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RRC - Engineering Specialist I-II/Surface Mining and Reclamation

at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted: 8/23/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 00006721

Job Description

General  Description


The Railroad Commission of Texas seeks an Engineering Specialistto work within the Applications and Permits (A&P) Section of the SurfaceMining and Reclamation Division (SMRD).  Majorresponsibilities include the review of operations and reclamation planinformation contained in surface-mining permit applications and providing anopinion as to whether the information is in compliance with the Texas CoalMining Regulations. This position offers the opportunity to review engineeringplans and provide analysis of environmental information to determine complianceof mining permit applications with the Regulations. The successful candidatewill collaborate with professionals in industry and other state/federalagencies. Training specific to the application of engineering and environmentalprinciples in the regulated coal mining industry will be provided through anationwide training program.  Thecandidate will work under the supervision of the Applications and PermitsManager. The ideal candidate enjoys learning, has some technical and regulatoryaptitude, is friendly, professional, and enjoys advanced problem solving.

Note:  Technical writing skills are essential for this position.  Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide technical writing sample, completed within last three years, of no more than 500 words


EssentialJob Duties


Reviewpermit applications (new, renewals,revisions, transfers, bond updates, reclamation cost estimates, and bondreleases) to determine whether they meet regulatory requirements for approvaland issuance.
Prepare detailed reports providing a professional opinion regardingthe adequacy of an application in meeting Regulatory requirements with respectto operations and reclamation plans, civil structure design, and surface-waterhydrology information for the technical areas listed below:
Responsible for technical evaluations of submissions in some or allthe following areas of expertise
Design plans for roads and surface-water control structures such asponds and drainage channels
Mine reclamation cost estimate evaluation using knowledge of miningtechniques, volumetric calculations, and equipment productivity calculations
Modeling techniques for engineering design plans of roads andsurface-water control structures
Assessment of impacts of surface-mining activities on the hydrologicbalance and surface-water monitoring data and hydrologic analyses.
Assist field personnel in field evaluations and aid other permitting staff.
Facilitatecompletion of processing of multidisciplinary applications as projectcoordinator.
Identify program changes and/or special projects to improve programeffectiveness, and assist in the implementation of such through a formal,established procedure.
Respondeffectively to inquiries and requests from the regulated industry and thepublic.
All evaluationreports may be subject to being presented as evidence in administrativehearings and reviewer may need to provide expert oral testimony at such hearings.

This position requires some travel.

State Classification: 2127, 2128
State Classification Title: ENGINEERING SPECIALIST I, II
Salary Group: B17, B18

Military Occupational Specialty Codes (MOS):
Army – 12H; 72D; 12
Navy - EA; 753X; Construction; Restricted Line (Engineering Duty)
Coast Guard – ENG13; Engineering
Marine Corps – 8831; 13
Air Force – 3E5X1; 32EX; 3E; 32

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_EngineeringandDesign.pdf




·   Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Engineering or a field related to remediation/environmental restoration.

·   One or more years relevant professional workexperience.
·   Valid Texas Driver's license and a good driving record.
·   Experience and education may substitute for one another on a year-for-year basis.

Note:  Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide technical writing sample, completed within last three years, of no more than 500 words.




·        BS in Civil, Environmental or Mining Engineering, or related field.

·        Experience in the design and construction of civilstructures such as roads, ponds and drainage channels.

·       Experience in the preparation of project schedules andestimates.

·       Experience in surface mining techniques.

·       Experience dealing with consultants and regulatory agencies.

·       Experience with environmental regulations.

·       Experience with CAD or GIS software for assessment and map production.

Knowledge,Skills, and Abilities


·       Knowledge of surface mining techniques.

·       Knowledge of productivity calculations for heavy earthmoving equipment.

·       Knowledge of surface-water quality and quantity analysis.

·       Knowledge of hydrologic modeling

·       Skill in the use of Microsoft Windows-based computersystems, CAD and GIS software.

·       Effective writing, reading, grammar and communicationskills.

·        Demonstrated excellent organizational skills.

·       Ability to address issues/concerns in a professional mannerwith Division staff, industry representatives, members of the public, andgovernmental officials.

·       The ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally andin writing.

·       Ability to address issues/concerns in a professionalmanner.

·       Ability to respond to high pressure situations andmeet changing demands and timelines.

·       Proficient in the use of computer systems utilizingMicrosoft Office Suite and database systems.


Additional Requirements

·       Ability to work other than Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

·       Position requires ~25% overnight travel.


Mustbe willing to work in all types of weather conditions when out in thefield.  Must be able to walk severalmiles in inclement weather conditions and over uneven terrain while exposed towildlife and poisonous plants.


Thephysical requirements described here are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of thisjob. 

Ability to lift and/or move50 pounds.  Must be able to operate stateowned vehicles in inclement weather and all types of driving conditions.

Remarks: There is one available position. Official transcripts, DD214 or DD1300, copies of license/certifications, or other minimum requirement validations will be requested at the time of the job offer.


Due to the high volume of applications we do not accept telephone calls. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Notifications to applicants are sent electronically to the email address you provide.

The Railroad Commission of Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age
or disability in employment or in the provision of services.
The Railroad Commission of Texas is a smoke-free workplace