Supervising Engineer (Facility Engineering – Water & Wastewater)

The Details

Position Type

Work for Water

Position Title
Supervising Engineer (Facility Engineering – Water & Wastewater)
Position Description

This posting is for the selection of two Supervising Engineers in Austin Water’s Facility Engineering Division. One position will be for Water Facilities, which includes treatment plants, pump stations, and reservoirs. The second position will be for Wastewater Facilities, which includes treatment plants, de-centralized package plants, and lift stations. The Supervising Engineers will oversee a team that implements Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) for Water and Wastewater Facilities. The current CIP budget for Water is $137M for five (5) years (FY22 to FY26). The current CIP budget for Wastewater is $426M for five (5) years (FY22 to FY26). In addition to managing and overseeing CIP projects, this position will also oversee the Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.

Position Salary

$42,500 – $56,310

Position Notes

Working with Austin Water provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, training opportunities and more.

Position Minimum Experience

- Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas.
- Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering
- 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


Preferred Education

Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering

Scope of Responsibilities

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

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 determining business needs and scope of work performed by personnel and implementing programs.

Application Closing Date

April 22, 2021

Application Instructions

All applicants must apply through our posting on to be considered.

Location: Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th St., Austin, 78701

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, with some flexibility.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience successfully leading or supervising engineering teams in the planning, design and construction of water or wastewater facility improvements
  • Experience overseeing capital improvement projects (CIP) related to water and wastewater and successfully monitoring and managing project budgets and timelines
  • Experience developing and evaluating engineering options when considering various treatment technologies, equipment, and processes
  • Experience successfully partnering with process engineers, facility managers, operations and maintenance staff and other pertinent stakeholders in the development of water or wastewater facility improvement projects.
  • Experience overseeing project team members/subordinates and the work of outside consultants and construction contractors to ensure successful project outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience and working knowledge of process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID), process control narratives and their integration into a project’s design, construction and start-up
  • Comprehensive understanding of water or wastewater treatment federal, state, and local regulations and industry practices as well as chemical, biological and mechanical processes used in the municipal water or wastewater treatment industry
  • Ability to travel to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties

Must possess required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • 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.

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