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Senior Engineer

Date: Jan 23, 2023

Location: Birmingham, AL, US, 35222

Company: Birmingham Water Works

Job Information

Job Title: Senior Engineer, Mechanical

Department: Engineering

Reporting Relationship: Chief Engineer/Principal Engineer

FLSA Status: Exempt

Grade: 45

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

Salary: $41.47($86,257.60 - $122,865.60) - $59.07


General Responsibilities

Develop, implement and manage various projects related to civil and infrastructure systems under the direction of the Principal Engineer or Chief Engineer on the organization’s 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 the 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.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Prepare preliminary, engineering, and detailed cost estimates.
  2. Project budget development, cost tracking and expenditure forecasting. Track and report on project expenditures to ensure alignment with budget and prioritize projects based on available funding and risk assessment.
  3. Manage several projects simultaneously, ranging in scope from small to large.
  4. Prepare bid documents and coordinate procurement with Purchasing department.     
  5. Manage pipe condition assessment projects.
  6. Provide engineering support (on and off-site) during emergencies, including large main breaks, inclement weather, drought, and other emergencies.
  7. Provide engineering support to Executive Department as needed.

Essential Job Functions Con't

  1. Participate in master planning efforts of existing systems and new acquisitions. 
  2. 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 assessments to formulate bids for purchases.
  3. Communicate regularly in written form (email, memoranda, reports, status updates, etc.) and verbally (group meetings, in-person and virtually, and internal and external presentations).
  4. Assist Chief Engineer with the organization's management, implementation and delivery of the capital program.
  5. Independently manage Capital projects along with other projects.
  6. Facilitate and perform constructability reviews for projects designed internally or externally.

Essential Job Functions Con't

  1. Work directly with the Operations group to understand their needs in meeting operational, compliance, and health & safety goals.
  2. Coordinate with Chief Engineer to ensure the focus of capital project planning meets the medium and long-term needs of the operations.
  3. Manage the design (either internal or external) and construction of small and large projects.
  4. Develop reports for regulators and internal or external customers as required.
  5. Apply for permits through city, county, state and regulatory agencies (i.e. ADEM); visit and inspect work sites.
  6. Perform site erosion control inspections and ensure compliance with guidelines and permitting agencies.
  7. Read and decipher regulations and industry codes, e.g., AWWA, OSHA, ASTM and ANSI, and explain requirements of same to others.
  8. Perform all work safely in accordance with established safety policies and procedures. Comply with all safety and health standards and guidelines issued by management.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.


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


Eight (8) years of experience in engineering design, construction and project management required. Project Manager and Team Lead experience required.  Strong experience and expertise in project and construction management required.


Knowledge of multiple processes and engineering disciplines, augmented with good experience, to successfully address complex projects or challenges, such as leading a response to an emergency. Experience with capital projects proposals 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 concrete, steel, soils, paints and coatings, piping, etc. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Project). Excellent analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills.


Experience and working knowledge of Water System Hydraulic Modeling preferred. Experience with AutoCAD and ESRI/GIS preferred.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Valid Driver’s License required
  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) License required
  • Professional Engineer License in the State of Alabama preferred

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification preferred



Physical Demands

  • Ability to stand, walk or sit for extended periods
  • Reaching by excreting hand(s) or arms(s) in any direction
  • Finger dexterity is required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard
  • Communication skills using the spoken word
  • Ability to see within normal parameters
  • Ability to hear within normal parameters
  • Ability to move about to climb ladders and ladderways
  • Ability to work with pilot scale treatment equipment and benchtop lab equipment once trained

Work Enviroment

  • Moderate Noise (business office); Loud noise visiting work site in proximity of construction work
  • Work indoors and outdoors, exposed to extreme hot/cold weather conditions and hazardous chemicals.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham