Performs entry to intermediate-level project management responsibilities for less complex projects, under the review of a higher-level engineer. Reviews, plans, and designs increasingly more complex Utilities Department projects. Performs related work as required.
Some leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The Utilities Engineer I classification is distinguished from Utilities Engineer II by less complexity and diversity of assignments.
Position Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30a.m.-4:30p.m.
Hiring for a Utilities Engineer I or Utilities Engineer II. Please see both postings and job descriptions for details.
Seeking candidates with experience or good working knowledge in one of the following areas: water treatment, water distribution, or wastewater treatment, with willingness to grow in all three fields.
Examples Of Essential Duties:
Plans and manages major portions of Utilities projects including design, contract administration, inspection, approval and evaluation;
Executes assigned capital improvement projects and studies by procuring and directing the work of consultants and contractors, maintaining project schedules and budgets, preparing reports, preparing engineering designs, bidding and implementation of engineering plans and construction projects, coordinating resources, ensuring conformance with internal policies, engineering standards, and regulatory requirements, updates and uses water system hydraulic model, and responding to customer concerns and inquiries;
Performs complex research on proposed projects; writes technical reports and maintains a wide variety of records;
Develops engineering plans, designs and specifications for the City's Utilities Department;
Gathers required information for budget development;
Identifies and solves increasingly more complex range of engineering problems;
Interacts with consultants, contractors, regulators, operations and professional staff, members of the public, and other stakeholders; therefore, effective verbal and written communication skills in a variety of settings are essential;
Evaluates and authorizes changes with contractors at the worksite with prior confirmation from a higher-level engineer;
Develops specifications and designs, and provides design review of in-house capital improvement and construction projects;
Provides engineering support to construction, maintenance, and operations at Water Pollution Control and Water plants;
Develops project limits, scope and costs for current and proposed water system construction activities;
Outlines project specific issues and prepares design parameters and special provisions for bid documents;
Makes presentations at Public Information Meetings, communicates with and responds to property owner issues regarding water construction projects;
Assists with Capital Improvement Program through preparation of project description and budgets, construction cost estimates, design, coordination, bid, document preparation and construction phases;
Coordinates and communicates with Construction Administration staff, Consultants, and Contractors regarding Water and Water Pollution Control construction projects;
Coordinates and communicates with Development Services Department regarding Water and Water Pollution Control issues;
Coordinates distribution system information requests;
Responds to distribution system information requests from engineers, developers and other departments;
Presents and discusses project related issues before interdepartmental project coordination group (example: Public Works and Utilities CIP Manager's Meeting);
Determines project surveying needs and coordinates requirements with survey and design personnel;
Reviews project manual, plans and specifications for Utilities and Public Works projects, prepares review comments and communicates with designer;
Provides input on policy and practice issues;
Assists with the identification of water and wastewater facility system infrastructure component deficiencies;
Collects and analyzes data and conducts field review of current and proposed projects to determine project scope, needs and projected resources;
Develops construction and engineering reports and estimates project costs for current or planned water and wastewater facility projects;
Prepares feasibility studies;
Assists in researching and analyzing contractors extra work proposals;
Assists with the preparation of grant applications;
Assists with the evaluation of capital improvement project requests, develops options and recommends engineering actions;
Assists with the selection of contract design services, the preparation of Professional Services Agreements and managing consulting engineering contracts;
Assists with the coordination of projects for public bidding, receiving bids, and preparing construction agreement with Contractors;
Assists Utilities Engineer II, Water System Engineering Design Manager and Process & Facilities Engineering Manager;
Develops and delivers presentations and attends meetings, conferences and workshops;
Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices;
Attends work regularly at the designated place and time;
Supports continuous process improvement initiatives;
Performs related work as required.
Required Knowledge and Abilities:
Good knowledge of engineering and project management principles and practices used in the design, permitting, and construction of public water supply and wastewater treatment projects;
Good knowledge of the fundamentals of engineering design;
Good knowledge of Utilities construction project materials, specifications, principles and practices;
Good knowledge of computer applications for engineering, design and mapping;
Good knowledge of the design and drafting of engineering and construction projects;
Good knowledge of mathematical calculations used in engineering design and construction project design and cost estimates;
Good knowledge of surveying principles and practices;
Good knowledge of utility location, easement and construction practices;
Knowledge of and ability to learn, the processes and equipment utilized in the treatment of water and waste water;
Knowledge of and ability to learn, computer applications for engineering and process modeling, design and mapping, project and construction management;
Knowledge of, or ability to learn, land surveying practices and techniques and field data collection using GPS equipment;
Ability to identify common risks and liability implications involved in Utilities maintenance and construction activities;
Ability to apply Engineering expertise in minimizing associated risks and liabilities;
Demonstrates an understanding of how to apply technological advances to more complex work applications;
Ability to plan and manage portions of Utilities projects including design, contract administration and evaluation; demonstrates an ability to define and measure results, and appropriately prioritize work, set and meet deadlines for own work;
Ability to effectively manage "front end" project document management with senior level guidance;
Ability to effectively listen, speak, write and interact within a work group;
Ability to speak and make presentations; demonstrates an ability to produce technical reports and other correspondence;
Demonstrates a verbal and written ability to respond to citizen complaints and requests for information
Ability to interpret and develop engineering plans, specifications and contracts;
Ability to read and interpret applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations governing municipal water and wastewater treatment standards;
Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing engineering calculations and specifications, findings, conclusions and recommendations;
Ability to learn engineering and construction contract management;
Ability to understand contractor cost issues and administration of contracts;
Ability to communicate effectively and maintain working relationships with other City employees, supervisory personnel, contractors, developers, engineers, property owners and the public both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
Ability to operate a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.
Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
Acceptable Experience and Training:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, Electrical, or related field); and
Demonstrated aptitude for analysis, engineering design and construction of water treatment, wastewater processes, and water distribution systems,; or
Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Required Special Qualifications:
Certified as an Engineer in Training (EIT) or Engineer Intern (EI) in the State of Iowa or ability to obtain State of Iowa EIT or EI certification within six months of appointment.
Internal Number: NB193- 02/23/2018
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