Class Code: 00545








Under general supervision, performs operations research and evaluation or specialized engineering work for the Utilities Division of the Iowa Department of Commerce in the investigation and regulation of one or more types of utility operations; performs related work as required.


The Work Examples and Competencies listed are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be the primary basis for position classification decisions.



Assists supervisor by instructing employees, answering questions and distributing, balancing and checking work; may make suggestions on appointments, promotions, performance and reassignments.

Participates in the appraisal, evaluation, and depreciation studies of utility properties and engineering cost studies to evaluate compliance with Departmental rate making principles and determine the cost of service provided by the utility to the public by examining utility company books, records, operating data, and facilities in the field.

Examines and evaluates information submitted with new service offerings in support of proposed rates to recommend approval, modification, or denial by analyzing construction, maintenance, and operating cost data.

Conducts or directs the investigation of customer complaints and of operation, service, and public safety conditions of utility facilities to determine safety and service by analyzing customer complaints, utility books and records, interviewing involved parties, and making on-site inspection tours.

Provides information for Department presentations to elicit facts needed for proper disposition of contested cases by formulating cross-examination questions for public utility company witnesses and providing input in the preparation of briefs and oral agreements.

Presents and supports the staff position in formal proceedings to assure that all appropriate facts are brought forth by testifying and submitting to cross-examination on technical issues including cost effectiveness of utility systems and alternatives, performance measures, depreciation, cost of service, and other related engineering issues.

Informs the public of anticipated major utility facility additions in order to meet the requirements of the Code of Iowa by acting as the agency representative at informational meetings.

Provides interpretations of professional engineering and regulatory codes to inform agency and public utility personnel by reading and analyzing the appropriate material and applying knowledge previously learned.

Utilizes computer models and engineering applications to analyze information regarding various aspects of utility operations to be used in Departmental policy making, rate cases, staff training, long range planning, or drafting administrative rules or legislation by coordinating all the data gathered and applying acceptable analytical techniques.

Performs as a project leader or project staff member in conducting research projects concerning public utility regulation issues by determining objectives, collecting and analyzing data, forming conclusions based on research and analysis, and summarizing and documenting results.

Identifies and/or develops criteria and evaluates utility data to assure reasonable and adequate utility service to the public at the lowest possible cost by participating in engineering project studies of utility operation, planning, construction, and maintenance.

Reviews engineering data contained in franchise petitions, pipeline permits, and service modification requests in order to determine compliance with engineering standards and federal and state regulations and to make recommendations on adequacy of service by reading the available data and applying the appropriate evaluation criteria.



Knowledge of the principles, techniques and standards of the engineering profession.

Knowledge of the principles, techniques and standards of engineering as they relate to the systems, facilities, machinery and equipment in the utility industry.

Knowledge of valuation principles, such as depreciation methods, cost allocation, and production cost allocations, techniques and standards.

Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies governing the operations of utilities.

Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in rate design, and classifying and allocating utility cost of service.

Knowledge of data processing applications as they relate to analyzing and evaluating utilities engineering data.

Knowledge of research methodologies used in evaluating utility operations and performance.

Ability to evaluate the costs and benefits of alternative plans and operating policies of utilities.

Ability to write computer programs and use computer databases.

Ability to formulate appropriate questions for use by Department legal staff in cross-examination of utility company witnesses in formal proceedings.

Ability to design statistically valid tests and surveys.

Ability to apply principles of public utility regulation, related laws and legal opinions and court decisions, and Departmental rules, regulatory procedures and precedents.

Ability to interact with supervisors, other agency employees, utility company officials, and the public to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to analyze technical data relative to utilities' costs, facilities, operations and services and develop reports, evaluations, and recommendations.

Ability to formulate, test and recommend utility performance incentives based on the results of engineering research and analysis.

As required by work assignments, skill in using test instruments to gather data by which service and operation are evaluated.

Displays high standards of ethical conduct. Exhibits honesty and integrity. Refrains from theft-related, dishonest or unethical behavior.

Works and communicates with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner. Committed to quality service.

Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. Works with minimal supervision. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail.

Responds appropriately to supervision. Makes an effort to follow policy and cooperate with supervisors.

Aligns behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization.

Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity. Fosters commitment and team spirit.

Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Listens to others and responds appropriately.



Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in civil, petroleum, electrical, mechanical, nuclear, or industrial (i.e., engineering management, operations research, or engineering operations) engineering and one year of work experience involving the planning, forecasting, researching, designing, managing, operating, or evaluating of electric, telecommunications, gas, or water facilities or systems;


graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in electrical, mechanical or nuclear engineering which must have included a minimum of twelve semester (or equivalent) hours of energy, telecommunications, or power option course work;


graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in engineering economics, valuation engineering, or depreciation engineering shall be considered a qualifying;


an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year (thirty semester or equivalent hours) of postgraduate course work in accounting, business administration, computer science, economics, finance, statistics, or any engineering discipline listed above for one year of the required work experience to a maximum substitution of one year;


eight years of progressively responsible practical engineering experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience in engineering work which is of a character satisfactory to the State of Iowa Board of Engineering Examiners may be substituted for graduation from the accredited four year course of study in engineering;


employees with current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to twelve months of full time work as a Utilities Regulation Engineer 1 shall be considered as qualifying.



Incumbents in many of these positions will be required to travel and stay out overnight. Incumbents will be required to make arrangements on their own regarding transportation to and from assigned work areas. Some out of state travel may be required as assigned by the agency of employment. Selected positions may require incumbents to provide their own means of transportation in order to conduct state business.


Certain designated positions may require possession of a current, valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer, as issued by the Iowa Board of Engineering Examiners, prior to employment.



For certain designated positions the Appointing Authority, with Iowa Department of Administrative Services Human Resources Enterprise approval, may selectively request those applicants possessing a minimum of twelve semester hours of education or six months of experience or a combination thereof in one of the following areas...


027 petroleum engineering

028 nuclear engineering

029 energy engineering

030 telecommunications engineering

031 engineering economics

032 valuation engineering

033 depreciation engineering

034 cost of service engineering

097 civil engineering

176 electrical engineering

311 industrial engineering

394 mechanical engineering


Applicants desiring to be considered for these positions should be sure to list related course work and experience on the experience and special requirements sections of the application.


Effective Date: 7/85 BW