Designer / Senior Designer (Natural Gas Utility)

Date: February 20, 2024

Title: Designer / Senior Designer (Natural Gas Utility)
Reports to: Project Engineer, Project Manager, or Department Manager
Location: NJ Based (Flanders, Hackensack, or Wall, NJ)

Brief Description:

Employee will prepare construction documents and/or permit applications for natural gas distribution or electric utility projects under the direction of an experienced supervisor.

Examples* of work/duties:

  • Performs moderate design tasks (e.g., gas main and service layout, temporary traffic control plan preparation, bill of materials preparation)
  • Performs research and investigations (e.g., review of historic records to determine status of existing gas pipes)
  • Analyzes and interprets data (e.g., use of historic records, aerial photographs, tax maps, and on-street utility markouts to determine system layouts)
  • Works closely with technical and administrative staff (e.g., coordination with administrative staff to ensure road-opening permit applications are properly prepared and delivered)
  • Performs a thorough review of completed work. Staff of all levels are responsible for ensuring the quality of their own work, with experienced staff also responsible for review of others’ work.
  • Senior Designers with relevant experience will also be responsible for training and mentoring entry-level Designers, coordinating with utility clients and public review agencies (e.g., NJDOT), assisting project managers with project management tasks (e.g., schedule and budget related planning), and completing more-involved design tasks (e.g., preparation of detailed plans for horizontal directional drilling under existing roadways)

*Note: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

Requirements (education, licensing, certifications, etc.):

  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology, or related field
  • Designer: 0-6 years of experience, Senior Designer: 3-8 years of experience
  • Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certification preferred (NJ PE license track)
  • Proficient in:
    • Microsoft Office
    • AutoCAD
  • Background check and drug test may be administered for work with utility clients
  • Experience in the underground utility sector or familiarity with linear construction principles is preferred, but not required

Ideal candidates are well-organized, responsible, self-motivated, and detail oriented. They can work quickly without sacrificing the quality of their work product. They take pride in their work and are team-players with a desire to learn.

Work Environment:

Full-time in-office attendance initially required with potential for hybrid in-office/work-from-home option possible once proficient at assigned tasks. Limited field-based work may also be required. Paid overtime possible depending on position and departmental workload.


SCE offers excellent compensation and benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan, and paid holidays for this position.



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“At SCE I have never felt out of place because everyone treats each other with a certain level of respect. This speaks highlight of the work culture and values that SCE has built and continues to grow upon as the company expands.”

— Nicholas I. Green – Gas Utility Department

“I find that in Engineering, being creative to find solutions for Clients is extremely rewarding. Each day at SCE, I am lucky to be involved in challenging work, which allows me to apply my knowledge and capabilities.”

— Erin B. Abline, PE, CME – Land Development Department

“As a Project Engineer, I have my hands on both designing and delivering highly involved projects, while also maintaining interactions and growing relationship with our Clients.”

— David A. Chanda, PE, CME – Water/Wastewater

“I Appreciate having the opportunity to work on design projects as well as utilize many available resources at the company. Additionally, I enjoy putting my engineering and management skills to the test, to resolve any challenges with efficient and creative solutions for our Clients”

— George A. Kostantakis – Gas Utility Department

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