A utilities superintendent is responsible for overseeing all operations and management for a utility company. Utilities superintendents are upper-level managers who are responsible for managing many aspects of the planning, construction, and daily operations of utility plants. They generally work for public, government-run utilities or private utility companies, and are responsible for budgeting and scheduling construction projects of new utility plants.
Utilities superintendents also hire/manage utilities workers, conduct employee reviews, oversee daily operations, and work to ensure the efficiency, safety, and profitability of the utility plant.
A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Public Works, or a related field is required, and long-term experience in utilities is often preferred. Management training and strong leadership skills are necessary. Utilities superintendents are also required to obtain federal and/or state certification in emergency management in many states.
Those in this position will have their own office, but will also work in the utility plant around hazardous machinery in a rather noisy environment. They have many subordinates and will report directly to either the state energy department or company executive. As superintendents, they often work extended hours during the week and weekend and may work nights or overnight shifts in some circumstances. They may also be called-on to provided emergency management in cases of natural disasters.
A utility superintendent must have superior communication skills, as they may have to answer directly to press agencies or address public concerns via interviews or press releases.
Utilities Superintendent Tasks
Plan, organize, and prioritize utilities projects within available budget.
Oversee implementation of and enforcement of safety policies and local and federal regulations.
Write regulatory reports, communications, analytic reports and budget justifications.
Work with stakeholders, contractors and unions to reach agreement and meet needs.