Posted on Aug 10, 2021
Under direction, performs complex professional, technical, administrative, work related to the operation, expansion, and planning of the County’s water transmission, storage, and distribution systems and sanitary sewer collection and pumping facilities. Working within broad policy and organizational guidelines, independently plans and implements projects and reports progress of major activities through periodic meetings with supervisor. Employee must exercise initiative, independent judgment, tact, and courtesy in the performance of job duties. Reports to the Director of Public Utilities.
 
POSITION: Utility Engineer
DEPARTMENT: Public Utilities
JOB CODE: A237
FLSA: Exempt
 
GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB:
Under direction, performs complex professional, technical, administrative, work related to the operation, expansion, and planning of the County’s water transmission, storage, and distribution systems and sanitary sewer collection and pumping facilities. Working within broad policy and organizational guidelines, independently plans and implements projects and reports progress of major activities through periodic meetings with supervisor. Employee must exercise initiative, independent judgment, tact, and courtesy in the performance of job duties. Reports to the Director of Public Utilities.
 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
  1. Serves as project manager/project engineer for department projects affecting water supply, transmission, storage, distribution, and sanitary sewer systems; interacts with and coordinates work of consulting engineers, developers, and contractors.
  2. Assists the Public Utility Director in day-to-day operations by ensuring regulatory records, technical reports, documents, and letters are prepared as needed to develop and present reports and matters to regulatory agencies, the Board of Supervisors, County Administration, and the general public as required.
  3. Assists the Public Utility Director with regulatory efforts and initiatives for compliance with applicable federal and state regulatory and performance standards prescribed by the Virginia Departments of Health and Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  4. Oversees the establishment and management of a preventive maintenance plan for the County’s water supply and sanitary sewer systems.
  5. Reviews and approves technical plans and specifications for expansion/repair/replacement of the water and sanitary sewer systems.
  6. Reviews site plans and development construction plans for compliance with regulations and county longrange plans.
  7. Develops Standard Operating Procedures and Policies for consideration by the Public Utility Director.
  8. Assists the Public Utility Director in development of an annual budget for operating expenses by tracking and monitoring costs associated with operation of the water and sanitary sewer systems to create data-driven budget requests.
  9. Maintains and organizes Public Utility files and data. Develops, manages and updates computerized water and sewer models.
  10. Assists the Public Utility Director in developing Capital Improvement Plans for the water and sanitary sewer systems to meet changing regulatory requirements and system operating conditions by identifying/recommending upgrades, modifications, or improvements to equipment and facilities. Plans and implements approved activities within normal budgetary procedures.
  11. Provides tours of water system facilities to various groups.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.
EMPLOYEE UTILIZATION IN ADVERSE WEATHER AND EMERGENCY CONDITIONS:
All Gloucester County employees are subject to being assigned to specific positions and tasks during a “Declared Emergency” as support personnel, by the County Administrator, the Emergency Management Director, or the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). Once assigned, this would be the same as a regular work assignment and all policies and procedures for duty assignments apply. (Please see Gloucester County Administrative Policy 101.1 - Employee Utilization in Adverse Weather and Emergency Conditions.)
 
JOB LOCATION AND CONDITIONS:
Duties are performed indoors in an office environment and at assigned locations throughout the County in an outdoor environment and subject to all weather conditions.
 
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Broad knowledge of civil engineering and computer modeling as it pertains to water and wastewater systems.
Broad knowledge of all federal, state, and local regulations with regard to the operation and maintenance of a municipal water and sanitary sewer systems.
Broad knowledge of the principles of plumbing and hydraulics as related to water systems. Must have considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of utilities work.
Broad knowledge of the current literature, trends, and development in the field of utilities operations and administration.
General knowledge of the operating principles and practices, and maintenance requirements of water and sanitary sewer systems, and plant equipment and machinery utilized in water and sanitary sewer operations.
General knowledge of the engineering, chemical and bacteriological principles and practices related to large-scale water and sanitary sewer operations.
General knowledge and experience with ARC-GIS and CAD programs and applications.
General knowledge of personal computers and commonly used Microsoft Office software products to include Outlook, Access, Power Point, Word, and Excel; specialized programs and the internet.
Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications and maintain records and prepare clear and concise reports.
Ability to reason and make sound judgements.
Ability to understand and follow both written and oral instructions Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in Standard English and engineering, mechanical, and electrical terminology.
Ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress and/or emergency situations.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with municipal and State officials, developers, and contractors and as otherwise necessitated by work assignments.
Ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, budgets, studies, construction estimates, purchase orders, etc., using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.
Ability to perform accurate mathematical calculations with or without the use of a calculator, adding machine, or measurement devise.
Ability to speak before groups of people with poise, voice control, and confidence. Ability to provide guidance and give clear instructions.
Ability to handle a variety of office equipment. Must possess eye/hand/foot coordination.
 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Possession of a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, or related field.
Three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience dealing with municipal water and wastewater operations, maintenance, and construction.
Any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
 
NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
Possession of Virginia Professional Engineer (PE) license or Engineer in Training (EIT) certification.
Possession of a valid driver’s license; possess and maintain a driving record that meets established Gloucester County Driving Standards.
Pass a post-offer, pre-employment physical examination.
Employee may be subject to subsequent physical examinations to ensure he/she meets job-related physical requirements.
 
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