Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

The Principle Engineer - Engineering Supervisor is the most advanced professional/technical level in the engineering class providing high level subject matter expertise in support of the operational areas of Aurora Water. The Principal Engineer for Water Transmission and Distribution is responsible for taking the lead on Water transmission, distribution, supply, pumping and storage related science and engineering issues and performing liaison/communication responsibilities in response to operating needs of the Department.  This position oversees scientific, engineering, and process control issues and takes steps to develop and implement solutions. This position is also plans, organizes, and directs complex engineering analyses and manages complex projects for the Water Department under the supervision of the Engineering Services Manager.

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and mentors other engineers; 
  • Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks: 
    • Oversees the management and development of water/sewer special projects relating to planning, engineering, development processes, policies and standards for the City;
    • Participates in updating and drafting revisions to existing City codes, ordinances and design standards;
    • Initiates and manages complex engineering projects, including the development of scopes of work and budgets, negotiating contracts with design consultants, conducting a wide range of public and special group meetings, coordinating activity involving multiple Departments and providing inspiration and guidance to professional staff assisting with these projects;
    • Serves as a team member in the development of short and long term Capital Improvement budgets and program goals;
  • Serves as a spokesperson for assigned special projects and represents the City;
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory agencies, Federal, State, and Local policies and procedures;
  • Provides technical input and recommendations regarding water transmission and distribution systems
  • Reviews and writes complex technical reports and SOP's;
  • Performs engineering calculations and evaluations required to support Water Operations;
  • Provides overall project management including planning, design, construction management, budget and schedule management; works with consulting engineers, contractors, and other agencies to explain, interpret, and create City's design requirements, codes, and specifications;
  • Provides professional/technical assistance and project updates to citizens, other departments, management and City Council;
  • Assists in training and instructing of employees; assures that completed projects meet established quality standards;
  • Keeps current on latest trends in technology and procedures in the utilities industry and makes recommendations for implementation in Aurora;
  • Assists in developing operational priorities, goals and objectives;
  • Works with City's Purchasing and Contracts Division in publishing requests for proposals and in selecting consultants and contractors;
  • Performs additional duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Education:   Bachelor's degree in from an accredited institution in Civil, Environmental, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering (or similar related field). Master's Degree preferred.

Experience:     At least 10 years professional level engineering experience with water and wastewater piping and pumping systems, including storage tanks.


  • Knowledge of current engineering principles and practices applicable to public utilities projects; local, state and federal laws and regulations related to assigned function.
  • Knowledge of applicable water/sewer codes, ordinances and design standards and can properly interpret such documents as to how they relate to Water goals and issues; land development practices, review procedures, development of related issues and concerns;
  • Knowledge of design and operation of water transmission and distribution, pumping and storage systems and wastewater pumping systems; advanced mathematical techniques;
  • Knowledge if Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens
  • Handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Establish and fulfill goals and objectives
  • Direct and/or supervise other employees
  • Plan and schedule work unit operations
  • Perform as a project manager for complex projects
  • Be a creative thinker who is driven by opportunities to continually improve
  • Use graphic instructions such as blueprints, schematic drawings, layouts or other visual aids
  • Work effectively with a diverse group of people
  • Apply scientific and engineering principles to work assignments
  • Make complex mathematical calculations
  • Provide thoughtful and thorough analysis
  • Take initiative in identifying problems and solutions relative to Water operations
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously and use good judgment in prioritizing work assignments
  • Act as a lead in facilitating solutions to complex Water challenges
  • Attend or conduct various meetings as needed
  • Independently represent Water in multiple internal and external settings
  • Behaves and makes decisions consistent with City of Aurora values and Water vision and mission
Skills:  Strong interpersonal, analytical, and project management skills.
Licenses, Certificates or Equipment Required:
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the United States, State of Colorado preferred.
  • Driver's license with a good driving history.  This position may require occasional use of personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.).

Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Sedentary physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds; occasional lifting, carrying, walking and standing; vision for data analysis and preparation; hand/eye coordination for operation of computer keyboard; foot/eye coordination for operation of motor vehicle for field inspections; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens.

Work Environment:  Primarily works in a clean, comfortable environment; may perform some outdoor work for field inspections.

Equipment Used: Personal computer and motor vehicle.

Aurora is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The city also maintains compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The city's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) is available for review by contacting the Employee Relations Officer in the Human Resources Division at 303-739-7225.

If you need assistance or reasonable accommodation for completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at: 303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

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