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Engineer - Planning/Design #2211-230000-01

Date Opened
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 1:00 PM
Close Date
Friday, December 23, 2022 11:59 PM
Charlotte Water
  • $64,237.00 - $71,374.00/year - Commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


Charlotte’s local government, with more than 7,000 employees and a $2.39 billion budget, works hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play.

Charlotte Water is an enterprise department of the City of Charlotte and one of the largest public water and sewer service providers in the southeast with 300,000 customer accounts and over 1000 employees. Our service area includes the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mint Hill, Matthews and Pineville. Charlotte Water’s FY 23 budget is $535M and a five-year capital program of $2.5 billion.  We enjoy the highest credit ratings from all three major credit rating agencies as a result of sound financial planning and management and strong support from our City Council.  We value competent, skilled candidates with a customer service focus to work in a team environment.


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.


This position is an entry level position on the Water Distribution Planning team within Charlotte Water’s Engineering Planning Section. Charlotte Water’s Engineering Planning Section is responsible for maintaining and updating water and wastewater master plans and area studies, evaluating operational performance, trends, and forecasts, reviewing proposed growth and development within the Charlotte Water Service area, and identifying and communicating needs to update and maintain Charlotte Water’s CIP Program. 


Work involves initiating projects; performing preliminary design; applying professional engineering principles; coordinating/planning project review meetings; reviewing drawings/specifications; and performing project inspections.  This position involves conducting studies for project consideration, proposing future projects, and assisting with current projects.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Participates in the development of lists of potential infrastructure improvement projects to be included in the capital investment plan and/or business plan for the utility.
Assist other staff members in creating meeting materials for the annual CIP and serve as a planning representative in CIP meetings.
Participates in engineering studies in support of project analysis and design. Implementing field testing plans for through equipment installation and operation of in-line valves, blow-offs, air releases, and hydrants during field testing and evaluation activities.
Perform as the primary on-site representative for data collection activities related to Master Planning/ Area Study activities and system evaluations. As the group’s primary on-site representative for data collection, work hours may periodically change to match work hours for contractors, subcontractors, and field operation crews.
Coordinates and reviews the work of contracted engineers, City staff, and other project service providers; provides old drawings and water project files to assist with current projects.  
Facilitates communication between the owner, project manager, contractors, other governmental agencies, the public, and other interested parties.
Calculates cost estimates and identifies resources needed for projects.
Prepares reports detailing the quantitative and qualitative analysis performed; makes recommendations.
Conducts a programming assessment to determine infrastructure, facility, and other project requirements.
Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records for equipment and inventory of equipment. 
Review rezoning petitions from city planning and coordinate responses from Installation and development services.
Provide comments to applications received by other Charlotte Water teams and Requests sent to Charlotte Water Planning.
Assist with updating regulatory and utility partnership reports.
Utilize ArcGIS to create various map for use by Charlotte Water staff.
Develops preliminary plans and reports using ArcGIS and other GIS Tools.
Provides technical support to Charlotte Water Staff.
Performs other related job duties as assigned by the Water Distribution Planning Senior Engineer or Planning Division Manager.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of fundamental engineering principles.
Knowledge of project design and planning.
Skill in using GIS and similar technical support equipment/tools.
Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to develop technical reports.
Ability to apply conflict resolution techniques.
Ability to work cooperatively with other City employees and the public.

Preferred Qualification

Prefers Engineering Intern (EI/EIT) designation.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or a related field from an accredited school.
One (1) year of related work experience, preferably experience in design or technical planning for civil engineering projects.

Licenses, Certifications or Registrations: 
Requires a valid driver’s license.

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.

As of October 1, 2021:

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.

The city is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

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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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