Chief Engineer

April 7, 2020 Comments Off on Chief Engineer

Birmingham Water Works

Engineering and Maintenance Division

$134,000 – $191,000

About the Engineering and Maintenance Division at Birmingham Water Works

The Engineering and Maintenance Division is responsible for the planning, design and construction of all of BWW’s capital projects; for developing and managing yearly capital budget improvement projects for the entire system; and, for ensuring the operational integrity of plant equipment. consists of approximately 325 employees and has the following departments: Distribution, Electrical & Mechanical, Engineering, Mapping & Records, System Development and Revenue Water.

Overview of the position of Chief Engineer

Within BWW’s Engineering and Maintenance Division – and in the division’s Engineering Department – the Chief Engineer plans, develops, coordinates and directs the engineering-based, environmental services-based, land administration-based and land surveying-based programs and all associated activities for the entire organization. The Chief Engineer directs, coordinates, and exercises functional authority for the planning, organizational control, integration and completion of all engineering and environmental services projects. The Chief Engineer is also responsible for aligning business processes, managing projects and project requests, and reviewing SAP projects (with the exception of System Development Projects).

Having oversight of the Capital Improvement Program, the Chief Engineer also has responsibility for all repair and replacement projects throughout the BWW service area. Additionally, the Chief Engineer provides day-to-day leadership and works with staff to ensure high performance and cultivate a customer service-oriented work environment that supports the mission of BWW and the strategic plan of its Board of Directors.

Major duties of the Chief Engineer

Project Design & Management:

  • Plan, organize, and continuously evaluate the work of the Engineering Department
  • Manage the design of all major engineering projects, rendering decisions on the best courses of action and assigning/assisting land surveyors, technical personnel and professional consultants to develop detailed plans and estimates
  • Develop, implement, and administer capital improvement programs via a risk-based prioritization approach
  • Review all engineering design work, technical specifications, consultant and construction contracts, and building and construction permits for compliance with applicable codes, regulations and special conditions

People Management & Development:

  • Supervise and direct the staff and operations of BWW’s Engineering Department, including scheduling and coordinating work assignments
  • Select, train, develop, mentor, and motivate department personnel and review and evaluate their work for conformance with department standards
  • Coordinate and supervise the functions of professional consultants on special projects and capital projects
  • Provide professional direction and assistance as a certified Safety Program Professional in determining safety assessment, restoration actions and priorities during emergency situations (flood damage, wind damage, earthquake damage, etc.) in determining restoration actions and priorities

Standards, Processes, and Procedures:

  • Develop, direct, and coordinate the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the department
  • Define and communicate construction standards and ensure compliance


  • Negotiate contracts and control all aspects of contract work, including quantities, payments, damages, completion dates, scheduling, and specification
  • Assist both the Assistant General Manager with development and management of the annual Capital Budget and upper management in the performance of various administrative tasks and special assignments
  • Resolve difficult or complex customer service and technical problems and issues
  • Maintain accurate records, reflecting work completed by the various sections of the Engineering Department

Minimum qualifications for the Chief Engineer position

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree but, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering or a closely related subject. The desired candidate should have at least ten (10) years of surface water utility and/or wastewater experience including civil and structural design and project and construction management. The desired candidate will have a minimum of ten (10) years in “responsible charge” as defined by the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and a minimum of two (2) years in supervisory capacity with a multi-disciplined civil engineering company or waste/wastewater department or team.

Expert knowledge and experience with respect to the following is required: project management, water distribution system hydraulics; environmental/solid waste landfill
operations; land surveying and related mapping and records; right-of-way/easement/property management and acquisitions; surface water storage and collection facilities (dams, lakes and rivers, pumping stations, etc.); water transmission and distribution pipeline; and, water distribution system tanks, and pumping stations. Successful applicants should also have experience in managing large-scale water utility or related Capital Improvement and O&M cost programs. Regarding software, the ideal candidate will have experience with STAAD Pro, MathCAD, SAP, STRAD, and STRUDL as well as with AWWA, IBC, ASCE 7, ACI 318 and 350, and AASHTO codes.

Finally, the Chief Engineer positions requires licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) with the ability to gain State of Alabama reciprocity within six (6) months and a valid Alabama Driver’s License.

For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience to: To assist with internal sorting, please only include your name (Last, First) in the subject line. Please submit your resume in WORD format.

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