Senior Engineer - Civil

The Birmingham Water Works Board
Birmingham, AL

Job Title:  Senior Engineer - Civil                                Department: Engineering - 910


Reporting Relationship:  Principal Engineer and/or    Exempt Status:  Exempt

                                        Chief Engineer

Grade:  45

Salary: $39.35 ($81,846.08 - $116,568.66) - $56.04

Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am until 4:30 pm

 General Responsibilities:


Under the direction of the Principal Engineer and/or Chief Engineer, the Senior Engineer will develop, implement and manage various projects related to civil and infrastructure systems on water works facilities and equipment, including sources of supply, filter plants, pumping stations, storage facilities, wells and reservoirs.  Responsibilities will include capital project delivery from inception to completion, including preliminary conceptual development, detailed engineering design with support of external engineering consultants, construction cost estimation, procurement, construction administration, supervision and inspection, startup and commissioning, and project close-out documentation delivery, including as-built plans, O&M manuals, and SOPs.  Strong experience and expertise in project and construction management is required for this role.


Essential Job Functions:


Prepare preliminary, engineering, and detailed cost estimates.

Project budget development and cost tracking and expenditure forecasting. Track and report on project expenditures to ensure they are aligned with budget and prioritize projects based on available funding and risk assessment.

Manage several projects simultaneously ranging in scope from small to very large.

Prepare bid documents and coordinate procurement with Purchasing department.                                                    

Manage pipe condition assessment projects.

Provide engineering support (on and off-site) during emergencies, including large main breaks, inclement weather, and drought and other emergencies.

Provide engineering support to Executive Department as needed.

Participate in master planning effort of existing systems and new acquisitions.

Prepare short-term and long-term capital improvement plans for new acquisitions and prepare valuations of systems based on due diligence site visits and condition assessment for the purpose of formulating bids for acquisitions.

Communicate regularly in written form (email, memoranda, reports, status updates, etc.) and verbally (group meetings, in-person and virtually, and internal and external presentations).

Assist Chief Engineer with the management, implementation and delivery of the capital program for BWWB.

Independently manage Capital projects along with other projects.

Facilitate and perform constructability reviews for projects designed internally or externally.

Work directly with the Operations group to understand their needs in meeting operational, compliance, and health & safety goals.

Coordinate with Chief Engineer to assure the focus of capital project planning meets medium and long- term needs of the operations.

Manage the design (either internal or external) and construction of small and large projects.

Develop reports to be provided to regulators, internal or external customers as required.

Apply for permits through city, county, state and regulatory agencies (i.e. ADEM); visit and inspect work sites.


Perform erosion control inspections on project sites and ensure compliance with guidelines and permitting agencies.

Ability to read and decipher regulations and industry codes, e.g. AWWA, OSHA, ASTM and ANSI, and explain requirements of same to others.




Bachelor's degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering


Master's Degree in engineering/MBA is preferred


Eight years of related engineering design, construction, and project management experience.

Broad knowledge of multiple processes and/or engineering disciplines, augmented with good experience and seasoning, to the point where he/she can address complex projects or address complex challenges, such as leading a response to an emergency. Must be able to propose capital projects or identify other work that will benefit BWWB and its customers, based on their expertise in one or more areas.


Experience in managing and adhering to project budgets and schedules.

Experience in civil construction and inspection in areas such as concrete, steel, soils, paints and coatings, piping, etc.


Excellent analytical, organizational, computer and interpersonal skills.


Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.


Design and Hydraulic Modeling background is preferred.


Broad Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is preferred.


AutoCAD, and ESRI/GIS experience is preferred.



Project Manager and Team Lead experience

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations


Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) is required.


Professional Engineer (PE) License in State of AL is preferred, or the ability to obtain such by reciprocity in the State of Alabama within 6 months.


Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is a plus.


Water Operator Licenses are a plus.


Valid Alabama Driver License


               Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those and employee encounters  while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is typically in an office/field environment but requires periodic inspection of the facilities where the employee will also be occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions and an industrial plant environment which involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. Work environment also involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require  following industry safety procedures.