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Plan Review Engineer #2310-230100-03

Date Opened
Thursday, October 26, 2023 10:00 AM
Close Date
Sunday, November 26, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Water
  • $76,593.00 - $85,102.00/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 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.


This position will provide predominantly in office support and assistance to Engineering Project Managers or Engineering Senior Project Managers.


Charlotte Water, a department of the City of Charlotte, is seeking an Engineering Plan Reviewer.  This position is within the Capital Improvements Project Management Group.  The group is responsible for supervising simple to complex civil engineering tasks in connection with the design, construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of public drinking water and sanitary sewer infrastructure.  This person will primarily provide project management support, in addition to assisting in selecting and working with consulting engineering firms to perform preliminary engineering, final design, permitting, bidding and construction phase services for water and wastewater improvement projects.  Typically, this position will work ancillary to one or more Engineering Project Managers or Senior Project Managers in the group to provide support where needed while under their guidance and tutelage.  

Support task examples include: Ebuilder or Project Viewer assistance, meeting management support or organizational assistance. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

This position could provide any assistance necessary to support Engineering Project Managers or Senior Engineering Project Managers, who are responsible to:

Manages tasks within projects to ensure project schedules and budgets are met; ensures construction adheres to contract documents; participates in site inspections and progress meetings with consulting engineer and contractor; resolves conflicts; represents Charlotte Water during negotiations for time extensions and change orders.  
Completes technical review of consultant prepared planning reports, construction plans, cost estimates, schedules and contract specifications for technical competency, compliance with Charlotte Water and regulatory standards, consistency, and constructability issues.  
Coordinates with the appropriate Charlotte Water operational divisions and staff personnel during the various phases of project initiation, design, start-up and acceptance. 
Management of projects via varying delivery methods including traditional and alternative. 
Manages vertical commercial/industrial building design and construction projects, in addition to water and wastewater utility infrastructure projects.
Participate in selecting consultants for engineering services ensuring fair competitiveness and selection of the best qualified; conducts negotiations with consultant firm. 
Ensures that the public affected by the project is informed of the project ramifications, project schedules and that concerns are addressed, and conflicts resolved in a manner that satisfies all parties.  Provide information such that all parties understand the resolution, whether in exact agreement or not.  If a conflict cannot be resolved to a customer’s satisfaction, provide a complete understanding as to why a request cannot be granted. 
Conducts pre-construction and site conferences. 
Assists the real estate division in acquiring rights-of-way. 
Generates project cost estimates, estimated schedule and associated cash flows.  Update budgets and schedules for multiple ongoing projects. 
Manage multiple projects of varying scope and complexity.  Ensure department leadership is aware of status.  
Review accuracy and completeness of invoices and construction payment applications in a timely manner.  
Performs related duties as required. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding of fundamental engineering principles to project initiation, design, implementation, construction, or closeout. 
Ability to work cooperatively with other City employees and the public.
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Ability to apply conflict resolution techniques
Ability to develop technical reports
Self starter who can effectively stay on task with minimal oversight once a skill has been taught. 
Ability to work with diverse teams. 

Preferred Qualification

Certification as a North Carolina Engineering Intern or the ability to obtain certification within 1 years is preferred.
Candidates who have passed the FE exam are preferred.  
Work experience (including internships) or schoolwork (classes or projects) related to water/sewer distribution, treatment facilities and collection or commercial/industrial building design and construction are preferred. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (Construction Management, or related field will be considered)  

Requires a valid NC 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.

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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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