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WGL - Helper Mechanic
AltaGas Springfield, VA

WGL - Helper Mechanic

Springfield, VA
Expired: April 09, 2024 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Washington Gas is thrilled to announce our next Helper Mechanic class, projected to begin in early Summer 2024. Working under the direction of a Crew Lead, Helper Mechanics assists with maintaining and providing safe and reliable gas transportation, supporting the crew by performing manual excavation, and operating pneumatic tools, and other equipment for the maintenance of gas facilities. Helper Mechanics must safely operate company vehicles.

This position requires the ability to work on shift rotation to maintain WGL's 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week operations. Following training, job location may be as assigned at any station within the Washington Gas service territory (VA, MD, and/or DC).

What You'll Do:

Assist with emergency and high-priority situations:
  • Assists the lead person and other senior employees in maintaining equipment in working order.
  • Retrieves the necessary tools and equipment to perform repairs.

Standard Job assignment responsibilities:
  • Responsible for adhering to Washington Gas Engineering & Operating standards and all other company policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for adhering to Federal, State, and Local Codes.
  • Completes or verifies all documents associated with the job.
  • Assures that work is completed within a given timeframe.
  • Responsible for personal and job site safety situations.
  • Installs and removes protective barriers (i.e. shoring material).
  • Follows and adheres to company standards as it pertains to proper excavation practices.
  • Loads and unloads required material.
  • Works in confined spaces
  • Wears a respirator while working in a gaseous atmosphere or confined space.

Operate power tools:
  • Breakers, rammer, clay spade, drills, cutters, saws, etc.

Excavate company facilities:
  • Using hand excavating tools.
  • Awareness and ability to follow proper procedures when excavating near or around other utilities.

Assist in the performance of regular and scheduled maintenance on company facilities:
  • Regular and scheduled maintenance is defined as, but not limited to:
  • Assisting in leak investigations, grading, detection, and surveys.
  • Assisting in valve inspections, drip monitoring; and
  • Assisting in tightening, adjusting, and repairing basic/minor leakage

Interpret company records:
  • Reads and interprets company records, including quad maps, map books, etc.

Communicate effectively with customers and co-workers, both electronically and in person.
  • Professionally represents Washington Gas while communicating with customers to maintain good relations and the Company's prestige.

Stock and equip company vehicles:
  • Orders materials needed for daily activities.
  • Secures and stores materials safely.
  • Disposes of excess debris properly.
  • Keeps vehicle clean and orderly.
  • Follows guidelines for returning damaged material.

Maintain tools, equipment/instruments:
  • Assists with inspecting, testing, and documenting findings for CGI, fire extinguisher, PPE, etc.

In addition to the activities described above:
  • May be assigned to related business support and administrative activities (ex. storeroom cycle counts and audits, peer safety observations, vehicle clean-out, cross-functional training activities, etc.)

What You Must Have:
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent required.
  • Minimum 6 months of experience in auto repair, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, welding, carpentry, landscaping, or other construction field that includes the use of hand tools.
  • 2 years of Military experience accepted in place of 6 months experience.
  • Graduation from Washington Gas training partner program accepted in place of 6 months experience.
  • Must pass the ACT WorkKeys Test and pre-qualifying written and practical exam(s) as applicable.
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Demonstrate good verbal communication skills.

New hires at this level must complete all assigned training modules, qualifying exams, and field clearances, including Flagging and Plastic Pipe Joint (PPJ mechanical) certifications, gas odor recognition testing, and must complete respirator qualifications to include all hygiene requirements needed to wear a tight-fitting respirator.

*Licenses/Certifications: A valid Driver's License is required. Must meet Company driving standards. Must acquire Federal Motor Carrier (FMC) medical card within 6 months from date hired into position.

Shift Work: Required.

Use Of Personal Vehicle: As required.


Washington Gas values diversity in its workforce and encourages United States military veterans and service members who meet the qualifications to apply.

Why work at AltaGas?

AltaGas is a North American energy infrastructure company with a focus on owning and operating assets that provide clean and affordable energy to our customers. AltaGas assets include Washington Gas/WGL, SEMCO, and Petrogas. Our talented team, nearly 3,000 strong, leverages the strength of our assets and expertise along the energy value chain to connect customers with premier energy solutions - from the well sites of upstream producers to the doorsteps of homes and businesses to new markets around the world.

We deliver clean and affordable natural gas to approximately 1.7 million customers' homes and businesses through regulated natural gas distribution utilities across four jurisdictions in the United States and two regulated natural gas storage utilities in the United States. Learn more about our team, vision, and strategy.

To learn more about our mission:

For Canadian hires: AltaGas hires personnel on the basis of job-related qualifications. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to a person's ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status or disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

For U.S. hires: U.S. affiliates of AltaGas are committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical or mental disabilities, political affiliation, genetic information, status as a protected veteran or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.



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