Project Engineer (Water)

City of Orange | Orange, CA

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Posted Date 4/09/2018

Under general supervision, performs various professional field and office engineering work related to the management, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the Water Division's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and water utility infrastructure; provides project management and administration; confers with developers, contractors, and representatives of other agencies regarding water utility infrastructure development; provides plan check for development projects; administers professional services and construction contracts; administers Federal and State grant funds associated with construction projects; provides staff assistance to the Senior Civil Engineer, other departments, and the public in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports; and performs related work as required.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Reviews reports, plans and specifications for a variety of water utility capital improvement projects, ensuring compliance with standards and City requirements; reviews subdivision improvement plans, coordinates facility planning with master plans, general plan amendments, and rezoning applications.
  • Participates in pre-design, pre-construction, and utility coordination meetings and reviews and evaluates the impact of proposed projects.
  • Calculates plan check, inspection and connection fees and prepares conditions of approval; issues construction permits; collects connection fees and miscellaneous engineering fees; confirms connection fees were paid prior to installation of water meters; prepares of reimbursement agreements, including confirmation of reimbursement amounts for management approval.
  • Participates in the establishment of construction methods and project schedules; serves as project manager for assigned capital projects and private developments, and may serve as resident engineer on smaller projects.
  • Coordinates capital improvement projects with contractors, utility companies, other agencies and the public; maintains contract diaries, approving change orders and payments.
  • Coordinates progress meetings and reviews work products; assists in developing the CIP Project scope and schedule; assists in procuring professional services; assists in the negotiation of contracts and task orders; reviews and approves progress payments and change orders in consultation with division management.
  • Provides input on the preparation of the CIP Budget, determines components such as staff time, materials, and equipment to be funded and estimates costs.
  • Coordinates water system construction with operations and maintenance, other municipal public works departments, and special districts; evaluates a variety of requests to obtain approval to connect to the City's water system, and determines eligibility for City service.
  • Interprets drawings and specifications to resolve differences on technical matters, enforces project safety standards, ensures compliance with City water utility infrastructure standards and pursuant to California Department of Health Services standards.
  • Develops requests for proposals, coordinates consultant selection and management, and oversees assigned projects for compliance with budget, quality and schedule constraints.
  • Participates in design activities in preparing plans, specifications and cost estimates; prepares plans for review by a registered engineer as appropriate.
  • Designs and uses a variety of modeling and automated engineering programs to analyze project needs; participates in the review and evaluation of plans, specifications, and proposals submitted by private engineering firms.
  • Participates in the review and update of Water Division engineering standards; reviews industry practices and reviews operation practices.
  • Performs complex analysis, prepares reports, and presents data related to unaccounted water, water demand, usage, and conservation.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of maps, calculations, plans and records; makes a variety of engineering calculations; provides engineering support to division staff; responds to inquiries and provide information to contractors, developers, other agencies and the public.
  • Represents the Water Division with groups, organizations, committees, professional groups, other public agencies, and the public; participates in special projects as assigned.
  • Prepares staff reports and makes recommendations, and may make presentations to Committees and the City Council.
  • Provides administration, public relations, and inspection of water utility engineering projects, including coordinating work with other divisions and City departments, contractors and other agencies, reviewing and inspecting work to ensure conformance with plans and specifications, tracking and maintaining all project accounting, coordinating schedules, and providing public notices of projects.
  • Investigates field problems affecting project design and construction, contractors, maintenance, and operations; responds to citizen inquiries and complaints; provides information to the public at the front counter in person, via telephone, or other means of communication regarding utility information and groundwater issues, and improvement plan check.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
  • May provide technical direction and training to other engineering and technical staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related engineering field and five (5) years of professional and technical engineering design, plan review, and project administration experience, preferably in a public agency setting and/or in a water utility.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid California class C driver's license with satisfactory driving record and automobile insurance.

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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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