Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Utilities Engineer III
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$6,627.00 - $8,078.00 Monthly
$79,524.00 - $96,936.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location:220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

Are you an experienced engineer who enjoys providing superior service to both internal and external customers in a public sector setting?  Are you able to meet challenges head-on and develop innovative solutions that lead to improvements in the services of your organization?  If working in a fast-paced, collaborative and project-focused engineering environment sounds appealing, the City of Kent's Utilities Engineer III position may be ideal for you!

This is a temporary limited term (TLT) position.  This is a benefited position that is not represented by a union.  Per City policy, the term of this position shall not exceed six (6) years.  There is one vacancy that will be filled via this recruitment process. 

A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete; incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your online application after is has been submitted.  If you experience technical issues, please feel free to call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.

Employees in this classification are considered exempt and are eligible for management benefits.

The selection process for this position will consist of an interview with finalists moving forward to an additional interview at a later date.  The first review of applications will be conducted two (2) weeks from the date of the vacancy posting.

Under the direction of the Public Works Operations Manager, perform a variety of professional engineering duties in planning, programming, design, analysis, and development of Public Works utilities and other municipal projects.
Work is characterized by experienced and advanced-level professional engineering duties related to public utilities (water, sanitary sewer, storm drainage) and other municipal public works projects. The incumbent is also required to prepare engineering plans/specifications for utility improvements, Request For Proposals (RFPs),  and Request For Qualifications (RFQs); review both private and City construction plans and specifications; oversight of engineering projects; serve as Project lead to consultants and/or contractors; provide construction support, including inspection; providing engineering and technical expertise; communicating with internal and external customers; representing the City at assigned regional committees; and maintaining a variety of engineering records. The incumbent may come in contact with irate or hostile individuals, requiring the exercise of tact, patience, courtesy and judgment.
Work is performed under limited supervision. The manager sets the overall objectives and resources available. The incumbent and the manager work together to develop deadlines and identify the work to be completed. The incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives. The incumbent keeps the manager informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications. Work is reviewed only in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform duties involved in the oversight, review, and/or preparation of the design of domestic water, sanitary sewer, storm drainage infrastructure, and other municipal civil engineering projects in accordance with established standards.
Perform engineering review of project plans and specifications for construction of Public Works facilities and for private improvements submitted to the City as part of the development process; recommending changes, corrections or providing feedback as it related to maintenance support and compliance with established standards.
Provide engineering support to the construction phase of private development projects. Work with project inspectors, Economic and Community Development engineering staff, private development engineers, and operations and maintenance staff to resolves issues that arise during the design and construction phases of development.
Provide engineering and technical expertise to City staff and the public; provide utility engineering expertise to City design projects as requested.
Review, approve, and/or prepare project plans, specifications, and permits as needed; define project size, scope, limits, and intent; and review related work assigned to engineers.
Communicate and coordinate work with engineers, consultants, property owners, developers, internal staff, other agencies, and the public to exchange information, facilitate work processes, and resolve conflicts.
Work to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, elected officials, utility companies, property owners, engineering consultants, and City staff; resolve concerns, issues, and complaints as necessary.
Act as senior project lead for large planning studies including the water and sanitary sewer comprehensive plans; develop and oversee scopes of work, budgets, and project schedules. Develop and implement public outreach plans.
Oversee and/or prepare calculations and right-of-way drawings involved in the acquisition of public rights-of-way and easements.
Prepare, review, and/or edit correspondence written by administrative staff prior to mailing.
Attend bid openings, hearings, and other meetings concerning Public Works projects; answer questions from contractors, bidders, developers, and the general public.
Make recommendations to supervisors regarding expenditure of public funds based on knowledge of infrastructure condition and budget limitations.
Select consultants; review scope of work, contracts, reports, and plans.
Represent the City in technical advisory committees for other municipalities.
Visit construction sites to inspect work progress and compliance with approved plans and specifications.
Maintain related data and records and prepare comprehensive plans and reports, such as the water comprehensive plan, conforming to related federal, state, and city regulations as assigned.
Provide research, information, and assistance to the Operations Manager in the development and management of the Division's Capital Improvement Project budget.
Evaluate candidates and participate in employee hiring process as requested by the Operations Manager.
Maintain various files and records related to project status and computations; prepare project descriptions and progress reports as requested.
Attend training, conferences, and seminars as appropriate to maintain current knowledge of technological advancements in the field.
Actively support the vision, mission, values, and behavior statements of the department and city.
Perform related duties as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Principles, practices, methods, and standards of Civil Engineering including the design and construction of Public Works projects
  • Municipal government policies, procedures and structure; applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and ordinances
  • City of Kent Construction Standards; Washington State Department of Transportation Hydraulics Manual; Washington State Department of Transportation Runoff Manual; Washington State Department of Health planning and design handbooks; Washington State Department of Transportation Standard Specifications; Kent City Code; City of Kent Policy Manual
  •  Advanced mathematics including calculus, trigonometry, geometry, and algebra
  • Hydraulics, stream flow, and precipitation measurements
  • Municipal Public Works construction techniques
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty
  • Surveying principles and techniques; sampling techniques and laboratory analysis; engineering research, analysis, and problem solving methods
  • Preparation of construction drawings and specifications
  • Computer Sewer and Water software models and the process of updating and maintaining data files
  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment including personal computers and related software such as word processing, spreadsheet, CADD, and technical engineering programs
  • Correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary
  • Oral and written communications skills
  • Overseeing Public Works projects in accordance with budget limitations and established standards
  • Preparing project plans, specifications, RFPs, and RFQs
  • Making extensive engineering mathematical computations accurately
  • Demonstrating interpersonal skills in a tactful, patient, and courteous manner
  • Using effective oral and written communications
  • Preparing and delivering oral presentations
  • Using proper telephone techniques and etiquette to assist a diverse assortment of individuals and inquiries
  • Maintaining records and preparing reports
  • Analyze, prepare, and review technical engineering plans, drawing, bid specifications, and estimates
  • Serve as Project lead on Department projects to City consultants and contractors
  • Define problems; collect, analyze, and organize data; establish facts; and draw valid conclusions
  • Lead engineering projects and assist in resolving conflicts with other departments, agencies, and organizations
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationship with others
  • Work independently with little direction to meet schedules and timelines
  • Maintain records and accurately prepare reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public
  • Communicate complex technical information effectively both orally and in writing
  • Apply calculations and explain extensive technical instructions and information furnished in oral, written, mathematical, or diagram form
  • Make extensive mathematical and engineering computations accurately
  • Read, review, understand, and interpret engineering plans, drawings, and specifications
  • Prepare clear and concise project plans

 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering or related field; and
Six (6) years of professional and increasingly responsible experience in Water, Sewer/Storm, or Utilities Engineering or a related field.
In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.

  • State of Washington Professional Engineer (Civil) license required
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Valid First Aid/CPR Card, or the ability to obtain within six months
  • New hires must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check and successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course; and all employees must maintain an excellent driving record


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