Public Utilities Engineer
Under the guidance and general direction of the Public Utilities Engineering Manager, provides project and program management for the Public Utilities Asset Management Program and Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Also provides technical expertise, troubleshooting, and engineering support to the Department’s operational Divisions.
EXAMPLES OF JOB DUTIES AND STANDARDS
*Manage projects with a wide range of size and complexity ranging from a pipeline replacement to a complex water treatment plant. Projects include all aspects of project development, design, and construction including studies, design and specifications, cost estimates, permitting, bidding, right-of-way & easement acquisition, contract administration, construction management and inspection, and public outreach activities.
*Monitors contractor bid and proposal activities in compliance with City policies and works with City legal staff to prepare and oversee contract negotiation and execution in compliance with City policy. Performs contract administration including approving progress payments, change orders, submittals, and contract related requests.
*Responsible for the coordination of assigned Department CIP’s with other City departments, project managers, consulting engineers, contractors, developers, the public, and other governmental and private agencies.
*Provides technical expertise, operation, and administration of asset management programs including project prioritization, schedule, and budgeting and develops asset management tools such as GIS and Cityworks that support the Department.
*Supervises support staff, Contractors, Consulting Engineers, Architects, and Planners.
* Provides engineering expertise, technical support, and troubleshooting for the Departments operational Divisions.
*Coordinates water system master planning and implementation including water modeling work.
*Coordinates and provides technical review with the City Engineer regarding Department requirements for new development related improvements.
Advise press and media of Department capital projects.
Administers informational technology (IT) system for the Public Utilities Department, including GIS, CMMS (Cityworks), and the SCADA and Telemetry network. Coordinates with City IT Department relative to the Department’s needs and operations.
*Presents oral and written reports and recommendations to DPU Engineering Manager, Public Utilities Director, City Manager, and City Council. Attends City Council and local public meetings as needed.
Other duties as assigned or directed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Demonstrated knowledge of GIS, Cityworks, CAD, water modeling software systems, and SCADA and Telemetry systems.
- Working knowledge of EPA standards, DDW, and DWQ Rules and Regulations
- Working knowledge of OSHA standards and safety program best practices
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public
- Ability to work collaboratively in a self-managed team environment
- Ability to be a positive leader with experience in planning, directing, coordinating, leading, facilitating, teaching and coaching teams involved in water projects.
- Basic knowledge of management techniques, fiscal programming and budgeting, sound construction practices, environmental and federal, state, and local laws governing public works related activities
- Demonstrated knowledge of occupational hazards involved in construction and safety precautions.
- Skilled in interpersonal communication both verbally and in writing, public speaking before various sized groups and media interaction
- Ability to make effective and efficient decisions under critical or emergency pressure based on sound business practices
- Proficient in water, streets, and, storm drain engineering design and construction practices
- Knowledge of applicable codes and specifications governing the design and construction of water and storm drain projects
- Demonstrated knowledge of contracting, estimating, surveying, soil mechanics, construction of building structures, streets, storm systems, and waterlines
- Ability to interpret drawings and technical reports
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
- Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related engineering field
- 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in civil engineering project management, construction management or on-site inspections work, preferably within the water and/or stormwater field.
- State issued driver’s license
- Professional Engineer Certification
- Local water system design and construction management experience
- Experience with pavement management, traffic marking and signage
- Experience with Public Utility information technology systems
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, run, talk and hear.
- The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, controls, or tools. Ability to climb and pull own weight in and out of equipment
- Must be able to reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, taste and smell.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 25 pounds.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Work is performed primarily in a climate controlled office setting. May involved extended periods of sitting, typing on a keyboard, and using a telephone among other office equipment including copier, fax, etc. May also be performed in vehicles and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions including extreme temperature extremes, and includes day, swing and night shifts.
- The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places, and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals.
- Periodic exposure to stressful situations
- May require small amounts of travel to and from meetings, trainings and conferences.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to low.
- Occasional non-traditional working hours which may include evening and weekend meetings.
The physical demands and work environments described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Accommodations will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required by personnel so classified.
*Essential functions of the job