Managing Engineer (Process Engineering & Regulatory)

City of Austin
Austin, TX, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Minimum Qualifications

• Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering, or in a field related to the job, eight (8) years experience in engineering, six (6) years of  work experience  must be acquired after licensing as a professional engineer and four (4) years of which were in a supervisory capacity
• A Masters Degree will substitute for up to one (1) year of work experience
• PhD degree will substitute for up to two (2) years of work experience

Licenses or Certifications:

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas

Notes to Applicants

Position Overview
This position oversees all activity of the Process Engineering and Regulatory Division. The Division is organized into two groups, a Water group and a Wastewater group. Each of these groups consists of a Supervising Engineer with five direct reports. Among the direct reports are Regulatory Managers. The two Supervising Engineers report to this Managing Engineer position, who reports to the Operations Manager.

The Division provides technical assistance in support of three water treatment plants, two wastewater treatment plants, a biosolids management plant and numerous remote treatment facilities. Each major facility has a Process Engineer on-site who supports the plant staff with process guidance, optimization evaluations, staff training, and regulatory assessments. The Regulatory Managers oversee preparation of reports to ensure accuracy and on-time submission to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The Water Quality Manager monitors water quality in the drinking and reclaimed water systems, working closely with operations, lab staff, and the Regulatory Manager.

This Managing Engineer position ensures that each plant gets the support it needs from the Division, provides updates to the Operations Manager and Executive Team on process and regulatory issues, prepares and monitors the Division budget, and coordinates collaboration with other groups within Austin Water and other City departments.

Working with Austin Water provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, training opportunities and more. Please click HERE for more information.

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  • Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
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  • A cover letter is also required. In the cover letter candidates should describe, in concise detail, their interest in this position and highlight any prior experience that is relevant to this position.

If you are selected as a top candidate:

  • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution and proof of your professional licenses or certifications.
  • If you are identified as a top candidate and are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.
  • This position requires a criminal background investigation.

Effective October 1, 2014, all Austin Water worksite locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any AW worksite – including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicle located on the premises.

Pay Range $45.47 – $60.25 per hour


  • Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, with some flexibility
  • Other hours as required to meet the needs of 24/7 utility operations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in developing a strategic plan, managing day-to-day operations to meet division goals, providing support, direction, and mentoring to supervisors and staff in support of water and/or wastewater treatment operations.
  • Relevant supervisory or management experience including hiring, assigning work, counseling, coaching supervisors, addressing disciplinary issues, and evaluating employee performance.
  • Experience in multiple areas of water treatment facilities, including process evaluation, operations, maintenance, design, and construction.
  • Experience in multiple areas of wastewater treatment facilities, including process evaluation, operations, maintenance, design, and construction.
  • Experience representing a division with city departments, consultants, contractors, industries, professional associations, and regulatory agencies.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including skill in effective decision-making and planning priorities.
  • Experience with budget preparation and monitoring for projects and teams.
  • Significant experience interacting with individuals at all levels, including impromptu day-to-day interactions with customers and making presentations to internal and external high-level staff.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Manages, coordinates, implements, and/or monitors projects/programs including the review of plans and development proposals for impacts related to engineering project/program. Recommends revisions and permit requirements to mitigate negative impacts of development and assures plans conform to City policies. Approves construction plans.
2. Manages contracts by reviewing monthly progress reports. Acts as a liaison among consultants, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, fabricators or suppliers and the City. Negotiates problems of changes, errors or deficiencies and ensures compliance with project specifications and requirements. Resolves conflicts in difficult situations. Reviews, evaluates, and prepares replies to technical and management audits. Responsible for interdivisional liaison for coordinating the various phases of designing, planning and preparation of project details.
3. Interacts with internal and external customers to determine business needs by responding to inquiries from the public and other departments about the process, requirements, and procedures of the development process. Investigates and resolves complaints from the public.
4. Develops and implements standard operating procedures, policies and ordinances by applying advance technical and managerial knowledge and applying changes to meet departmental business goals and objectives. Monitors projects for regulatory compliance.
5. Monitors projects for legal compliance by applying engineering principles, contract and purchasing policies, and affected ordinances, codes, and regulations.
6. Markets programs to various customers.
7. Develops and monitors budgets for multiple CIP projects, programs, and/or divisions Responsible for projects by developing, managing and submission of proposed budget forecast planning for short and long term city planning. Develops long and short term planning/strategies. Coordinates, monitors, and manages grants.
8. Attends meetings and conducts presentations to the City Council, Boards, Commissions, etc. in the area of managing programs/projects. Solicits and assesses third party needs and requests by reviewing and providing solutions.
9. Develops and conducts training by determining business needs and scope of work performed by personnel and implementing programs. Provides technical advice and direction for assigned division, project, or program personnel. Develops design criteria, develops and monitors performance criteria.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

• Knowledge of management skills to programs, projects and personnel
• Knowledge of diversified, fundamental scientific and civil engineering concepts, phenomena, and relationships, and utilize such changes in solution of theoretical or practical civil engineering problems
• Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry
• Knowledge of modern methods, materials, and techniques of assigned discipline
• Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: Civil, Environmental, Structural, Architectural, Mechanical and/or Electrical engineering terminology and techniques
• Knowledge of City of Austin budget planning, purchasing and contract policies and procedures
• Knowledge of applicability of established engineering principles and methods.
• Knowledge of phases of the plans review and inspections processes.
• Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports
• Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the local and state ordinances and laws
• Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports
• Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution
• Skill in analyzing complex data from various sources, synthesizing collected information, and developing sound decisions/recommendations
• Skill in developing, reviewing, monitoring, and evaluating contracts for services and/or materials
• Ability to manage multiple projects and programs simultaneously within approved budgets
• Ability to understand and interpret engineering and technical data related to assigned responsibilities
• Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with internal and external customers
• Ability to perform more complex engineering computations, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry, rapidly and accurately
• Ability to communicate and provide direction to peers and assigned personnel
• Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific civil engineering problems and provide practical, cost effective solutions
• Ability to observe, compares, or monitors objects and data to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards