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Senior Engineer - Planning #2211-230600-01

Date Opened
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 10:00 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


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 provides a high degree of internal/external consulting for City projects and operations as a subject-matter expert in a specialized field.  


Work involves some project management functions with emphasis on providing guidance and support to projects in planning, design, and regulatory oversight.  This position provides technical assistance and serves as a lead or supervisor over technical and administrative staff.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Provides professional and technical instruction, guidance, and information to consultants, contractors, engineers, City officials, and the public regarding planning, design, regulatory issues, engineering principles, and standard practices; serves as subject matter expert.
Leads and mentors engineering and technical staff; may supervise the work of professional, technical, and administrative staff.
Provides technical expertise in the development and implementation of policy and standards regarding engineering principles and practices for public and private development within the City.
Develops and maintains list of potential infrastructure projects for a program or division; analyzes and prioritizes projects for maximum impact and return on investment.
Conducts or supervises the review of hydraulic modeling, planning, and engineering studies in support of project analysis and design; prepares reports with analysis and recommendations.
Develops preliminary design for sanitary sewer systems.
Develops maps and other tools in Arc GIS Pro
Ability to build and run hydraulic modeling software.
Identifies project resources and estimates project costs.
Reviews work of architects, engineers, and other project service providers; makes design modifications; ensures regulatory compliance; and approves project design.
Communicates among owners, public, project managers, contractors, and other interested parties in order to obtain input, provide feedback, exchange information, and report project status; attends/facilitates public meetings on projects; and addresses related concerns of home owners.
Performs administrative tasks, such as: approving contracts, invoices, or payments; addressing billing problems; and handling human resource (HR) issues and paperwork.
Provides technical and professional assistance during projects, such as:  sewer overflow reduction; water distribution/transmission improvement; sewer emergency repairs; sewer size and flow evaluations; development of new inventory systems; 
Will be the planning group lead in monitoring flow monitors on the sanitary sewer system.
May also, depending on assigned area:  visit sites; check meters for accuracy; develop technical related training; determine when equipment will need replacing; design testing systems; and oversee and administer the Capacity Assurance Program (CAP) program to ensure capacity in the sewer collection system is not exceeded. 
Handles special projects.
Serves on assigned committees and boards; assists with ISO 9001 certification.
Performs other related job duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of principles and concepts in area of professional specialization.
Skill in communication, both verbally and in writing.
Skill in producing technical reports.
Ability to apply and direct change control principles to project planning and implementation.
Ability to build and run a hydraulic modeling software
Proficiency in Arc GIS software
Ability to apply fundamental and advance engineering principles to project design or planning.
Ability to work cooperatively with other city employees and the public.
Ability to apply conflict resolution techniques.

Preferred Qualification

Prefers licensure as a Professional Engineer (or equivalent credentials in a field of specialty)

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or a related field from an accredited school.
Four (4) years of related work experience in design, technical, and/or planning work preferably in civil engineering or municipal capital improvement projects 

Licenses, Certifications or Registrations: 
Requires a valid driver’s license.
Prefers licensure as a Professional Engineer (or equivalent credentials in a field of specialty)

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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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.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

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

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