Engineer - Dam Safety

The Southern Company Birmingham , AL 35202

Posted 2 months ago


  • Dam Safety


Engineer, Dam Safety (Hydro Services

  • Southern Company Generation)


This position will be filled at an exempt Level 4-6 depending upon the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the successful candidate.

This position will serve as part of a multi-disciplinary team supporting Southern Company's dam safety program for Alabama Power hydroelectric generating plants. On occasion it may be required to assist in the inspection of storage ponds, ash ponds and other related dams at fossil plants and interaction with the Fossil Dam Safety Group in Birmingham, Alabama. The dam safety related activities include:

  • Conduct regularly scheduled dam safety field inspections of soil, concrete, and steel structures associated with the dams and appurtenant structures.

  • Monitor and plot dam safety instrumentation data such as piezometers, weirs, drains, and deformation monuments, and review and interpret the data.

  • Track compliance with plant operating licenses associated with dam safety and inspection recommendations and other compliance issues.

  • Interface with federal dam safety officials.

  • Become familiar with and implement the requirements of the Southern Company Generation "Safety Procedure for Dams and Dikes at Hydroelectric Generation Plants" .

  • Become familiar with and implement the requirements of the Southern Company Generation "Dam Safety Program for FERC Licensed Projects".

  • Become familiar with and implement the requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Engineering Guidelines and Title18 CFR, Chapter 1, Subchapter B, Part 12

  • Safety of Water Power Projects and Project Works (Subparts A through E) as they pertain to the company's dam hydroelectric projects.
  • Prepare annual dam safety monitoring status reports for the FERC.

  • Review engineering calculations of dam stability and hydrologic/hydraulics that are required to demonstrate compliance with the FERC dam safety Engineering Guidelines.

  • Prepare, coordinate and review engineering analyses, designs, specifications, and requests for proposals as applicable.

  • Assist the generating plants with oversight of any needed repairs at the dams associated with recommendations resulting from internal and external dam safety inspections.

  • Coordinate and interface with independent dam safety consultants for the performance of FERC-mandated five-year inspection reports (Part 12D).

  • Coordinate and interface with external dam safety consultants for the performance of technical investigations and analyses as required.

  • Interface with external specialty contractors and engineering consultants for regularly scheduled spillway gate inspections and underwater inspections at regularly scheduled intervals (typically preceding the Part 12D inspection).

  • Perform detailed review of engineering reports prepared by external consultants and contractors.

  • Actively participate in internal and external assessments and audits of the company's dam safety program.

  • Participate in meetings and conference calls related to dam safety issues.

  • Participate in Georgia Power dam safety inspections with our counterpart Hydro Services group in Atlanta, Georgia.

Other duties assigned may include assisting with hydro plant relicensing efforts, hydrology studies, hydraulics studies, slope stability analyses, seepage analyses, contract management, etc. depending on the needs of the subject facilities.

This position reports to the Dam Safety & Surveillance Supervisor in the Southern Company Generation Hydro Services group in Birmingham.



  • At a minimum, a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from an ABET-accredited university is required.


  • At least two (2) years of direct experience in the civil engineering field is required.

  • At least one (1) year of experience interfacing with government regulators or other governmental agencies is preferred.

  • One to two (1-2) years of experience working with dams (design, construction, inspection, analyses) is preferred.

  • Experience in writing technical reports is required

  • Experience in writing technical letters and field inspection reports is preferred.

  • Professional Engineer, or Engineering Intern (with ability to obtain PE within 3 years), registration is required.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic understanding of the principles of concrete structures, soil mechanics, and hydraulics is required.

  • Proven ability to develop excellent working relationships with clients is required.

  • Strong observational skills are required.

  • Strong organizational skills are required.

  • Strong written communication skills are required. The successful candidate must have the ability to produce coherent documents that will withstand regulatory scrutiny.

  • Strong oral communication skills are required. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively and to work constructively with other groups within Southern Company and with outside agencies and consultants.

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, are required.

  • The ability to read and interpret engineering drawings is required.

  • Ability to work harmoniously with government regulators is required.

  • The proven ability to be a self-starter and to work harmoniously with multi-disciplinary teams is required.

  • Leadership skills and enthusiastic attitude towards professional development are encouraged.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Carry out all job requirements with strict adherence to Southern Company safety policies and procedures.

  • Travel is required within Alabama (about 20-30% of the time), including some overnight travel, for site and dam safety field inspections and meetings at Alabama Power hydro dams and occasionally at APC fossil plants dams, as needed.

  • This position requires extensive walking along dams, including up and down earthen slopes and climbing up and down stairs and ladders at the hydro dams and powerhouses. This position may require safely accessing narrow concrete trenches, steep slopes, drainage galleries, spillways, and other difficult access areas to perform inspections.

  • Occasional use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and safety harness/fall arrest will be required depending on field inspection requirements.

  • Routine dam safety field inspections and site visits would be approximately 20 to 30 percent of the job function. The frequency of these field inspections may increase for attending to unusual dam safety issues as they arise or when a dam safety construction projects underway.

  • Office work is related to letter and report writing, preparation and review of engineering analyses, dam safety instrumentation data review, responding to plant inquiries for dam safety issues, interaction with regulatory agencies as noted in the Job Summary above.


  • Demonstrates Southern Company's "Our Values" (Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, Total Commitment).

  • Self-starter, self-motivated.

  • Ability to work independently on assigned projects under the overall direction of both the Hydro Services Dam Safety Principal Engineer and Supervisor.

  • Diplomatic.

  • Organized.

  • Strong customer focus.

  • Team player.

  • Strong work ethic.

  • Attention to details, accuracy and follow-up.


The following information will be requested of individuals selected for an interview:

  • A report you have authored. (These may be redacted to obscure the client's name and other identifying information if necessary.)

  • A listing of any conference papers that you have presented.

  • A listing of national or state professional organizations to which you belong and any leadership positions that you have held in them.

Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters

  • 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2009359

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