Moulton Niguel Water District

Senior Engineer - Principal Engineer

Onsite - Laguna Hills, Ca, CA
$125K - $200K Annually
Full-Time
Application Deadline: 5/31/24

***UPCOMING 8% INCREASE IN JULY 2024***

Open Until filled and may close at any time.

Senior Engineer: Under the general direction of the Principal Engineer, perform highly responsible civil engineering work, execute and manage complex engineering and Capital Improvement Program projects; work closely with operations staff implementing infrastructure upgrades, repairs, and replacements; oversee consultants, contractors and subordinate staff in project execution; prepare various reports, requests for proposals, contracts, etc., necessary for implementing various water, recycled water, and wastewater related projects. This is a journey level fully qualified engineering professional with incumbent having considerable independence in selecting work methods and procedures. Duties and responsibilities are carried out with considerable independence within the framework of established policies and procedures. The work of this class is complex and involves significant accountability and independent decision-making responsibilities. (Base Salary Range: $130,998.40 – $176,300.80 Annually, D.O.Q.)

Principal Engineer: Under the general direction of the Director of Engineering, supervise the work of engineering personnel; provide professional engineering expertise; develop and manage major Capital Improvement Program projects and overall program; work closely with operations staff implementing infrastructure upgrades, repairs, and replacements; interface with governmental agencies, developers, contractors, and engineering consultants; prepare various reports, requests for proposals, contracts, etc., necessary for implementing various water, recycled water, and wastewater related projects. Incumbent is required to utilize considerable independence in selecting work methods and procedures. Duties and responsibilities are carried out with considerable independence within the framework of established policies and procedures. The work is complex and involves significant accountability and independent decision-making responsibilities. (Base Salary Range: $145,828.80 – $196,268.80 Annually, D.O.Q.)

 Essential Functions: The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.

 Senior Engineer:

  1. Act as project manager and/or project engineer for various engineering projects. Manage and monitor project budgets and schedules and update as necessary. Perform comprehensive oversight of the planning, design, procurement, and construction phases of assigned projects, as required.
  2. Respond to a variety of questions on the telephone or over the counter regarding water/sewer/recycled water facilities, fees, complaints, water pressure, utility locations etc.
  3. Interface with other District departments, governmental agencies, developers, contractors, and engineering consultants in conjunction with coordinating engineering services and functions.
  4. Prepare various reports, requests for proposals, contracts, etc. Review various documents, proposals, calculations, plans, etc.; select and recommend consultants.
  5. Review the tasks assigned to outside consultants performing work for the District to ensure projects are completed pursuant to the scope of work and within budget as established in the professional services agreement.
  6. Prepare construction plans and specifications, and review shop drawings, for District projects.
  7. Participate in the development, refinement, and implementation of various engineering programs such as corrosion control, pipeline liners, coatings, leak detection, performance testing, District standards, etc.
  8. Assist in private development workflow through the District, including: plan submittal, review, and approval; permitting, will serve, grease trap, fire flow, and backflow prevention programs; connection fee calculations; easement acceptance/coordination; project management; shop drawing review; and coordination between developers, contractors, and consultants.
  9. Perform resident engineer duties for construction activities associated with District facilities; support inspection, facility startup and commissioning activities as needed.
  10. Manage and maintain the District’s hydraulic models; perform modeling analysis to respond to inquiries, analyze field conditions, or perform planning functions.
  11. Maintain project files.
  12. Coordinate and administer the communication lease program including coordination with cellular carriers for new and existing sites, plan checking, adherence to District standards, construction, and other related activities.
  13. Review contractual agreements with other agencies and consultants.
  14. Represent the District at meetings of public and professional organizations, maintaining good relationships with all outside agencies.
  15. Participate in the selection, counseling, and training of employees. Review and evaluate performance of assigned personnel while providing guidance and employee development goals. May recommend salary adjustments, promotions, or disciplinary actions for assigned staff.
  16. Review and recommend necessary resources, staffing needs and structure, and strategies to achieve goals and objectives of the various work assignments.
  17. Assist in the development of the department’s operation budget. Assist in the preparation of the Capital Improvement Program budget. Monitor appropriations and expenditures. Recommend budget adjustments.
  18. Perform other duties as assigned.

Principal Engineer:

  1. Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the work of one or multiple work departments of the engineering division: recycled water, geographic information system, capital improvement program, private development, asset management, mapping and records, planning, and communications lease program.
  2. Act as project manager for groups of large complex civil engineering projects, including comprehensive oversight of the planning, design, procurement, and construction phases.
  3. Respond to a variety of questions on the telephone or over the counter regarding water/sewer/recycled water facilities, fees, complaints, water pressure, utility locations, etc.
  4. Interface with other District departments, governmental agencies, developers, contractors, and engineering consultants in conjunction with coordinating engineering services and functions.
  5. Prepare various reports, requests for proposals, contracts, etc. Review various documents, proposals, calculations, plans, etc.; select and recommend consultants.
  6. Review the tasks assigned to outside consultants performing work for the District to ensure projects are completed pursuant to the scope of work and within budget as established in the professional services agreement.
  7. Prepare construction plans and specifications, and oversee shop drawing review, for District projects.
  8. Oversee the development, refinement, and implementation of various engineering programs such as corrosion control, pipeline liners, coatings, leak detection, performance testing, District standards, etc.
  9. Manage private development workflow through the District, including: plan submittal, review, and approval; permitting, will serve, grease trap, fire flow, and backflow prevention programs; connection fee calculations; easement acceptance/coordination; project management; shop drawing review; and coordination between developers, contractors, and consultants.
  10. Perform resident engineer duties for construction activities associated with District facilities; support inspection, facility startup and commissioning activities as needed.
  11. Manage and maintain the District’s hydraulic models; perform modeling analysis to respond to inquiries, analyze field conditions, or perform planning functions.
  12. Supervise the maintenance, filing and storage of District records, including sectional maps, easements, agreements, and project files.
  13. Supervise and direct the development, implementation, and maintenance of the District’s Geographic Information System (GIS).
  14. Supervise and direct the communication lease program including coordination with cellular carriers for new and existing sites, plan checking, adherence to District standards, construction, and other related activities.
  15. Review contractual agreements with other agencies and consultants.
  16. Represent the District at meetings with public and professional organizations, maintaining good relationships with all outside agencies.
  17. Participate in the selection, counseling, and training of employees. Review and evaluate performance of assigned personnel while providing guidance and employee development goals. May recommend salary adjustments, promotions, or disciplinary actions for assigned staff.
  18. Review and recommend necessary resources, staffing needs and structure, and strategies to achieve goals and objectives of the various work assignments.
  19. Develop the department’s operation budget. Prepare the Capital Improvement Program budget. Monitor appropriations and expenditures. Recommend budget adjustments.
  20. Review and approve purchase requisitions for the various work divisions up to approved levels.
  21. Review and approve Board and Committee items prepared by staff.
  22. Present staff reports and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on issues for its consideration and action; carry out direction given by the Board of Directors.
  23. Provide leadership to the Engineering department in the absence of the Director of Engineering.
  24. Perform other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications: One single guiding principle in every search for new Moulton Niguel Water District team members is identifying those applicants that are humble, motivated, and hard-working. Moulton Niguel expects new team members to uphold its workplace culture of an environment in which all employees interact with co-workers, supervisors, and the public in a positive, cooperative, and supportive manner.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the KSAs is:

Senior Engineer:

  1. Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or related field. Masters degree in a related engineering or management major from an accredited university is preferred.
  2. Five to twelve years of professional engineering experience in project management, planning, design, construction oversight, supervision and administration of water, recycled water, and wastewater facility implementation and utility operations.
  3. Must be a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.
  4. Must possess a valid California driver’s license and maintain a safe driving record.

Principal Engineer:

  1. Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or related field. Masters degree in a related engineering or management major from an accredited university is preferred.
  2. Minimum of ten years of professional engineering experience in project management, planning, design, construction oversight, supervision and administration of water, recycled water, and wastewater facility implementation and utility operations, including a minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible supervisory experience.
  3. Must be a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.
  4. Must possess a valid California driver’s license and maintain a safe driving record. 

 Physical Qualifications: Must be able to carry, push, pull, reach, and lift parts weighing up to 40 lbs.; must be able to work in an environment that could produce exposure to dust, dirt, water, potable water, significant temperature changes, and inclement weather; and, must be able to communicate effectively with the Board of Directors, District staff and customers in face-to-face, one-on-one settings and in group settings.

Recruiter Information:

MNWD