 owned, leased, or operated natural gas, coal, oil hydro and petroleum coke plants, with total engineering capacity of over 18,500 megawatts and is building or acquiring more than 3,000 megawatts of new natural gas generation to join its 30,000 megawatts of nuclear, natural gas, coal, oil, hydroelectric and solar facilities.

 

JOB SUMMARY/PURPOSE:

Responsible for the development and management of Power Generation’s Dam Safety Program, levees and other impoundments which includes, but not limited to, serving as the Chief Dam Safety Engineer for Power Generation’s FERC Licensed Project 271 dams. Individual will have oversight for FERC Dam Safety compliance in relation to the dams, state dam safety compliance where applicable, Emergency Action Plans, Public Safety Plans and Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) compliance programs. Management of the Risk Informed Decision Making Program through on-going performance trending and analyses and identification and implementation of appropriate changes and improvements. Establishes a collaborative working relationship with on-site internal personnel as well as Federal, State, Corporate, Consultants, and Contractors personnel. Identifies and analyzes problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions and develop solutions. Communicates effectively with all levels and types of organizations and audiences and use partnerships to achieve collaborative solutions and resolve complex problems. Uses project management, conflict management, mediation, team building, and negotiation tools to achieve results in a collaborative spirit. Analyzes diverse viewpoints to make planning decisions and solve work problems.

 

JOB DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans and carries out assignments independently, setting own priorities and coordinating/consulting as necessary
  • Independently resolves problems involving deviations from established procedure, unfamiliar situations, or unusual requirements
  • Utilize industry resources to identify new and innovative techniques and best practices. Serve as champion for new techniques as appropriate
  • Responsible for development, implementation and management of Power Generation’s Dam Safety Program, Emergency Action Plan, Public Safety Plans and COOP Compliance Programs
  • As appropriate, recommend and use specialized consultants
  • Manage the Dam Safety “Lessons Learned” process and ensure that all appropriate personnel are aware of industry “Best Practices”
  • Oversight and management of emergency action and warning plans for all impoundments
  • Develops public involvement plans for transfer of information to key agencies and the public
  • Provide training to appropriate personnel on actions to assure compliance with the Dam Safety, EAP, Public Safety and COOP programs
  • Develops and implements a continuing Dam Safety Training Program for on-site project staff, operations personnel, and other personnel in effective observation of structural elements, recognition of structural and instrumentation conditions symptomatic of potential distress, analysis of distress conditions, response (operations and/or repair) procedures and methods, and emergency notification procedures
  • Develops and coordinates Power Generation’s Dam Safety Assurance Program, including scope, procedures, methods and schedules for inspection, surveillance, instrumentation data monitoring, and analysis
  • Coordinates collection and processing of data from instrumentation data monitoring for impoundments; establishes schedules and procedures to assure routine and specialized data collection, verification, processing, storage, and filing is performed as required. Review and determine if additional monitoring instrumentation is needed at Power Generation’s impoundments
  • Coordinates review and analyses of plotted and tabulated data to assure timely recognition of problems or changed conditions. Prepares reports based on this coordinated review and analyses
  • Conducts and coordinates special and periodic inspections of Power Generation’s impoundments, prepares reports of inspections and coordinates determination of project deficiencies, documentation, and resolution of corrective actions or adjustments
  • Manage the compliance requirements of dam safety and maintenance programs and the drafting, submittal and follow up to official letters, reports, filings, etc.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum education required of the position

  • B.S. Degree in an Engineering or Science discipline
  • Desired:
    • Civil Engineering, Geotechnical or other applicable Civil Engineering discipline

 

Minimum experience required of the position

  • 5 years of related experience in an applicable civil engineering discipline or major hydraulic structures technology, design, troubleshooting, operations and/or performance evaluation
  • Desired:
    • Experience in Dam Safety Programs

 

Minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the position

  • Skill in maintaining effective working relationships with both internal and external customers
  • Skill in written and verbal communications with ability to explain/defend project status and make presentations in public forums, etc.
  • Skill in applying advanced engineering and dam safety theories, principles, concepts, standards, and methods to:
    • Resolve unique or novel problems and conditions;
    • Significantly alter standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, and known techniques;
    • Provide significant and innovative recommendations for advancing the Dam Safety program/methods; and
    • Execute significant projects representing an important segment of Power Generation’s operating programs, or affecting the welfare of the public and/or the sustainability of natural resources and the environment.
  • Must have demonstrable skill in the evaluation of technical performance, identifying potential improvements, and determining and applying “Best Practices” in technical areas
  • Strong abilities to communicate both orally and in writing, with working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, project management, and performance monitoring software
  • Experience in operation, maintenance, and management of similar facilitiesExperience with FERC Dam Safety Compliance preferred
  • Experience is risk assessment such as Risk Informed Decision Making preferred

 

Certifications, licenses, etc. required of the position

  • Professional Engineer Registration in an applicable engineering discipline required

 

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Primary Location: Texas-Woodlands
Job Function: Engineering
FLSA Status: Professional
Relocation Option: Level II
Union description/code: NON BARGAINING UNIT-NBU
Number of Openings: 1
Req ID: 102710
Travel Percentage:Up to 25%

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Vets. Please click here to view the full statement.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

As a provider of essential services, Entergy expects its employees to be available to work additional hours, to work in alternate locations, and/or to perform additional duties in connection with storms, outages, emergencies, or other situations as deemed necessary by the company. Exempt employees may not be paid overtime associated with such duties.


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