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Senior Engineer - Planning #2305-230600-02

Date Opened
Monday, November 13, 2023 2:30 PM
Close Date
Sunday, December 17, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Water
  • $82,755.00 - $103,443/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 will be responsible for performing engineering analyses on water distribution systems, development and operation of hydraulic models, master planning studies, participating in utility-wide continuous improvement projects, identification of infrastructure needs for the Capital Investment Plan (CIP), and completing regulatory reporting.  


Work performed is of an advanced level and capacity.  This position requires a high degree of internal/external consultation on internal and external projects and operates as a subject matter expert in the area of water distribution systems’ operation, assessments and modeling.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Develops, conducts, or leads the review and reporting of hydraulic modeling, planning, engineering studies, and regulatory requirements in support of water distribution system designs and analyses.
Provides technical and professional assistance during investigations, project design, and construction activities related to: water distribution/transmission improvements; water distribution system assessments (e.g., pressure monitoring and demand impacts); development of distribution system-related inventory systems; and emergency management needs.
Serves as subject matter expert for recommended water infrastructure projects from master plan documents and departmental collaborative groups; includes history of need, triggers for implementation, and coordination of installation.
Supervises technical staff in field activities related to: water system pressure monitoring; distribution system fire flow performance; inventory survey and assessments; and C-factor testing. 
Develops maps and other tools in Arc GIS Pro; trains team members and others as necessary.
Completes and distributes reports and results related to water distribution system regulatory and voluntary reporting. 
Oversee compliance of project management activities including workflows related to contracts, invoices and payments. 
Performs other related job duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of Federal and State rules governing public water systems.
Knowledge of engineering principles and concepts in area of water system infrastructure design, installation, and operation.
Skill in Arc GIS Pro software; Microsoft Office Suite products; must be able to learn new software products as needed.
Excellent oral and written communication skills on both an individual level and for larger more diverse audiences as well as conflict resolution.
Skill in producing technical reports.
Ability to apply and direct change control principles to project planning and implementation.
Ability to work in a diverse work environment, managing many varying priorities and needs for engineering service.
Possess or ability to gain a good working knowledge of the City of Charlotte’s Land Development and Mecklenburg County’s Code Enforcement processes.
Ability to learn, interpret and enforce Charlotte City Code and Charlotte Water policy.
Ability to build and run a water distribution hydraulic modeling software
Ability to apply fundamental and advance engineering principles to project design or planning. 
Ability to make decisions based on independent sound judgment as well as take initiative in a collaborative nature.
Ability to lead and mentor engineering and technical staff.
Ability to work cooperatively with other city employees and the public.
Ability to apply conflict resolution techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or a related field from an accredited school.
Five (5) years of related work experience in planning, design, and/or technical, work preferably in civil engineering or municipal capital improvement projects 
A minimum of 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.
Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE).

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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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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