Southern Company Investigator in Naperville, Illinois



Nicor Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company Gas (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.1 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit at .

Investigates and documents public accidents and property incidents that result in significant property damage, injury, or death. Investigator for situations involving fire and explosion, safety and security. Provides gas emergency, fire, safety and security training services for Southern Company Gas and external organizations.

T his position is being posted as job family (Investigator I or II).

  • Investigator I – requires natural gas experience

  • Investigator II – requires both natural gas and fire investigation experience

Representative Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Performs on-scene investigation and recovery activities of company employees and federal, state, and private and local public safety personnel.

  • Implements accident/incident scene investigation plans (e.g., fire, explosion, death).

  • Documents, evaluates, and communicates evidence.

  • Identifies possible company liability and makes recommendations.

  • Provides information to public safety officers, SOCO Gas officials, and serves as company spokesperson on-scene.


  • Investigates white collar crimes (e.g., credit card fraud, company vehicle accidents involving serious injury, employee misconduct, workplace violence).

  • Serves local property managers as direct liaison with Emergency Management agencies.


  • Prepares confidential reports for In-House Counsel.

  • Provides technical assistance to Outside Counsel.

  • Participates in depositions, trials, and arbitration hearings.

  • Pulls work order history and records request for counsel.


  • Conducts natural/liquid propane gas emergency training for local, state, and federal public safety agencies; and private sector fire investigators; assists with investigations and prosecutions of arson and related crimes.

  • Conducts training for gas associations and fire academies.

  • Presents and explains natural/liquid propane gas safety programs for other utilities, civic groups, schools, and community organizations.

  • Conducts fire training at SOCO Gas liquid natural gas facilities for employees and local fire departments.

  • Assists implementation of public accident and fire safety programs.

  • Plans and implements/conducts workplace violence, employee personal safety, crime prevention, and bomb threat training programs.


  • Performs security evaluations of SOCO Gas physical assets; recommends changes and improvements; guides implementation of physical security measures to protect AGLR assets and personnel.

  • Serves local property managers as direct liaison with local law enforcement, emergency services, and security personnel for subjects involving safety and security.

  • Provides physical security for executives, company employees, and workplace violence issues.


  • Monitors fire protection and suppression equipment; ensures all systems can provide adequate fire protection.

  • Evaluates fire safety procedures.

  • Monitors fire extinguisher maintenance and inspection programs.

  • Recommends improvements and hazard correction measures.

Education and Experience:

Required :

  • High School diploma or GED

  • Excellent Writing and Verbal skills

  • Ability to be On Call on nights and weekends

Preferred :

  • 3-5 years active fire experience

  • 2-3 years’ experience investigating fires

  • 2-3 years’ experience investigating situations involving security and safety

Preferred :

  • BS/BA in Engineering, Criminal Justice, or Fire Sciences

  • 3-5 years gas company experience in an outside service capacity

  • Working knowledge of gas fired equipment, gas distribution systems; related state and federal laws and regulations; company policies and procedures


  • Equivalent academic education and experience


Required :

  • Ability to use photographic and video cameras

  • Presentation and facilitation skills

  • Well-developed written and verbal communications skills

  • Ability to conduct confidential and sensitive investigations

  • Minimum 25% travel to investigation sites.



  • Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)

  • State (Arson level I & II)

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

  • Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) (Fire)

Preferred :

  • Reid School of Interviewing and Interrogation (Basic & Advanced)

  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

About Southern Company

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at at .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Job Field: Safety & Health

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: GAS2001544