Utility Engineer

  • City of Auburn, AL
  • Auburn, Alabama
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Engineering Utilities
  • Salary: $6,675.93 - $7,971.41 Monthly USD

Job Description


This position is responsible for performing engineering duties related to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of water and wastewater assets and for supporting the work of other managers within the Water Resource Management Department.


Performs and coordinates development reviews. (25%)
o Coordinates review of submitted plans.
o Coordinates with engineers, developers, and contractors regarding design regulations and construction standards.
o Compiles and submits department comments.
o Serves as department representative to the Development Review Team.
o Reviews plan revisions.
o Reviews submittals for developments.
o Reviews and coordinates inspections related to as-builts for completed developments.
o Provides confirmation of preliminary and final acceptance of water and sewer infrastructure.

Directs the Utility Asset Mapping Program. (15%)
o Imports, edits, and maintains the GIS database for water and sanitary sewer.
o Coordinates with water and sewer divisions and with other department personnel to obtain missing information and new infrastructure data.

Acts as WRM representative for Development Coordination and Planning Department reviews. (10%)
o Attends meetings with other departments and with developers and engineers regarding future developments.
o Reviews all submitted plans, easement agreements, lot layouts, etc.
o Serves as liaison to the Planning Commission.
o Provides information to developers regarding existing water and sewer infrastructure, water and wastewater design requirements, and erosion and sediment control regulations.

Serves as WRM representative for COA Development Reviews. (10%)
o Works with other departments to coordinate water, sewer, or watershed related work items.
o Works with other departments in the development of WRM property.
o Prepares cost estimates for projects.

Plans, designs, and manages water and wastewater infrastructure projects. (10%)
o Performs engineering design calculations and analyses for infrastructure expansion projects.
o Uses engineering judgment to determine the most suitable, economical, and appropriate routes for water and wastewater infrastructure expansions.
o Prepares reports and performs analyses of water and wastewater system needs and plans.
o Manages contractor performances; conducts on-site meetings and weekly inspections.
o Performs project management for water and wastewater construction and rehabilitation projects.
o Evaluates filed changes for construction and negotiates change orders.
o Documents, reviews, and approves all project communication, payments requests, and inspections.

Obtains easements and Hold Harmless agreements. (5%)
o Generates easement agreements and documents and Hold Harmless agreements.
o Coordinates with property owners or developers to obtain agreements.
o Submits agreements to City Council or Water Works Board for approval.
o Coordinates the recording of documents.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned personnel. (15%)
o Interviews, selects, and trains assigned personnel.
o Assigns, motivates, appraises, and directs the work of assigned personnel.
o Recommends discipline and terminations of assigned personnel.
o Reviews work and counsels and coaches subordinates as appropriate.
o Oversees safety of assigned personnel, facilities, and equipment.
o Coordinates schedules of assigned personnel.
o Reviews and approves timesheets.

Performs related duties. (10%)
o Demonstrates punctual, regular, and reliable attendance.
o Attends meetings, workshops, and training sessions.
o Provides innovative solutions to enhance current processes and procedures and/or resolve workplace issues.
o Performs other duties as assigned.


• Knowledge of civil engineering topics, including hydraulics, water and wastewater treatment, water distribution and storage, wastewater collection, pumping systems and water quality.
• Knowledge of watershed and stormwater analysis, erosion control and monitoring practices.
• Knowledge of surveying, surveying equipment and the reading of field survey data.
• Knowledge of construction standards, City of Auburn and Auburn Water Works Board standards.
• Knowledge of engineering material specifications.
• Knowledge of construction methods and practices.
• Knowledge of national, regional and local design standards for water and wastewater infrastructure.
• Knowledge of water distribution and wastewater collection system management principles and practices.
• Knowledge of storm water quality best management practices, use and maintenance.
• Knowledge of modern office procedures and methods.
• Skill in supervision of subordinate personnel and management of contractors.
• Skill in performing engineering design calculations and analyses.
• Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs, including ArcView, ArcMap and related GIS tools; CAD; distribution and collection system modeling software; hydraulic modeling software; asset management software; Microsoft Office products; and other engineering design tools.
• Skill in reading maps, blueprints and construction plans.
• Skill in organizing and prioritizing work assignments.
• Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
• Skill in oral and written communication, including technical writing skills.
• Ability to work cooperatively with others and to work independently.


The Water Resource Management Assistant Director assigns work in terms of division goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of division activities.


Guidelines include Alabama Department of Environmental Management regulations; Corps of Engineer regulations; Ten States standards; Water Environment Federation standards; Alabama Department of Public Health regulations; American Water Works Association standards; American Society for Testing and Materials standards; the International Plumbing and Fire Code; the City of Auburn Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations; City Code; Auburn Standard Construction Specifications and Details; material manufacturer recommendations; the Alabama Handbook for Erosion Control, Sediment Control and Stormwater Management on Construction Sites and Urban Areas; US Department of Agriculture TR-55; City and department policies and procedures; and City of Auburn Core Values, Vision, and Mission statements. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.


• The work consists of varied engineering, supervisory and management duties in support of water and sewer system and associated construction projects. Strict deadlines and the number of emergency situations that arise contribute to the complexity of the position.
• The purpose of this position is to provide engineering support for construction projects through technical expertise in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of water and collection and treatment system assets and to support the work of other department managers. Success in this position contributes to sustainable capital assets and quality infrastructure within the City of Auburn.


• Contacts are typically with co-workers, consulting engineers, representatives of state and federal regulatory agencies, surveyors, contractors, inspectors, developers, maintenance personnel, material suppliers, attorneys, realtors and members of the general public.
• Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, defend or justify matters, and provide technical support and customer service.


• The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing or stooping. The employee occasionally lifts light objects weighing less than 24 pounds.
• The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather.


This position has direct supervision over the Utility System Technician, Utility System GIS Specialist, and assigned personnel.


• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering; and
• 5 to 7 years of related experience; or
• Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
• Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
• Certification as a Professional Engineer.

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