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Senior Engineer #2305-230600-01

Date Opened
Monday, May 22, 2023 5:00 PM
Close Date
Friday, June 16, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $80,344 - $100,430/year
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.


The Senior Engineer plans, organizes, reviews, and directs engineering work performed by consultants and the departmental staff. The Senior Engineer provides technical assistance in the development and design of rail and rail facilities in coordination with other internal divisions, City departments, State and Federal agencies. This position will work closely with FTA and other related agencies, and the Project Team on the LYNX Red Line Commuter Rail and Charlotte Gateway Station projects.  This position will prepare, direct and finalize the preparation of plans, specifications, cost estimates, requests for proposals, bid documents, and review bids for contract award.  Additionally, they will work with consultants, contractors, and work crews to resolve construction problems and initiate the appropriate solutions.  Also, they will represent the project at technical and public meetings, as well as hearings. The Senior Engineer reports to the Senior Project Manager.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, reviews, and directs engineering work performed by consultants, departmental staff.
  • Prepare and direct the preparation of plans, specifications, reports, cost estimates, request for proposals and bid documents for contract awards prepared by consultants.
  • Provides technical assistance in the development of design of rail facilities. 
  • Performs final reviews for plans, technical reports, specifications, correspondence and other documents prepared by consultants.
  • Represent the project at technical meetings and before local citizens in public meetings and hearings.
  • As part of your responsibility to support the CATS Safety Culture, report safety concerns and issues through the various methods established by CATS as outlined in the ASP.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Skills to interpret technical plans and specifications.
  • Ability to use project controls software and analyze schedules.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to maintain good working relationships with consultants, contractors, management, coworkers, and the general public, and represent CATS in a professional manner.
  • Proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Adobe, and Bluebeam, and with mobile devices such as tablet computers.
  • Ability to successfully perform project management tasks including the proactive management during project initiation, planning, implementation, and closeout.
  • Ability to apply conflict resolution techniques.
  • Knowledge of Federal Transit Administration standards and processes.

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience managing commuter rail or other rail transportation related projects 
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, GIS and AutoCAD
  • Registration as a professional engineer
  • Master's Degree

Minimum Qualifications

Requires BS/BA in civil engineering or related field; minimum five years of progressively responsible experience managing engineering and construction projects and contracts to include overseeing work of consultants.  Excellent written and oral communication skills essential.

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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