The Development Senior Engineer is responsible for providing professional engineering expertise to the Water Systems Line of Business. Primarily, this position would focus on reviewing and approving complex civil engineering construction and private development engineering plans and documents for conformance to NBU design and construction standards, codes and ordinances. In addition, this position would be responsible for coaching, training, and developing Water Engineering personnel.
- Responsible for completing performance reviews, counseling and recommending disciplinary action for direct reports
- Prepares staff schedules to ensure adequate coverage, backs up duties when needed
- Conduct regular meetings with direct reports covering topics such as project updates, policies/procedures and safety
- Verify accuracy and completeness of time entries by direct reports
- Ensure personnel are safety conscious and adhere to NBU safety guidelines and practices at all times and in all situations
-Performs overall supervision and review of detailed and complex engineering calculations, plans, specifications, and additional required submittals for private development projects; and coordinates with consulting engineers performing staff augmentation for the Water Engineering department.
-Reviews cost sharing agreements between NBU and the development community, plat review, plan review, master plan review, and letter of certification review.
-Attends pre-development meetings and continuously updates NBU's design criteria, standard specifications, standard details, and standard products list.
-Evaluates design of water systems, sewer systems, lift stations, pump stations, ground storage tanks, elevated storage tanks and other infrastructure needed for development.
-Manages and supervises development review and construction inspection operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, coaches and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
-May perform general civil engineering work for capital improvement projects depending on development workloads and trends, including the design of small-scale water/wastewater projects. Provides complex technical, administrative, and other support to the Chief Engineer of Water Systems as needed.
-Conducts inspections of work-in-progress and ensures projects are completed in compliance with applicable codes, regulations and standards.
-Responds to questions and inquiries from the public and other agencies regarding water/sewer issues. Recommends changes to Chief Engineer of Water Systems in reference to NBU standards as they apply to private development.
-Evaluates storm, road, drainage, and other utilities as well as general site work for private construction projects and work performed in City of New Braunfels right-of-way for conflicts and compliance with NBU standards and procedures.
-Coordinates with the City of New Braunfels Engineering Division on permit applications for work within City rights-of way as they apply to development proposals.
-Calculates water/sewer impact fees for the Water Engineering Department and new development.
-Conducts and/or attends pre-application and pre-construction conferences and explains permit conditions and requirements.
-Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for staff; assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
-Develops agendas, organizes meetings, prepares staff reports, communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public; makes private and public presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public.
-Coordinates assigned engineering projects with outside contractors, government agencies and organizations and the public, and provides assistance to internal NBU staff.
-Meets with citizens, developers, contractors, other agencies, and City departments. Responds to questions and complaints from the public concerning water/sewer projects and other related issues.
-May be assigned to CIP projects as project manager/inspector if timing and workload allows.
-Attends and participates in professional group meetings.
-Serves on various employee or other committees as assigned.
-Provides backup construction inspection work as needed.
WATER AND WASTEWATER ENGINEERING
- Perform engineering design calculations for various water and sewer projects designed by NBU
- Produce construction plans and specifications
- Review engineering documents of consulting engineers for adherence to federal, state, and local standards
- Complete Engineers Opinion of Probable Cost for capital projects
- Run simulations using hydraulic models
- Work with NBU ROW Division on engineering requirements for securing required easements and permits
- Review plans submitted by developer for compliance with NBU's Water Systems Connection and Construction Policy, all applicable regulations and systems availability and capacity
- Meet with developers during planning stage regarding water & sewer capacity and feasibility for service
- Perform calculations and modeling to determine pressure/flow, capacity data, and all other water and wastewater system characteristics related to service. Identify required system improvements to serve proposed developments.
- Create maps and figures of the water and sewer system for developers and consulting engineers
- Perform preliminary and final plat review with respect to water and sewer availability and future system needs
- Assist NBU Water System Inspectors in working with developers on issues involving NBU's Water Systems Connection and Construction Policy and plans approved for construction
- Conduct site visits to observe developers when necessary
- Provide design, analysis, troubleshooting, and other engineering services for the Water Services Line of Business
- Analyze system /operations issues and design solutions
- Maintain the Water Systems Connection and Construction Policy
- Develop design alternatives and recommendations based on technical considerations and cost/benefit analysis
- Exercise sounds problem solving and judgment
- Possess and utilize technical skills capable of analyzing numerous choices and alternatives, and determining the best overall solution
- Explore creative and innovate ways of performing tasks and solving problems
- Gather and assimilate complex technical information on NBU’s water and wastewater systems and assemble into concise professional reports, drawings, and presentations which illustrate any necessary changes to the current infrastructure
- Maintain regular attendance; leave schedule should be managed so as to not interfere with ability to accomplish tasks, including special projects and assignments with deadlines
- Adhere to NBU safety guidelines and practices at all times and in all situations
- Maintain a clean and safe work area, office, field site and vehicle as applicable
- Develop & maintain effective customer service skills for communications with co-workers, customers and the public in general
Maintain strict confidentiality of business, employee and customer information in written and oral communications and safeguard sensitive documents
- Adhere to NBU policies and procedures
- Participate in and support initiatives to reach annual NBU Performance Measures
- Exemplify NBU Core Values of Integrity, Customer Focus, Respect for Others and Safety
- Shows initiative-takes ownership of work, does what is needed without being asked, follows through
- Establishes priorities and multi-tasks so that assigned duties are completed under pressures of time constraints and deadlines
- Adapt and respond well to change; manages pressure effectively and copes with setbacks and changes in priorities.
- Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills with peers, employees, superiors, and appropriate entities.
- Ability to deal effectively with matters of a highly visible and confidential nature when applicable
- Conversations are kept on matters related to NBU business so as to maximize efficiency and productivity
- Shows evidence of clear analytical thinking; gets to the heart of complex problems/issues; applies own expertise effectively
- Open to new ideas and experiences; seeks out learning opportunities; supports and drives organizational change
- Seeks opportunities for self development and career advancement
- Goes out of the way to be helpful and pleasant to internal and external customers
- Supports others and shows respect and positive regard for them; works effectively with individuals, groups, and customers via positive interpersonal skills.
- Successfully persuades and influences others
- Focuses on customer satisfaction and delivers a quality service or product to the agreed standards
- Resolves conflict by applying expert knowledge of customer or employee situations to identify disparities and recommend sound solutions.
- Helpful, respectful, approachable and team oriented; builds strong relationships and a positive work environment.
- Demonstrates receptivity to new ideas and approaches and adapts with flexibility to accommodate any changes in priorities, circumstances or schedule.
- Is receptive to feedback, willing to learn
- Exemplifies NBU Core Values of Integrity, Stewardship, Team and Safety
- Bachelors Degree in Engineering General
- Five or more years work experience
- Professional Engineer License from the State of Texas or ability to acquire a license within 90 days
- Professional Engineer License from the State of Texas
OTHER MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Accredited Civil, Mechanical, or Environmental Engineering degree is required.
- Five years of experience in the design and construction of water and wastewater systems is required. Experience gained in a municipal setting is preferred.
- Thorough knowledge of principle and practices of civil engineering; knowledge of principles and practices of project management, methods and techniques used in engineering plan review; knowledge of standard specification compliance methods, the development community and contractor construction methods; knowledge of federal, state, and local codes, laws and regulations; knowledge of supervision, training, and performance management; working knowledge of the principles and practices of land development; considerable knowledge of infrastructure inspection principles and practices.
- Familiarity with basic computer software programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Access, and PowerPoint is required.
- Familiarity with Engineering computer software such as AutoCAD, water and wastewater modeling, and GIS is required
- A valid Texas Driver’s License is required to operate a company vehicle when necessary.
- Flexibility in available hours, including holidays, weekends, and/or after hours, is required.
Internal Number: 001
About New Braunfels Utilities
New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) was established in 1942 when the City Commission of New Braunfels, Texas, purchased the electric transmission and distribution systems from Guadalupe Electric Company, formerly owned by the San Antonio Public Service Company, that served the City of New Braunfels and the surrounding area. In 1959, operations of the water and wastewater systems were transferred to NBU from the City.Our mission is to enhance the quality of our community by providing innovative essential services.Vision: New Braunfels Utilities will be recognized as a trusted community partner dedicated to excellence in service.