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Senior Engineer #2107-230600-02

Date Opened
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:00 AM
Close Date
Tuesday, August 03, 2021 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • Starting $78,768.87; Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


Professional / This position provides a high degree of internal and external coordination for CATS projects and operations, and functions as a subject-matter expert in engineering. 


The Senior Engineer performs professional civil/rail/transportation engineering work; plans, organizes, reviews, and directs engineering work performed by consultants, and departmental staff; provides subject-matter expertise in the development and design of rail, bus, and other facilities in coordination with other CATS internal divisions, City Departments, State and Federal Government Agencies. Position will work closely with FTA and other related agencies, and CATS Rail Operations, Bus Operations and CATS Safety/Security Teams.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Project management functions such as planning, design, coordination, and construction activities for the CATS Blue Line Core Capacity Expansion projects extending the length of eleven existing two-car platforms to three-car platforms.
  • Project management functions such as planning, design, coordination, and construction activities for the CATS proposed Silver Line project to provide an east-west light rail corridor for the region.
  • Prepare and/or direct the analysis, plans, specifications and cost estimates for rail and bus infrastructure/rehabilitation projects, renovations, new construction, and other civil engineering duties.
  • Conducts or supervises the review of modeling, planning, and engineering studies in support of project analysis and design; prepares reports with analysis and recommendations.
  • Prepare requests for proposals, engineering specifications and bid documents, and review bids for contract awards.
  • Perform final reviews for budgets, schedules, plans, specifications, reports and other documents prepared by subordinates and consultants to ensure regulatory compliance and approval or project design.
  • Review and approve proposed construction plans for development within or adjacent to the LYNX Blue Line, City LYNX Gold Line, and other CATS facilities. Requires significant coordination with CATS Development Division staff, Rail Operations, Safety and Security, City Legal, and Risk Management.
  • Serve as the CATS point person for utility coordination within or adjacent to the LYNX Blue Line, City LYNX Gold Line and other CATS facilities.
  • Provides technical assistance and serves as a lead or supervisor over technical and administrative staff.
  • Prepare a variety of reports, technical, papers, correspondence, other documents and materials required for assigned projects.
  • Represent the project team at technical meetings and before local citizens in public meetings and hearings.

Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of engineering principles and practices of professional specialization in civil and transportation engineering design/construction

Knowledge of the principles and practices of Light Rail and Streetcar Systems design/construction

Knowledge of design plan preparation and bid documents

Ability to apply fundamental and advance engineering principles to project design or planning.

Ability to represent CATS at public meetings, with professional associations, and with the media

Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse work force

Ability to exhibit good customer service skills

Ability to communicate with strong interpersonal skills such as tact, active listening, respect, and calmness

Skilled in producing technical reports.

Preferred Qualification

Experience in the planning, design, and implementation of LRT/Streetcar rail related projects is preferred

Ability to utilize CAD and other engineering/drafting tools.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires BS in civil engineering or related field (Master's degree preferred); registration as a Professional Engineer in North Carolina;

Five years of progressively responsible experience managing civil engineering and construction projects and contracts to include overseeing work of consultants. 

Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, GIS, and AutoCAD is desirable. Excellent written and oral communication skills essential.

Ability to read construction plans

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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