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Senior Engineer– Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) #2207-230600-01

Date Opened
Thursday, March 02, 2023 9:00 AM
Close Date
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 8:25 AM
Charlotte Water
  • $90,387.00 - $100,429.00/year - 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.


Charlotte Water’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) spans 10 years and consists of 100+ water and wastewater utility infrastructure projects and programs. Additionally, the CIP includes vertical commercial/industrial building design and construction projects. These Senior Engineers (up to 2) positions are core members of a small engineering team that works alongside the CIP Program Manager to develop, manage, monitor, and audit the department’s overall CIP and associated projects and programs.   

The CIP team is responsible to develop, maintain, and update standards for project and program controls with an emphasis on cost estimating and forecasting. These positions will work closely with project and program managers reviewing construction cost estimates and varied project and program controls. 

Both positions require a high degree of communication and collaboration across many divisions within the department to assess capital project and program needs and financial impacts. These positions will work across a diverse portfolio of projects and programs with a focus on continuous improvements.   

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Assist the CIP Manager in guiding professional staff responsible for the formulation, monitoring, and auditing of the CIP and associated projects. 
Assist, train, and mentor staff on CIP processes, ensuring consistencies across project justifications, drivers, risks, and schedules. 
Assist with the implementation and ongoing enhancement of the CIP program.
Gather, review, and analyze data, including, but not limited to project justifications, schedules, and cost estimates for over 100+ projects, utilizing e-Builder. 
Assist with existing and new project vetting and prioritization efforts ensuring consistent project rankings.
Collaborate and coordinate with project and program managers across varying project stages, with a focus on areas that directly impact the CIP program, including cost estimates, schedules, and cash flows.  
Assist with the development of project estimating practices across CIP projects including guiding and directing project managers.
Review construction costs estimates. 
Support internal and external audits and project quality activities. 
Compile and analyze data and data trends associated with CIP efforts.
Develop reports and dashboards to provide CIP program data analysis.
Identify issues and enhancement opportunities to support management decision-making and meet departmental goals and strategy. 
Perform varied and complex engineering and capital planning functions. 
Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of fundamental project management principles to project planning, cost estimating, and implementation.
Knowledge of different project delivery methods, including traditional and collaborative delivery. 
Knowledge of capital investment planning and cash flow terminology and strategies. 
Knowledge of principles and practices of utility construction cost estimating. 
Ability to interact and influence managers of projects and programs that are large and complex with the intent to enhance CIP processes.
Ability to audit the processes associated with project management: project estimates, schedules, cash flow, and other financial activities.
Ability to provide effective leadership, collaboration, and interpersonal skills and build consensus among various team members.
Skill in working with Microsoft Products and Trimble Products (e.g., e-Builder software) and preparing data-driven reports.

Preferred Qualification

Prefers licensure as a Professional Engineer.
Five (5) to Seven (7) years of related work experience in design, technical, and/or planning work preferably in civil engineering or municipal capital improvement projects

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or a related field from an accredited school.
Five (5) to Seven (7) years of related work experience in design, technical, and/or planning work preferably in civil engineering or municipal capital improvement projects
One (1) year of supervision or performing as a mentor/team leader for other engineers.

Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations: 
Requires a valid driver’s license.
Requires Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification
Prefers licensure as a Professional Engineer.

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.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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