Local recruitment: Senior Engineer

City of Chicopee

Chicopee, MA, USA 🇺🇸

Job Title: Department: Salary: Reports To:


Senior Engineer DPW-Water
Grade Al2 (40 hours per week)
Superintendent of Public Works, Water Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent/Engineer
February 2022

Summary: This is a professional engine ring and administrative position. This position requires strong Engineering skills in the office as well as in the field, and personnel management. The Senior Engineer is the lead Design Engineer for the Water Department and is responsible for developing construction plan sets for “in-house” and bid projects. The Senior Engineer provides supp01t to the Water Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent with participation, and skilled technical expertise in the operation and maintenance in all areas of the Drinking Water division of the DPW, including but not limited to the drinking water distribution system and the drinking water treatment facility in accordance with all applicable Local, State, and Federal regulations. The Senior Engineer’s responsibilities include supporting the Water Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent/Engineer with overseeing all aspects of the drinking water system and maintaining compliance with all entities such as the Massachusetts Depa1tment of Environmental Protection, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Other duties may be assigned.

At the direction of the Water Superintendent and the Assistant Water Superintendent, the Senior Engineer is responsible for the following:

• Plan, organize, and direct staff on “field operations” necessary for all “in-house” construction projects, on a daily basis.
• Review, for the Water Superintendents’ approval, “Preliminary Sub-Division Plans”, “Definitive Sub­ Division Plans” and Building Permits pe1taining to water utilities as submitted to the City of Chicopee.
• Coordinate construction projects with the appropriate State agencies and/or private contractors hired by the city to perform construction services. (Projects to include water main replacement and installation, road reconstruction impacting the Water system, etc.)
• Implements the use of hydraulic modeling software (WaterGEMS) to design unidirectional flushing sequences as well as to analyze the effects of changing conditions of the water system i.e. water main replacement, hydrant flushing, valve manipulation, etc.
• Implement the Water Department “Shut-off Policy” as passed by the Water and Sewer Commission.
• Responsible for updating the Chicopee Water Department “Material Specifications and Construction Standards” to incorporate changes to meet AWWA standards and to reflect currently accepted engineering practices and construction methods.
• Responsible for preparation of bid specifications for materials used by the Water Department.
• Implement on an ongoing basis, the recommendations in the ISO report of 1998, including but not limited to the setting up the data base documentation of hydrant maintenance records.

• Assists in data preparation required to complete the Water Supply Statistical Report submitted yearly to the Department of Environmental Protection as required by Law.
• Must have knowledge of ICS (Incident Command Systems) and emergency response guidelines and will apply these to update the Water Department’s Emergency Response Plan as submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection.
• Must be available for emergency response nights, weekends and holidays.
• Adheres to and assists in the enforcement of all state, federal, and local safety regulations as well as City of Chicopee Health and Safety policies.
• Assists with water utility mark outs for “Digsafe” when needed.
• Performs all related duties as directed by the Superintendent of Public Works, Water Superintendent, and/or other supervising authority.
• Abides by City of Chicopee Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
At the direction of the Water Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, supervision is exercised over the Water Division of the DPW and assigned personnel. Supervis01y responsibilities are conducted in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing and training employees; assigning and directing work; appraising work performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems and conflicts.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

• Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

• Ethics: Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

• Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively.

• Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team morale; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

• Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

• Organizational Support: Follows policies and procedures; supports organization’s goals and values.

• Dependability: Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

• Innovation: Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas

and information in a manner that best works with others.
Must meet the education, licensing, and experience qualifications. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed herein are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Strong writing skills are required.

• Knowledge of OSHA regulations and requirements.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of pertinent Federal and State regulations.
• Knowledge in aquatic maneuvering.
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of Civil Engineering as applied to water engineering and construction, focused on hydraulics of water distribution and treatment systems.
• Knowledge of planning and project management techniques.
• Knowledge of public bidding rules, preparing of bid packages to include product specifications and bid review.
• Ability to understand and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of AutoCAD, WaterGEMS, GIS, PermitEyes, Windows and Excel software.
• Knowledge of in-scope, metal detectors, measuring tape, survey equipment, leak detection equipment, and various drafting equipment and techniques.

Education and/or Experience:
The position requires a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or civil Engineering, or closely related discipline. The position requires experience and specialized training in public water systems operation, construction, engineering or a closely related field and a minimum 3 years of progressive responsibility and experience in the water works field, (water production, distribution, and water supply facility maintenance, construction and the installation of water mains and ancillary water infrastructure). Candidates with an associate degree in science and a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in engineering and design of water distribution systems and water works operations may be considered.

Licenses Required:
• Must possess a valid Massachusetts Class D driver’s license.
• Required to obtain a Grade 3 Water Distribution Operator license and a Grade 2 Water Treatment Operator license as issued by the Massachusetts Board of Certification of Drinking Water Operators within two (2) years of the date of hire.

Degree of Independent Authority: Must be able to work independently.

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to upper management, public groups and/or City Officials.

Report Writing: Writing skills are very important. Candidate must be able to provide samples of writing skills, skills must demonstrate an ability to gather complex information and convey said information in a clear and concise manner. Writing skills cannot be overemphasized. Able to compile information, and write reports to local, state, and federal agencies as needed. Assist with submitting annual and written progress reports. Maintain daily logs in regards to inspections and other job activity and write reports.

Maintain a written daily work log when required.
Degree of Contact with the Public: At the direction of the Water Superintendent, meet with Salespersons and representatives of vendor companies. Answer email, phone, and in person discussion of problems, questions, concerns, with general public and civic groups, City Council, MA DEP and US EPA. Conducts tours for community groups.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Inventory software; Project Management software, Spreadsheet, and Word Processing software. Additionally, GIS GPS, AutoCAD and Arc View are desirable.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Responsibility for City Property/Finances: Responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Water Department computer software and related equipment. Ensures that the Water Department is paid for services rendered. Responsible for the safe keeping of Water Department and city prope1ty, equipment, supplies, tools, etc.

Physical Demands: The physical demands of the candidate are the same and that must be met by each employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to reach with hands and arms, and also talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and distance vision.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.





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