Posted on Jul 21, 2021
The individual will have the ability to: communicate both verbally and written, and read in English to understand directions, procedures, and policies and ability to plan, direct, and communicate the same to others; conduct themselves with a high degree of maturity, integrity, and responsibility and to exhibit a positive and professional attitude while effectively dealing with the public, customers, contractors, City departments, local government, regulatory and agency officials, supervisors, co-workers, and staff; prepare reports and utilize computer (software and hardware) in executing required work and maintaining/updating data and records for maintenance, operational, construction, and administrative activities and;  effectively and efficiently plan, direct, and assign work to staff. The individual must have thorough knowledge of municipal utility system design, construction, repair, and maintenance standards and practices, and thorough knowledge of applicable job-related hazards, health, regulatory, and environmental laws. 
The Utility Operations Engineer:
  • Plans and coordinates work requirements and activities for utility and technical service crews (comprised of crew supervisors, crew leaders, semi-skilled workers, and unskilled workers) in the maintenance, repair, and construction of water and sewer lines and appurtenances, including, but not limited to, water meters, vaults, valves, services, hydrants, manholes, cleanouts, pump stations, and storage tanks;
  • Plans, directs, performs, and documents inspections and recurring preventative maintenance (RPM) activities for water/sewer lines and appurtenances, including, but not limited to, pipe inspections (CCTV, smoke, dye), manhole inspections, line cleaning, valve exercising, hydrant testing (flushing, testing, inspection, maintenance), root control, grease control, and pest control;
  • Maintains, updates, evaluates, and analyzes data and records for operational, construction, and maintenance/repair activities;
  • Reviews and evaluates system conditions and requirements to help identify, determine, design, specify, and bid future system projects, upgrades, and RPM program activities;
  • Reads maps and plans and utilizes them in construction and maintenance operations;
  • Identifies and corrects utility mapping changes, differences, discrepancies, and revisions;
  • Plans, coordinates, directs, and supervises Utility Locator and VA811 requirements including communications and interactions with SCC and VA811;
  • Ensures timely and complete communication on all activities with Utilities Superintendent;
  • Ensures and maintains a safe work environment utilizing safety equipment and implementing safety standards and ensures compliance with all safety and environmental laws and regulations;
  • Plans, directs, and conducts regular safety training sessions for crews on work practices and equipment and attends regularly scheduled departmental environmental and safety committee meetings;
  • Ensures all construction and maintenance activities are performed and completed to City standards and specifications for the installation of all water and sewer lines (mains and services), associated utility infrastructure, and backfilling/compacting of utility division street cuts in preparation of patching by the street division;
  • Works closely with Utilities Superintendent to provide guidance for work assignments to address staffing, operational, and supply needs;
  • Provides excellent customer service and maintains a positive attitude in all interactions with the public, citizens, customers, City staff, and other stakeholders;
  • Works with customers, contractors, and developers to ensure the quality and timeliness of all work activities and requirements;
  • Performs administrative functions including assisting in cost estimating, budget preparation, payroll, inventory, and purchasing of materials;
  • Monitors and maintains inventory and orders parts, supplies, and equipment, as needed, to ensure sufficient supplies are kept;
  • Ensures all Utilities equipment and vehicles are serviceable and maintained;
  • Participates in snow and ice removal operations;
  • Performs on-call duties for after-hour emergencies; 
  • Assists other Engineering staff as needed, as directed by the City Engineer and;
  • Performs related tasks as required or assigned.
Position requires Bachelor’s Degree in Civil, Mechanical, or Environmental Engineering or related degree from accredited college or university. Position requires knowledge or ability to learn the design, construction, and operation of water and wastewater systems and facilities. Position requires proficient use or ability to learn MS Office software as well as system and facility work order software and personnel management software. Some experience (1 to 5 years) in the design, construction, or operations of water and wastewater systems and facilities is preferred. Experience in CAD and water modeling software is preferred. Virginia Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certification with the ability to obtain Virginia Professional Engineer (PE) certification within a four-year period is preferred. Supervisory and leadership experience is preferred.
Criminal background check is required.
The City of Staunton, located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Utility Operations Engineer.  Come join our highly professional team dedicated to serving this dynamic city and its citizens.  
The City of Staunton offers highly competitive compensation and benefits and a wide range of amenities.  Staunton, with a relatively low cost of living, is known for its history, architecture, arts, and cultural and culinary delights.
“One of the prettiest and most progressive towns in the South” and “20 charming mountain towns to visit this fall”—Southern Living
The City of Staunton is seeking a collaborative and innovative leader who performs intermediate professional work planning and directing all field utility construction and repair activities for water and wastewater utility systems. Position oversees and helps perform recurring preventative maintenance (RPM) activities on water/sewer lines and appurtenances; identifies safety concerns, and helps coordinate, plan, develop, and implement policies and procedures to provide a safe work environment.
FLSA:                   Exempt
Grade:                  18
Hiring Range:       $55,000 to $68,000
Start Date:           On or around Mid-July 2021
The recruitment will remain open until filled.  For questions and a complete job description, please contact Jonathan Venn, Chief Human Resources Officer.
Jonathan Venn, Chief Human Resources Officer
City of Staunton/Staunton City Schools
116 West Beverley St (Human Resources, 2nd Floor City Hall)
Staunton, VA. 24401