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Engineer - Entry-Level #2310-230100-01


Date Opened
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 1:00 PM
Close Date
Saturday, November 25, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Water
  • $76,593 - $85,102.00 - Commensurate with experience


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 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 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.


Entry level Engineer - Full-time rotational


This position serves as a full-time entry level Engineer for Charlotte Water Engineering Division- Planning and Land Development. During the first 24-months, the position will rotate through different divisions for Charlotte Water Engineering- Planning & Land Development assisting with engineering activities (approximately six months per division). The rotational program introduces the Engineer to the various initiatives, programs, and project management activities within Charlotte Water while gaining valuable engineering experience. Once the rotations are complete, the engineer will be placed on one of the teams listed below.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Design and Construction Division
o Assist in various phases of project development (planning, design, bid, and construction) for water and wastewater pipeline projects
o 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
o Gain exposure to e-Builder, ESRI, and AutoCAD software products

Installation and Development Services (IDS) Division
o Assist with various phases of plan review, construction inspection, and acceptance processes of privately-funded (donated) water and wastewater infrastructure projects including water and sewer connections
o Participate in technical reviews of future permitted assets including, but not limited to: pump stations, force mains, low pressure sewers, water mains, gravity sanitary sewers, water meter services, and abandoning/relocating easements
o Become familiar with the regulatory requirements for water and sanitary sewer infrastructure that may be applicable through laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards

Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Section
o Assist with preparation for the CIP related meetings and project request submissions, covers submission and review of all capital funded projects and programs
o Assist with data analytics related to project costs, schedule and cash flows
o Assist with project tracking using e-Builder (Trimble software package) and project mapping using ESRI software products

Planning Division
o Assist in water and wastewater hydraulic analyses and modeling using hydraulic modeling software packages
o Support engineering studies in support of water and wastewater infrastructure master planning, project analysis and design, and field assessments and data collection associated with existing infrastructure (e.g., water main valves, hydrants, and flow monitoring)
o Prepare portions of engineer reports required for regulatory reporting and regional and departmental initiatives

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of fundamental engineering principles applied to project planning and design of water and wastewater infrastructure
Knowledge of hydrology and hydraulics 
Skill in communication, both verbally and in writing
Skill in producing technical report or components of technical reports
Skill in Microsoft Office Suite products and outputs
Skill in applying civil engineering principles and practices
Ability to plan, prioritize and organize work and complete assignments with minimal supervision
Ability to work well with others in a team environment
Ability to read and interpret design plans
Ability to interact courteously and cooperatively independently and in teams with the public and other governmental agencies
Ability to learn and understand hydraulic, geospatial information system, and project management software packages such as: ArcPro, AutoCAD, Infoworks ICM, and e-Builder
Ability to apply fundamental and advance engineering principles to project design or planning.

The work is light work and requires applying 10 pounds of force frequently exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: feeling, perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, discriminating among sounds, mental acuity, speaking, standing, talking, visual acuity in data/color/observations/equipment/ inspections, and walking.

Preferred Qualification

Exposure to design, installation or maintenance of water and sanitary sewer (wastewater) infrastructure and/or project management of infrastructure projects

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or a related field from an accredited school.
Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification or ability to obtain within one year.

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.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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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