Supervising Engineer

City of Austin WaterAustin, Texas7 months ago

This position is considered a working supervisor, performing some individual contributor responsibilities in addition to being a supervisory role. Under the direction of the Division Manager, the Supervising Engineer is responsible for the full range of supervisory responsibilities for engineers and technical professionals focused on the processing of Service Extension Requests (SERs) and execution of other division projects.

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Provides technical advice and direction to internal and external customers. Manages, coordinates, implements, and/or monitors projects/programs including the review of plans and development proposals for impacts related to project/program. Recommends revisions and permit requirements to mitigate negative impacts of development and assures plans conform to City policies. Resolves conflicts in difficult situations.
  2. Develops, manages, and/or monitors the budget of projects. Assists in developing, managing, and submitting proposed budget forecast planning for short- and long-term City planning.
  3. Develops and implements standard operating procedures, policies, codes, and ordinances by applying advanced technical knowledge and applying changes to meet departmental business goals and objectives. Monitors projects for regulatory compliance.
  4. Develops and evaluates a variety projects, programs, and/or plans. Develops long- and short-term planning/strategies for programs.
  5. Develops design criteria. Reviews and/or approves plans and specifications, change orders, and estimates.
  6. Negotiates contract terms, fees, and scope of contract including reviewing monthly progress reports, verifying final quantities and costs, compiling requisite documentation, reviewing change orders, and auditing as-built records. Acts as a liaison among consultants, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, fabricators or suppliers, and the City. Negotiates problems of changes, errors, or deficiencies and ensures compliance with project specifications and requirements.
  7. Attends meetings and conducts presentations to City Council, boards and commissions, and other related agencies. Coordinates and cooperates with other agencies, departments, divisions, and private utilities involved in or affected by project(s).
  8. Interacts with internal and external customers to assess needs by responding to inquiries from the public and other departments about the process, requirements, and procedures of the development process. Investigates and resolves complaints from the public.
  9. Reviews and evaluates technical and management audits.
  10. Develops training and team building programs by determine business needs and scope of work performed by personnel and implementing programs.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of supervisory and/or management skills to programs, projects, and personnel.
  • Knowledge of diversified and fundamental scientific and civil engineering concepts, phenomena, and relationships and utilizes such changes in solution of theoretical or practical civil engineering problems.
  • Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry.
  • Knowledge of modern methods, materials, and techniques of assigned discipline.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: Civil, Environmental, Structural, Architectural, Mechanical, and/or Electrical engineering terminology and techniques.
  • Knowledge of City of Austin budget planning, purchasing, and contract policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of applicability of established engineering principles and methods.
  • Knowledge of phases of the plans review and inspections processes.
  • Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the Local and State ordinances and laws.
  • Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports.
  • Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution.
  • Ability to rapidly and accurately perform more complex engineering computations, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry.
  • Ability to communicate and provide direction to peers and assigned personnel.
  • Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific civil engineering problems and provide practical and cost effective solutions.
  • Ability to observe, compare, or monitor objects and data to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering, plus eight (8) years of related experience acquired either before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer, including two (2) years of which were in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Licenses or Certifications:

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience planning & directing plumbing personnel in the completion of assigned work orders and projects including the installation and repair of plumbing fixtures, water leaks and sewer lines
  • Experience communicating code requirements verbally and in writing to city plan review and inspections staff, architects, contractors, developers and the general public
  • Experience performing complex analysis, such as interpreting code provisions in order to determine compliance with or deviation from application codes and the analysis of alternate methods of compliance or performance-based designs
  • Knowledge of and ability to recognize building codes (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), and related State and Local zoning regulations
  • Knowledge of construction practices
  • State of Texas Master’s Plumbing License
  • Experience facilitating and functioning as a liaison to resolve issues and respond to questions between customers, the City Manager’s Office, City Council and construction code development organizations (i.e., International Code Council, National Fire Protection Association, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, etc.)
  • Experience reviewing customer appeals related to plan review or inspection decisions for complex code issues relating to residential zoning, building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and energy codes
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location, as needed

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