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Engineering Design & Construction-Career & Training Academy Co-op #2303-005020-06

General Survey, Engineering, and Construction Inspection

Date Opened
Thursday, March 23, 2023 9:00 AM
Close Date
Sunday, April 09, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Water
  • $19.00 - $21.00/hour - Commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Internship


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.


The co-op participant must be able to commit to the full one-year assignment and be available to work an agreed upon weekly/hourly schedule. The training will include exposure to Charlotte Water Engineering division in addition to gaining job readiness skills.

PROGRAM BENEFITS: Assigned mentor/trainer; workplace-ready certification, financial literacy, career pathing, wellness programs, on-site gym

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time/Part-time (Depending on agreed upon schedule)


The City of Charlotte, Charlotte Water Department is accepting applications for the Engineering Co-op position for the Pipeline Academy Co-op Program. This individual will work under the supervision of the Charlotte Water Engineering Division. The candidate can be a student currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program in Engineering, Math, Construction or Project Management, or related curriculum, or have post-secondary experience in the related areas.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Applicants for this position will learn the following tasks as it pertains to the daily work
operations at Charlotte Water. The work will include rotations with various workgroups to experience the full scope of a project.  

Assist in various phases of project development (survey, planning, design, construction and consultant documents, and construction) for
water and wastewater pipeline
Aid in field survey collection (including basic equipment training) and data translation for utilization into Civil 3D
Attend pre-design site walks, pre-construction field meetings, and post-construction project walkthrough (including punch list creation)
Aid in in-house design using Civil 3D of water and sanitary sewer pipeline extensions as well as
minor pipeline improvements, including exposure to field survey, permitting through local and
state agencies, real estate considerations, and construction inspection
Aid in GIS data interpretation, translation, and map creation
Aid in the inspection of construction projects, including field data collection, pay application review, and field decisions
Gain experience with preparing reports, maintaining project data, completing permit applications, and preparing as-built information
Gain exposure to e-Builder, ESRI, and AutoCAD software products

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Proficient with Microsoft Office

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Standing, walking, bending, and light lifting

WORK ENVIORNMENT: While performing duties of this position, employees regularly work in outdoor field conditions and in an office setting.

Minimum Qualifications

Post-secondary experience, current or recent graduate in an accredited college or university ( Associates- Bachelors) with major course work in a related field of study specific to the departmental or work assignment.

Valid North Carolina 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.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


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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