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Damage Prevention Specialist

Company: Ameren Services Company
Location: Urbana
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

If end date is listed, the posting will come down at 12:00 am on that date:Wednesday January 25, 2023About The Position
The Damage Prevention Specialist is responsible for managing the watch and protect program for Ameren Illinois, which includes coordinating watch and protect activities between the excavators and contract locating companies. This position will provide technical expertise and monitor the overall performance of the program. This position will be part of the Ameren Illinois Damage Prevention Group, responsible to ensure safety to Ameren employees, contract locators, excavators, and the public.

Key responsibilities include:
* Contact excavators when digging activities will be within the specified tolerance of Ameren Illinois facilities identified for watch and protect.
* Coordinate watch and protect timeframe between the excavator and contract locate company.
* Provide assistance on watch and protect duties, when necessary.
* Respond to high profile gas and electric third party damages to determine cause. Provide direction to Ameren personnel and locators in the damage investigation process.
* Perform locating audits and assist with claims and billing.
* Remove barriers that would prohibit or delay service to the customer.
* Work with excavators and Ameren personnel in problem resolution and education on the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act.
* Assist in the coordination of excavator meetings for Ameren Illinois which are held annually throughout Ameren territory. Provide presentations and educational materials on underground safety and the state laws to the excavators.
* Meet monthly with locate contractor management team to monitor performance, resolve issues and pursue opportunities for improvement.
* Serve as the contact person for difficult to locate facilities and assist in resolving the locate issue.

Associates degree in related field (e.g., Engineering Technology, Construction Management) required. Four or more years of relevant experience (e.g., electric or gas distribution design and/or underground locator or construction experience) is required. Bachelor's degree in related field (e.g., Engineering, Construction Management) preferred and may substitute for two years of required experience. Six or more years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

In addition to the above qualifications, the successful candidate will demonstrate:
Must be adaptable and flexible. Proficiency with general computer skills preferred. Demonstrated abilities in CSS, Excel, Power Point, API, IRTH, Byers, Access and Word preferred. Demonstrated abilities in problem resolution, presentation skills, customer relations and training required. The Damage Prevention Specialist works a standard day-shift in both an office and field environment. This position is subject to emergency call-outs for storm response and third party damages. Travel is required.

Additional Information
Ameren's selection process includes a series of interviews and may include candidate testing and/or an individual aptitude or skill-based assessment. Specific details will be provided to qualified candidates.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, genetic information, military service or status, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other class, trait, or status protected by law.

Keywords: Ameren Services Company, Champaign , Damage Prevention Specialist, Other , Urbana, Illinois

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