Engineer @ CenterPoint Energy




Applies engineering principles to design and install distribution systems in a safe, efficient and practical manner. Plans, designs, and estimates costs for natural gas systems projects. Manages projects during field installations.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Performs engineering design, calculations, estimates, studies and coordination of gas distribution facilities installations.

  • Analyzes load, pressure requirements, future growth and other variables during the design process.

  • Oversees the layout, sizing and specification of pipeline equipment, economic justifications and indirect supervision of others when project teamwork is required.

  • Creates engineering drawings and effectively communicate design details to field personnel and contractors.

  • Conducts distribution system pressure and cathodic protection studies.

  • Makes and maintains external contacts to assure that materials, supplies and information are available as needed and that information is exchanged with external sources, agencies and local utilities on line locations and planned projects.

  • Prepares economic justification (concise, factual and conclusive statements of the purpose, merits and necessity) for each project proposed to assist management with evaluation of capital investment. This includes budget items and completion reports for specific construction projects.

  • Reviews completed work orders and cost data to assure conformance with plans and acceptability of construction charges. Updates estimated unit prices as needed.

  • Assists in evaluation of system operations and troubleshoots problems.



Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical, Industrial, Civil or other approved engineering discipline from an accredited college or university.


Level I

No prior experience required. Candidates with project management experience, designing, construction plans, and scheduling is highly preferred.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Licenses/Certifications, Abilities & Personal Characteristics (KSLAPs):

  • Able to demonstrate and apply excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Able to communicate and interact with all levels of management and associates and perform well in a team environment.

  • Able to represent Company in a professional manner in matters and meetings with both private and public, entities and officials.

  • Able to cultivate relationships and partner with business and community contacts to achieve business results.

  • Able to collaborate across functional boundaries to improve business processes.

  • Able to use PC software proficiently, including word processing, presentation and spreadsheet programs.

  • Able to learn and use mainframe computer and PC software, including SAP EDS & FIN modules, Microstation, Stoner and Arc Info.

  • Able to motivate self, accomplish tasks and achieve goals with minimal supervision including self-directed learning.

  • Able to identify solutions to problems with creativity and innovative thinking.

  • Able to demonstrate effective project management and time management to meet project deadlines and remain within budget.

  • Able to multi-task and manage several projects or activities at one time.

  • Able to use initiative, good judgment, and tact to complete assigned tasks.

  • Able to apply extensive knowledge of company policies and procedures and DOT CFR 192 regulations.

  • Able to make sound decisions based on engineering and operational principles and Company policies.

  • Able to provide and maintain a valid state driver's license and safe driving record.

  • Able to operate a company vehicle in compliance with applicable laws and company policies.

  • Able to demonstrate commitment to compliance with applicable laws and regulations, the Company’s Ethics and Compliance Code of Conduct, and other Company policies and procedures and do so consistently, take all required training courses and do so timely

  • Able to demonstrate respect for all individuals, adhere to the Company’s values and business practices and do both consistently

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to exert in excess of 30 pounds of force occasionally and in excess of 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

  • Able to sit, stand or walk for long periods of time.

  • Able to view computer terminal for extended periods of time.

  • Able to demonstrate manual dexterity to operate a personal computer.

  • Able to operate copy machine, fax machine, calculator, telephone and other office equipment.

  • Able to work a varied schedule with projects and deadlines requiring the ability to meet changing demands.

  • Able to operate a motor vehicle and drive a motor vehicle for multiple hour trips.

Working Conditions:

  • Able to work indoors in normal office environment and outdoors with occasional exposure to all weather conditions, hot, dirty and/or greasy equipment and noise when at field installation sites.

  • Able to travel as necessary to off site locations, with occasional overnight stays required.

  • Able to work in a fast paced environment with high daily pressure to meet deadlines.

  • Able to work occasional overtime (scheduled and/or unscheduled, nights and/or weekends), as needed or required to meet established deadlines.

May be required to remain in the service area during emergency events and assume responsibilities assigned by the company to aide in restoration efforts

Networking contact:

Melissa Freeland

HSP Marketing Manager

505 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN 55402

612.321.4414 (o)

612.219.1466 (m)

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