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Southern Company Distribution Mechanic in Elgin, Illinois

Distribution Mechanic



The primary function of this role is to provide safe, reliable, cost effective service for customers, and stakeholders. To ensure adherence to compliance related tasks, provide good customer service. This position requires the ability to gas weld, fusion of plastic pipe and fittings, drive heavy duty equipment i.e. [CDL license, crew truck and trailer, dump truck with dual wheel axle], clean shaven to utilize breatheable air respirator equipment, respond to gas leak emergency orders, investigate, identify, resolve, mitigate, or process for resolution. This task requires at times, being the first responder to incidents and working with emergency responders for local agencies and other entities. At times working in potentially gaseous environments and wearing critical personal protective equipment. Duties include, and not limited to the following: Gas service lines and gas main line installations and repairs, gas leak investigation, pipe fitting, restoring service to natural gas appliances, assess gas appliance operation and perform safety checks, inform customers of findings and document notification, locating underground company facilities, using small tools, hand drills, hand digging, working in a confined space i.e. [attics, crawl spaces, excavations, constructions zones, rooftops, etc.] Working in residential, commercial, industrial settings, indoors, outdoors, 24 hours a day seven days a week, in all different weather conditions. The ability to respond to after-hours emergency callouts. Good communication skills with internal and external parties, computer, and technology use and higher than average level of proficiency in all areas. Must be able to demonstrate competencies in jobs tasks associated with this role.

Employee must obtain certification as a Delivery Mechanic and be qualified in all Operator Qualification tasks.

Job Responsibilities & Accountabilities by Competency

Established Essential Duties:

  • Adheres to all safety and work rules, company policies and procedures and follow the Company safety manual.

  • Shows the ability to utilize different tools and equipment associated with the varying job tasks.

  • Represents the company in all interactions with customers, government and regulatory officials in a courteous and professional manner.

  • Operates Company vehicles and equipment in accordance with Company policies and procedures, including state and federal laws.

  • Works in varying weather conditions, changing elements, and at times in extreme weather conditions.

  • Perform inspection, assessment, repair, or mitigation of atmospheric corrosion

  • Uses various hand tools and power tools

  • Hand digging, and probing for subsurface gas readings

  • Works on jobsites containing uneven surfaces, excavations, and landscaping

  • Works in a potential gaseous atmosphere.

  • Physical dexterity and ability to use tools

  • Available to work overtime as necessary to meet business requirements and flexibility in working shifts as required.

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

  • Ability to walk for extended periods of time, ability to drive long distances, ability to stand for short and long durations, squat, crawl, walk up and down stairs, and utilize a ladder.

  • Hold an active CDL driver’s license and DOT medical card

  • Ability to be fitted and use SCBA equipment for work in a gaseous atmosphere at all times

  • Operator qualified in gas welding procedures

  • Ability to listen and follow directions, to read and understand technical material, the willingness for continual education, and to adapt to new technology or processes.

Certifications or Qualifiers

Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • High School diploma or GED

  • Valid Driver’s License and pass Company driving tests


  • Welding experience, ability to work undergound for long periods of time. Fusion training a plus

  • Valid CDL Driver’s license (Class A) and DOT medical card

Specific Skills & Knowledge:

Required: (within “x” time frame)

  • Pass all required Operator Qualification certifications

  • Maintain compliance with Pipeline Safety Drug and Alcohol testing program

  • Demonstrate skills in:

  • Leak Investigation

  • Excavation equipment use

  • Hazard identification

  • Relighting appliances

  • Pipe fitting

  • Small tool use

  • Hand dig with proper tooling

  • Safe Driving and all Safety initiatives

  • Computer use, Smart Phone use, technology use, Atlas Page reading, and Map reading

  • Organizational daily planning

  • Pass Company’s Field Operations Delivery Mechanic certification test

  • Ability to smell odorant used to detect gas leaks

  • Join IBEW local Union


  • Possess good work ethic

  • Be self-motivated, self-starter

  • Able to comprehend and follow direction

  • Able to work in varying conditions (i.e., rough terrain, weather)

  • Able to operate basic equipment, machinery and simple tools

  • Possess willingness to learn

  • Demonstrate mechanical aptitude

  • Possess basic knowledge of and background in all Operating departments

  • Includes Sys Ops, Con Ops, & Corrosion

  • Able to communicate well with co-workers and customers

  • Possess experience operating fleet vehicles similar to pick-up vehicle (up to 10,000 lbs.) and heavy duty equipment

  • Possess experience working on construction sites

  • Possess good hand/eye coordination

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Must be able to physically walk, ascend and descend stairs and ladders, stoop, bend, kneel, enter and exit tap holes, ditches, and/or excavations, and lift and transport weight in excess of 50 pounds. Have a keen sense of smell, hearing, vision and color identification. Required to work in various weather conditions including extreme heat, cold, and precipitation.


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 a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. 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 Field: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Des Plaines

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Other Locations: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Joliet, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Yorkville, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Schaumburg, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Rockford, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Dekalb, Illinois-Central Illinois-Bloomington, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Kankakee, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Elgin, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Freeport, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Crystal Lake, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Glenwood, Illinois-Northern Illinois-Ingleside

Job Type: Standard

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

Union Covered: Yes

Work Location(s):

Des Plaines - 1665 Birchwood Ave. (1665DesPlainesCODE)

1665 Birchwood Ave.

Des Plaines, 60018

Joliet - 3000 East Cass St. (3000JolietCODE)

3000 East Cass St.

Joliet, 60432

Yorkville - 259 Commerical Dr. (259YorkvilleCODE)

259 Commerical Dr.

Yorkville, 60560

Schaumburg - 1011 Wiley Rd. (1011SchaumburgCODE)

1011 Wiley Rd.

Schaumburg, 60194

Rockford - 4651 Linden Rd. (4651RockfordCODE)

4651 Linden Rd.

Rockford, 61109

Dekalb - 1415 Market St (1415DekalbILCODE)

1415 Market St

Dekalb, 60115

Bloomington - 1305 Martin Luther King Dr. (1305BloomingtonCODE)

1305 Martin Luther King Dr.

Bloomington, 61701

Kankakee - 2704 Festival Dr. (2704KankakeeCODE)

2704 Festival Dr.

Kankakee, 60901

Elgin - 1800 Big Timber Rd. (1800ElginCODE)

1800 Big Timber Rd.

Elgin, 60120

Freeport - 216 S Liberty Ave. (216FreeportCODE)

216 S Liberty Ave.

Freeport, 61032

300 West Terra Cotta (300CrystalLakeCODE)

300 West Terra Cotta

Crystal Lake, 60115

Glenwood - 19199 Glenwood Chicago Heights Rd. (19199GlenwoodCODE)

19199 Glenwood Chicago Heights Rd.

Glenwood, 60425

Ingleside - 1201 East Route 134 (1201InglesideCODE)

1201 East Route 134

Req ID: GAS2003809