Senior Project Engineer

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This position requires experience in delivery of major water and wastewater capital projects                 Please see supplemental flyer below

Purpose/Customer Impact: With minimal supervision, performs a variety of complex and advanced professional level engineering work involving both office and field activities. Supervises engineering and non-engineering staff and staff activities, manages departmental programs and operational budget; performs other related work as required.

Reporting Relationships:  Reports to: Engineering Services Manager

Direct Reports: May include but is not limited to: Project and/or Associate Engineers, Utility Asset Coordinators, Scheduler/Coordinators, Forepersons, Technicians.

Interrelationships: Regular, ongoing partnership with local, state and federal officials, contractors, professional associations, other utilities, auditors, and a variety of external customers. Provides leadership, coordination and direction for assigned work and for direct reports. Regular contact with the District's senior management team and some contact with the Board of Trustees.

Independent Action: Assumes a high degree of operational oversight and supervisory responsibility. Performs full range of engineering duties, and employee management/development. Utilizes considerable initiative, and independence within established policies, procedures, regulations and guidelines. Participates in the strategic business planning process, and implementation.

Essential Accountabilities:

  • Plans, organizes, supervises and reviews the work of assigned staff. Coordinates the efforts of direct reports in meeting the goals of the District, and in developing the business and technical skills necessary for continued success. Ensures focus and follow-through on employee performance and development; direct involvement in hiring process; seeks collaboration and consistency of operation with other PWD departments.
  • Administers assigned programs; develops and maintains program documentation, performs long-range planning with input and support from staff, other District departments, municipalities and regional agencies.
  • Participates in annual budget preparation, presents budget information and updates to Board of Trustees.
  • Monitors operations and activities of engineering function, conducts audits to ensure compliance with workplace health and safety standards, implements necessary corrective actions, implements policies, procedures and standards.
  • Plans, develops, utilizes and promotes the Districts Asset Information Management system to enhance technology and improve work process.
  • Coordinates and plans infrastructure development with appropriate municipal and regional agency staff.
  • Directs, plans, designs, all phases of complex engineering utility projects, including; project initiation, consultant selection, studies, design, contractor selection, construction administration compliance with schedule and budget milestones, and project closeout.
  • Represents the District in public meetings, as a liaison between public entities and between internal and external construction teams.
  • Keeps current with principles, practices and developments in assigned work areas.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Functions: Sitting, standing, walking, bending, twisting, grasping, reaching, visual accuracy, clear verbal and written communication, lifting (max 25lbs), telephone usage, computer and other electronic device usage, and driving.

Minimum Requirements: An individual must be able to perform Essential Job Functions and Accountabilities satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Possess a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in an engineering discipline such as: Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical or Instrumentation. Masters Degree in Engineering, Business or related field preferred.
  • Possess a minimum of 5-7 years of professional experience applicable to water/wastewater utility design including construction and/or consulting, and prefer two years experience in Asset Management.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire date, registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Maine.
  • Class IV Water Distribution System and/or Treatment System Operators License preferred.
  • Possess a valid State of Maine Driver's License, with a satisfactory driving record.
  • Demonstrated success in leading teams and individuals. Minimum of two years direct supervision experience.
  • Demonstrated competency in the following areas: customer service, communication, initiative and organization of work, multi-tasking, safety management, teamwork, technical skills/job knowledge, managing performance/developing others, managing change, leadership/decision making.
  • Demonstrated success as project lead for complex engineering projects. Includes competency in:
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of water/wastewater infrastructure. Includes engineering design computations, prepare and review engineering plans and studies.
  • Application of advanced principles and practices of capital improvement program budgeting cost estimation, funding, project management and contract administration.
  • Advanced design, review, bidding, and construction practices for water/wastewater infrastructure.
  • Understanding and compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, preparing and presenting effective memoranda, correspondence, and reports.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with the public, vendors, contractors, and staff
  • Competent with modern office practices and technology, including personal computer hardware and software applications related to the work such as CAD, GIS, SCADA, asset management databases, hydraulic modeling, MS Office and office productivity software.

The Portland Water District seeks a Senior Project Engineer with experience in major capital projects delivery, in a water and wastewater environment. This position will be responsible for project scoping and budget development, professional and construction services contract procurement and management, and program management of the District's $30 million capital improvements program for our water and wastewaters departments.   The ideal candidate will have experience in project scoping, design, development, and oversight of major capital improvements, including procuring and managing engineering consultants.   Must be familiar with design-bid-build and design-build project delivery, process start-up, testing and maintenance.

The ideal candidate will have a proven record of accomplishment in project management including the ability to develop and implement standard engineering practices, work as part of a project delivery team and ensure detailed record documentation upon project

completion. A BS in Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering is desired. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar position is desirable.

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