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Overall Job Objective

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Salary to be commensurate with experience.
Senior Engineer
The hiring range for this position is $84,561.00 - $113,152.00 Annually 
The salary range for this position is $84,561.00 - $122,674.00 Annually 

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora!  We're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of: Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?
  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and wellness programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

Public Works Department:
The mission of the Public Works Department is to effectively promote and maintain a high level of economic welfare and quality of life in Aurora through the planning, design, construction, inspection, review, approval and maintenance of Aurora's transportation and drainage infrastructure. 

The Engineering Division of the Public Works Department is seeking a Senior Engineer with a technical focus in project pre-application, Master Plans, Site Plan, and roadway design, while maintaining a high-level view of ongoing developments in the City and the relationship to new projects. This individual is responsible for, including but not limited to, review of Master Plans, Public Improvement Plans, Site Plans, civil engineering plans, and may supervise team members (as assigned). The Development Review group provides a unique opportunity for engineers to work with a wide variety of City Departments and community stakeholders.  The types of projects can cover the full spectrum of commercial, industrial, master plans and single-family residential projects.

*All applications must include a Resume.*

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


Performs development review of drainage reports, site plans, and civil plans (construction drawings) for the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department under direction of Principal the team’s Engineering Supervisor and the City Engineer.  This individual will apply knowledge of civil engineering theory and practices to development and City-initiated projects.

 * Review development, site plans, and civil plans for conformance to annexation agreements, master plans, public improvements plans, city code ordinance, and roadway design and construction specifications & urban drainage requirements

* Attend pre-application meetings with Office of Development Assistance, other departments and developers.  Write orreview comprehensive notes for site- specific standards and requirements requirement notes for after meeting for developers, and their engineering teams, to use to generate applicable submittals.  

* Reviews design plans and technical reports for private development and public projects

* Ensures compliance with design standards, City policies and procedures, and governmental regulations and identify when a variance may be appropriate

* Develops technical criteria and may assist in the design of inter departmental complex engineering projects

* Coordinates with the Floodplain Administrator and/or Drainage lead on master/preliminary/final drainage reports

* Reviews drainage studies to identify impacts to potential developments

* Coordinate with management on workload and priorities, as assigned

* Acts as atechnical expert for engineers, technicians, other support personnel and other departments.

* Serve as awork lead or supervises (as assigned) for development review staff (junior tomid-level Engineers, Engineering Technicians, and Project Managers) 

* May coordinate and delegate reviews of reports and civil plans

* Develops and implements work procedures and policies

* Develops or supports operational priorities, goals, and objectives for assigned employees

* May participate as hiring supervisor or panel member in selection, hiring, training, evaluating and disciplining assigned employees

* Represents the City with both external and internal parties, including but not limited to coordinating with outside agencies on development related matters, attending Planning Commission and City Council

* Responds to citizen complaints and inquiries regarding concerns including but not limited to those associated with development

* Performs additional duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering 

  • Four (4) years of progressive experience in professional engineering work required
  • Eight (8) years of progressive experience in professional engineering work preferred
  • Experience in review of Master Plans, Site Plans, Public Improvement Plans, Variance Requests,  Civil Plans and Drainage Reports for land development / redevelopment and/or municipal engineering preferred
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Varied experience in the areas of civil, construction, environmental and/or geotechnical engineering including
    • Stormwater Management
    • Site Development Design, Review, and Permitting
    • Americans with Disabilities Acts design and compliance 
    • Grading and Erosion control including steep slope and retaining wall design

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

  • * Thorough knowledge of current engineering principles and practices applicable to municipal and development engineering projects

    * Thorough knowledge of roadway design and construction specifications

    * Thorough knowledge of CDOT standards

    * Thorough knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations related to assigned function.

    * Familiarity with of hydrology and hydraulics including City of Aurora Storm Drainage Manual and Mile High Flood District technical design criteria.  Thorough familiarity with knowledge of MHFD spreadsheets including UD Detention. 

    * Familiarity with of advanced hydrologic and hydraulic computer modeling including SWMM and HEC-RAS, StormCAD, Flowmaster, HY8 and the rational method

    * Familiarity with two-dimensional hydraulic modeling, CUHP, water quality best management practices engineering techniques


  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, citizens, and customers 
  • Handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with the public, commissions, City Council, other jurisdictions and agencies, and city staff regarding development projects and issues 
  • Customer service focused and able to collaboratively interface with internal and external clients, including contractors, fellow engineers and members of the public 
  • Interpret codes and criteria
  • Ability to review development plans and reports, quickly, accurately, and thoroughly on a clearly identified schedule
  • Providing clear comments of where plans do not meet criteria
  • Make decisions and solve or make recommendations for complex technical and procedural problems
  • Manage multiple projects, objectives, and competing priorities 
  • Lead small to large working teams. Establish, coordinate and direct work teams to accomplish assigned tasks to a successful completion
  • Work as a team member in a supporting or managing role
  • Coordinate multi-disciplined project teams
  • Use intelligence, common sense, hard work and tenacity to solve particularly difficult or complicated challenges. Employ expertise and credibility, evaluate and resolve complex or sensitive issues and problems
  • Support and contribute to planning and schedules of work unit operations and priorities, as assigned

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Skills in the use of field and office engineering instruments and equipment
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, GIS, and Accella
  • Communication skills to determine which method of communication is appropriate for the topic and discussion and appropriate information/tone: In-person meeting, video conference, audio conference or phone call, instant message, email or memo
  • Skill in the relevant use of computer stormwater modeling programs
  • Ability to work remotely

Licenses, Certificates or Equipment Required: 
  • Colorado Driver's License with a good driving record 
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) required with the State of Colorado, or ability to obtain through reciprocity from another state within 6 months of employment
  • Colorado driver's license with a good driving history


Physical Demands:     

  • Light to sedentary physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 15 pounds
  • Occasional lifting and carrying
  • Frequent walking and standing for field work and meetings
  • Vision to read and interpret reports and other written documents as well as produce
  • design work
  • Hand/eye coordination for operation of computer keyboard and engineering instruments
  • Hand/foot/eye coordination to operate a motor vehicle
  • Frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens 

Work Environment: 
  • Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment with occasional outdoor work including exposure to varying weather conditions, noise and dust, and traffic
  • COVID19 Working Conditions:  This position is currently designated as one which works from home for the majority of its duties.  This designation is subject to change.

Equipment Used: 
  • Personal computer, engineering instruments; electronic components; motor vehicle
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment 

Essential PersonnelWhen a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel. 
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies

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