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Principal Engineer - Water Services Department

Company: Glendale Fire Department
Location: Glendale
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:


Under general direction, performs administrative and advanced professional engineering work and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to area of assignment. This position will be assigned to the City of Glendale's Water Services Department, which is seeking a results-oriented Principal Engineer with professional engineering experience in capital planning, assessment, design and construction of Water Treatment, Water Reclamation, Water Distribution, and/or Wastewater Collection systems. This assignment requires the use of strong leadership skills including independent judgment, initiative and interpersonal skills in developing and implementing the capital program for the Water Services Department. This position implements the capital program through coordination with direct reports, Water Department staff, Engineering Department staff, consultants and contractors. Work is performed under the general direction of a Deputy Water Services Director and performance is evaluated based on results achieved.

Note, applications will be accepted until a sufficient amount is received.

Essential Functions

Note: Specific functions, required knowledge, skills and abilities may vary depending on assignment.

  • Follows personnel and department policies and operating procedures; demonstrates respect, tact, and courtesy to coworkers, contractors, consultants, and general public.
  • Plans, organizes, and manages the activities of assigned staff within department.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and approves civil engineering studies, designs. or plans for area of assignment.
  • Coordinates city projects with other departments, municipalities, and agencies.
  • Prepares written and oral reports for City management, City Council, other departments and the public.
  • Coordinates communication of engineering issues within the department and organization.
  • Maintains technical or professional knowledge through such means as attending seminars, reviewing professional publications, attending classes or participating in developmental activities.
  • Represents the City on professional and technical committees.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Water Services:

  • Responsible for Water Services engineering projects and acts as the City's technical engineering expert in Water Services.
  • Provides engineering technical expertise and review of water and wastewater projects and facilities.
  • Responsible for the short-and long-range planning, cost estimating, and implementation of the department Capital Improvement Program, and assists with identifying project priorities and timing.
  • Prepares capital project estimates and carry overestimates for budgeting.
  • Conducts scope and fee review for assessment, design and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
  • Develops scope of work; reviews solicitations documents; and participates in consultant and contractor selection.
  • Performs site inspections of water and wastewater system and facilities.
  • Coordinates with Engineering project manager to successfully implement projects
  • Acts as an engineering technical resource for Operations and Maintenance staff.

Minimum Qualifications/Special Requirements/Success Factors

Bachelor's Degree in an Engineering specialty such as Civil or Water Resources, and five years of increasingly responsible experience as a professional engineer in the area of assignment (water/wastewater engineering) including one year of lead or supervisory experience.

Knowledge of:

The theory, principles and practices of civil engineering

Professional literature and sources of information for the discipline in area of assignment

Research and statistical methods and procedures applied to discipline in area of assignment

Project contracts and project delivery methods to include, job order contracting, construction manager at risk, design bid build etc.

Project management and supervisory practices

Public works design, standards and construction methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works projects

City and state laws, ordinances, statutes and regulations governing municipal engineering

City's public works infrastructure

Basic contract law, bond and insurance requirements

Ability to:

Effectively supervise and evaluate the work of subordinate personnel

Prepare and monitor a division and/or project budget

Prepare or review plans, designs, and project specifications

Sign and seal engineering plans and documents

Make decisions regarding project priorities, costs, and alternatives

Perform research, analyze findings, prepare and present reports to city management

Effectively communicate both orally and in writing

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with city staff, contractors, and the public

Operate a computer and engineering applications

Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.

Special Requirements:

Registration as a Professional Engineer at time of application

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona within six months of hire

Valid Arizona Driver's License

Applicants will be required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and will be subject to further drug and alcohol testing throughout their period of employment in accordance with City of Glendale Substance Abuse policy.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

Operate city vehicles

Climb stairways, ladders, and work on elevated structures

Traverse uneven surfaces

Traverse long distances during workday with or without an accommodation

Work in stationary position for considerable periods of time

Extensive reading and close vision work


Most work is performed in a City office environment with some work performed outdoors on site moving over rough terrain. Exposure to heat, cold, dampness, dust, pollen, odors, fumes, etc.

Exposure to hazards of electrical shock, falls, noise, equipment operations, etc.

Keywords: Glendale Fire Department, Glendale , Principal Engineer - Water Services Department, Other , Glendale, Arizona

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