Civil Engineer, Senior

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, Washington State
$57.96 - $67.49 Hourly
Closing date
Oct 23, 2022

Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is recruiting for an experienced, detail-oriented Senior Civil Engineer to join the Shared Services Division. This position will represent Operations and Maintenance on capital projects, be a subject matter expert for operational needs on projects, repairs, and emergencies.   This position will design emergency repairs, temporary systems and assist SPU crews when design experience is required in the field. They will review consultant and inhouse plan sets for maintainability by SPU crews and may perform review of civil, mechanical, and electrical aspects of projects in conjunction with operations staff in those areas. 

About Seattle Public Utilities: 
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make. 
SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.
Why join us?
We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities


Job Responsibilities


  • Operations and Maintenance Representative providing operational needs for projects.
  • Design temporary piping systems for mainlines, services, hydrants, and other appurtenances.
  • Work with SPU crews, contractors, CM staff, PMs, and engineering design staff on crew work for Capital Improvement projects, to ensure crews and contractor work together and follow COS standards. 
  • Prepare emergency plans as needed for major infrastructure failures, normally working with SPU’s Emergency Engineering team as well as occasionally with the Construction Management Emergency group and on call contractors. 
  • Prepare and stamp final plans and specifications for emergency projects you have overseen post emergency.  
  • Assist CIP project engineers with collecting system information, crew as-built drawings, site exploration and general research of engineering records and operational data for CIP projects.
  • Assist various SPU crews such as Water, Drainage, Wastewater, Mechanical, Electrical, and SCADA with engineering questions related to COS standards and industry standards.
  • Assist SPU crews with researching, evaluating, and testing new tools or materials
  • Conduct site visits of large diameter pipelines located in utilidor systems, dams, treatment plants, headworks facilitates, reservoirs, etc. 
  • Conduct interior inspections of large diameter pipelines to assist in constructability reviews or to gather information about these facilities.
  • Provide construction support including reviewing submittals, attending meetings, and visiting job sites.
  • Research and specify specialized water system elements such as earthquake resistant pipe, joints, etc.
  • Assist staff within the Project Delivery and Engineering Branch (PDEB), the Lines of business (Water/DWW/Solid Waste), and consultants on questions related to SPU’s systems.
  • Coordinate with other City departments or outside agencies related to SPU’s systems.
  • Conduct records research, field visits and conditional assessments of SPU assets.
  • Make presentations as assigned.
  • Provide input to project schedule and Project Management Plans.
    Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 



    Experience: Five (5) years professional civil engineering experience (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience, which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
    Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology

    License, Certification and Other Requirements:

  • Current Washington State driver's license 
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington
  • Work Environment/Physical Demands:
  • Required to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • The Ideal Candidate Should Possess Several of the Following Traits: 
  • Experience in the design of thrust restraint systems.
  • Water system design experience.
  • Drainage and wastewater system design experience.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD or similar CAD software.
  • Have construction management or field operations experience in Water, Drainage, Wastewater and/or Solid Waste. 
  • Experience working at large facilities such as Dams, treatment plants, transfer stations, pump stations, headworks, or operations control centers. 
  • Experience working with operations personnel such as Water, DWW, Mechanical, Electrical, and SCADA crews in the maintenance and repair of existing systems. 
  • Leadership Qualities Such As:
  • Be proactive, responsive, flexible, and organized.
  • Have the ability to motivate team members to produce quality work, on time and on budget. 
  • Open minded and patient with changes and processes.
  • Communicate and work effectively within a multi-cultural workforce serving a diverse customer base.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to give clear instructions as well as follow directions.
  • Work within the organizational framework of SPU Workplace Expectations including our values on Safety, Respect, Diversity, Trust, Humor, Productivity, Integrity, Innovation, and Partnership. 
      Additional Information

    Please complete the online application. Please do not submit a cover letter, resume, or attachments.
    All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.
    Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations.
    Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  

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