City of Durham Water-Wastewater Engineer in Durham, North Carolina
$64,915.50 - $100,620.00 Annually
Full time with benefits
Work. Serve. Thrive. With the City of Durham
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Hiring Range: $64,915 - $85,000
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
More than 350 talented, dedicated employees in the City of Durham’s Water Management Department (http://durhamnc.gov/944/Water-Management) work to keep safe drinking water flowing throughout the City and manage wastewater effectively. We lead long-term water and wastewater planning and infrastructure development, regularly treat and test systems for environmental compliance, and engage the public in water conservation to ensure all of our customers have clean, safe water every time they turn on the tap. If you share our passion for managing vital water resources, bring your skills and talent to Durham!
Water Management (WM) has an opportunity for a water/wastewater engineer to manage rehabilitation projects and capital improvement projects (CIP) for our potable water and sanitary sewer collection systems. The City offers 37.5-hour work weeks, generous benefits, and a work-life balance that is rarely matched by the private sector.
WM provides water and sewer service to an area population of over 270,000. In order to provide these services, the WM owns and operates two surface water treatment plants, two water reclamation facilities, roughly 1,200 miles of water mains, and a collection system with 1,100 miles of gravity mains, 33,000 manholes, and 65 lift stations. This position offers exciting technical challenges including projects that involve rehabilitation, expansion, and capacity upgrades with heavy interaction with WM’s engineering and maintenance personnel.
This role provides engineering support, inspection, and professional civil engineering for a variety of water/wastewater projects. Incumbents perform fully proficient advanced journey-level engineering work in planning, surveying, design, construction, and coordination of projects requiring independent evaluation and analysis of issues and the exercise of judgment. Decision-making includes selecting the method to address a problem or issue subject to the constraints established by management objectives and direction.
Engineers are responsible for administering contracts; managing projects, assisting with the coordination of and attending public meetings; prepare reports and presentations; overseeing data gathering and data analysis; assisting with grant applications, reviewing development plans; drafting agreements, ordinances, and council communications; performing field inspections; developing technical specs, and maintaining records.
Manages projects, programs, and assigned department operations; develops and administers contracts; develops operational policies and procedures; establishes project and unit goals; develops project scope, budgets, and schedules; trains staff; improves safety and operational processes; and assists with preparing applications for and managing grants.
Oversees data collection and analysis; conducts engineering studies; creates work plans and processes, identifying locations/areas requiring improvement; recommends and implements engineering and safety solutions; and tracks post-implementation project progress and requirements.
Performs field inspections and monitors operations to ensure compliance with safety and other applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.
Prepares, reviews, and analyzes engineering plans and bids, drawings, reports, contracts, agreements, presentations, specifications, request for proposals/qualifications, and other documentation; drafts ordinances and City Council communications; coordinates the review of and/or reviews design submittals from internal and external staff; develops technical specifications; and maintains records, logs, and databases.
Assists with the coordination of and/or attends public meetings; provides technical expertise and consultation to City departments and external agencies; and provides training.
Designs, implements, and evaluates special projects; may create drawings and plans as required.
As assigned, an incumbent may serve as a lead worker, assigning work and monitoring work completion, or supervise paraprofessional and support staff, to include conducting performance evaluations; coordinating training; and implementing hiring, discipline, and termination procedures
Minimum Qualifications & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a directly related field
Five years of professional engineering experience in the area of assignment.
A North Carolina Professional Engineer (PE) Registration or equivalent
A current, valid North Carolina Class "C" Driver's License; if out-of-state, must willing and able to obtain a NC license in 60 days of hire
Additional Preferred Skills
7 years of engineering experience
Experience with basin planning and projections of water and sewer demands
Experience with hydraulic modeling for water and/or sewer projects
Experience managing public bid for water and sewer expansions or renovations
Contract administration for water/wastewater projects
Methods used in design and operation of distribution and collection systems
Knowledge of applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to design, permitting, and operation of distribution and collection systems
Communicate effectively both in writing and orally
An effective team player
Benefits – General Full-Time Employees
11-12 paid holidays per year
12 standard work days of vacation per year
12 standard work days of sick leave per year, which accumulates indefinitely; sick leave may be used toward early retirement
2 weeks paid military leave per year
Medical, dental, vision, and supplemental life insurance plans
State and City retirement plans
Short and long term disability plans
Paid temporary disability leave for specified conditions
City contribution of 10.15% into the N.C. State Retirement System
Paid funeral leave
Employee Assistance Program - personal and family counseling
Paid life insurance equal to annual salary
48 hours for volunteer work each year*
4 hours parental leave each year
Workman's Compensation Insurance
457 Deferred Compensation Plans
Benefits - Part-Time (1,000 hours or more per year)
401(k) retirement plan (5.0% of salary)
State retirement plan
Benefits Part-Time (Average 30 hours per week over 12 month period)
401(k) retirement plan (5.0% of salary)
State retirement plan
Where did you first hear about this opportunity?
City of Durham Website
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Employment Security Commission
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Do you have a valid, unrestricted, North Carolina driver's license "or" if you currently have another state driver's license, are you willing to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire?
Please select your highest level of COMPLETED education.
Less than a High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED, HiSET, TASC)
High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED, HiSET, TASC)
PhD or Juris Doctorate
How many years of related engineering experience do you have with water/wastewater projects?
No related experience
Less than 1 year of related experience
1 year but less than 5 years related experience
5 years but less than 9 years related experience
9 years or more years related experience
Do you have a Professional Engineer (PE) Registration?
(or if you have an equivalent registration/certification from another state, are you willing and able to obtain North Carolina registration in six (6) months?)
I have a NC Professional Engineer (PE) Registration
I do NOT have a NC Professional Engineer (PE) Registration
I have an equivalent registration/certification from another state, and I am willing and able to obtain North Carolina registration in six (6) months?
Do you have any experience with basin planning and projections of water and sewer demands?
Do you have any experience with hydraulic modeling for water and/or sewer projects?
Do you have any experience managing public bid for water and sewer expansions or renovations?
Do you have any experience with contract administration for water/wastewater projects?
Are you familiar with the methods used in design and operation of distribution and collection systems?
Do you have any working knowledge of applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to design, permitting, and operation of distribution and collection systems?