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Principal Engineer, Relia

Date: Jan 23, 2023

Location: Birmingham, AL, US, 35222

Company: Birmingham Water Works

Job Information

Job Title: Principal Engineer, Mechanical

Department: Engineering

Reporting Relationship: Chief Engineer/Engineering Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt

Grade: 47

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

Salary: $46.71($97,156.80 - $138,382.40) - $66.53


General Responsibilities

Perform professional mechanical design and engineering for capital construction and maintenance projects on motors, pumps, PRV stations, reservoirs, plants and other waterworks facilities and equipment; researches and plans future waterworks system and facility requirements.

 Perform project work, including a variety of professional mechanical water treatment process work in designing, planning and overseeing construction, installation, operation and maintenance of a variety of projects, including but not limited to liquid storage structures, bridges, piping, dams, retaining structures, pumping stations, water treatment plants and appurtenant structures, including site and roadway layout and design. Establish design criteria, perform design calculations and write specifications, contracts, construction management and project management. Review shop drawings and respond to RFI's, etc. Plan, coordinate, administer and supervise an assigned engineering area's personnel and operational activities.

Responsible for the overall management of a comprehensive asset management program, including updating equipment data and predictive maintenance programs in CMMS (SAP).  Develop, recommend, and implement strategies for optimizing work quality and best practices.  Participate in the planning and budgetary process to identify critical assets needing replacement/upgrades.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Perform detailed mechanical engineering for capital construction and maintenance projects on pumping stations, filter plants, storage facilities, reservoirs and other water works facilities and equipment; researches and plans future system and facilities mechanical requirements.
  2. Coordinate closely with the Maintenance, Operations, and Distribution Departments to identify, prioritize and resolve reliability and quality issues.
    • Coordinate analysis of repair history and make recommendations on re-engineering, upgrades and replacements.
    • Assist in repair/replacement decisions of major equipment and in judgments of extending maintenance intervals by analyzing reliability & performance data.
    • Review engineering specifications and design modification proposals to improve cost and performance requirements reliability.
    • Develop and implement condition monitoring programs to prevent premature failure of critical equipment and systems.
    • Ensures that all plant equipment has an equipment maintenance plan on file that matches the expected failure modes.
  3. Coordinate and review work performed by consulting engineers.
  4. Design and provide project management of various projects such as liquid storage structures, pump stations, pressure reducing stations, water mains and other water mechanical process improvements.
  5. Prepare contract specifications and bid documents.

Essential Job Functions Con't

  1. Perform bid openings, prepare bid tabulation and make recommendations for the award; review product submittals for compliance with appropriate standards. 
  2. Plan, assign work, train, review, and evaluate the work of other professional and technical personnel.
  3. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.  Ensure all organizational policies and guidelines are adhered to and administered correctly, including the HR Management Guide, Employee Handbook, reviewing and approving timesheets, expense reports, complying with applicable employment laws, purchasing guidelines, bid law, etc.
  4. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  5. Champion, model, and administer a performance-oriented culture by demonstrating strong leadership and people development skills.  Seek to develop and monitor key performance measurements and develop/support a work environment that develops, recognizes, holds accountable, and rewards talent to support employee engagement and meet current and future workforce needs.

Essential Job Functions Con't

  1. Responsible for demonstrating the organization’s core values and using performance management principles to continuously improve the department and organization's effectiveness, efficiency, products, and services. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in improvement teams, recommending and implementing improvement ideas, and participating in training and other activities to keep up to date on processes, information, etc.
  2. Champion and ensure the administration of safe work practices and operations.
  3. Maintain and protect sensitive and private information by keeping employee records confidential in accordance with HIPAA, local, state and federal laws and regulations.
  4. Perform all work safely in accordance with established safety policies and procedures. Comply with all safety and health standards and guidelines issued by management.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering from required. Advanced degree preferred.


Ten (10) years of process mechanical engineering, maintenance, reliability, and quality experience, and two (2) years in a supervisory and project team lead capacity.

Expert knowledge and experience with BWWB System Operations, including mapping, records, worksheets, gradients, customer service, warehousing, meters and metering, pumping stations, PRVs, DMA’s, treatment plants, storage tanks, system division valves, etc.

Experience in quality programs and applications such as Six Sigma, Lean systems, Quality Assurance, and QC inspection. Expert knowledge and experience managing multi-million-dollar water utility or related Capital Improvement and O&M Cost Programs. Experience with AWWA, IBC, ASCE 7, ACI 318 and 350 and AASHTO codes. Experience with AutoCAD, MicroStation, and ESRI/GIS. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Project). Strong analytical, project management and communication skills

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Valid Driver’s License required
  • Professional Engineer License in the State of Alabama is required, or the ability to obtain such by reciprocity in the State of Alabama within six months.

Grade I Water Certification required


2-6 employees

Physical Demands

  • Walking various distances in varying terrain 70% of the time.
  • Bending, stooping, climbing, etc., to accomplish surveying tasks.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters
  • Ability to hear within normal parameters

Work Enviroment

  • Moderate Noise (business office)
  • Field work inspecting facilities or an industrial plant
  • Work indoors and outdoors, exposed to extreme hot/cold weather conditions and hazardous chemicals.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham