Technician Above Ground, General-Apprentice

The Southern Company Atlanta , GA 30301

Posted 3 months ago

Technician Above Ground, General-Apprentice



Basic Function:

Entry level position responsible for completing a variety of tasks in support of field operations to include deactivation of service, delayed match, corrosion inspections, meter paints, reading meters and assisting with other maintenance activities as needed. Serves as a member of a crew engaged in installing, maintaining, and repairing gas mains and service lines. Performs basic tasks including operating heavy equipment, using hand tools, basic leak investigation, assisting in mechanical joining, landscape maintenance and traffic control. Performs meter reading, ERT installations and ERT programming in conjunction Automated Meter Reading duties. This is a bargaining unit position (IBEW Local 1997). This position will have an automatic progression pursuant to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.


  • Efficiently works a route to complete customer and compliance orders in a timely manner and in accordance with company policies and procedures and operator qualifications procedures.

  • Observes all safety requirements and regulatory guidelines to ensure compliance.

  • Actively and accurately captures documentation in the Mobile Data Terminal and recognizes abnormal operating conditions such as corrosion, meters under stress, etc.

  • Assists in connecting and disconnecting gas service, manually turning meters on and off.

  • Assists in conducting investigations of high bill complaints, stop meters and special readings by meter reading validation.

  • Assists in performing regular meter inspections, paints and maintenance of above and below ground gas systems.

  • Responds to questions from customers and provides answers directly or by referral.

  • Provide assistance with all distribution activities involved with the installation, repair and maintenance of the distribution system to include:

  • Operating basic equipment and tools

  • Traffic control

  • Landscaping and general maintenance

  • Digging, shoring, repairing leaks, testing and wrapping pipes

  • Pressure recording devices

  • Uses a variety of tools (hand, air, shovels, etc.) while performing distribution crew activities.

  • Ensures truck is stocked with equipment, supplies, tools and other equipment in neat and orderly condition.

  • Operates Automated Dispatch system to complete meter reads and turn-offs service at customer's premise.

  • Identifies abnormal operating conditions and takes appropriate actions.

  • Performs simple sniff tests to detect gas leaks.

  • Performs other job-related duties as required.

Education, Certificate/Licenses:


  • High school diploma or GED

  • Mechanical aptitude

  • Basic knowledge and use of hand tools and equipment

  • Ability to pass basic skills and knowledge assessments

  • Valid Driver's License


  • Field operations experience to include distribution crew work

  • Experience with heavy equipment operation

  • Technical school training and certification

  • Welding experience or certification; Commercial driver's license or permit


  • Equivalent academic education and experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Good written and oral communication

  • Ability to use good judgment when working in potentially hazardous and emergency environments

  • MS Office and Computer skills - basic proficiency

  • Customer Service

  • Mechanical aptitude

  • Able to operate basic equipment, machinery and simple tools

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Ability to resolve and diffuse difficult/escalated situations

  • Knowledge of assigned geographical territory

  • Ability to smell odorant used to detect gas leaks

Southern Company Gas Competencies:

Business Acumen Driving Results

Engagement Functional Expertise

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
  • Exposure to outside elements (heat, cold, high winds)

  • Safety sensitive

  • Heavy lifting, bending, stooping, walking

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.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

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 Field: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Riverdale

Operating Company: Atlanta Gas Light

Other Locations: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta, Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Kennesaw, Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Cumming, Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Conyers, Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Lawrenceville, Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Chamblee

Job Type: Standard

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

Union Covered: Yes

Work Location(s):

Clayton Service Cener

  • 508 Georgia Highway 138 SW (508RiverdaleCODE)

508 Georgia Highway 138 SW

Riverdale, 30274

Atlanta Service Center

  • 2505 Brannen Road (2505AtlantaCODE)

2505 Brannen Road

Atlanta, 30316

Marietta Depot

  • 2741 McCollum Pkwy (2741KennesawCODE)

2741 McCollum Pkwy

Kennesaw, 30144

Cumming Service Center

  • 1480 Oak Industrial Lane (1480CummingCODE)

1480 Oak Industrial Lane

Cumming, 30041

Conerys Service Center

  • 350 Gees Mill Business Pky (350ConyersCODE)

350 Gees Mill Buisness Pky

Conyers, 30013

Gwinnett RBC - 1305 Lakes Pkwy, Ste 129 (1305LawrencevilleCODE)

1305 Lakes Pkwy, Ste 129

Lawrenceville, 30043

Peachtree Service Center

  • 111 Ingersoll Rand Drive (111ChambleeCODE)

111 Ingersoll Rand Drive

Chamblee, 30341

Req ID: GAS2002864

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Technician Above Ground, General-Apprentice

The Southern Company