The City of Portland is seeking to fill Senior Engineer vacancies in the Portland Water Bureau. The Portland Water Bureau provides high quality water, customer service and stewardship of the critical infrastructure, fiscal, and natural resources entrusted to our care. PWB enhances public health and safety and contributes to the economic viability and livability of the Portland metropolitan region. PWB is a recognized leader among water service agencies across the country.
The Portland Water Bureau is seeking Senior Engineers to work in its Engineering Services Group. Senior Engineers supervise and participate in complex engineering projects and analyses, including providing research, preparing planning documents, and developing plans and designs for a variety of water facilities. Senior Engineers perform as project engineer-of-record and/or project manager on public works design and construction projects; and plan and direct the work of professional and technical staff, consultants and contractors.
The position requires the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in scheduling, assigning and coordinating the work with other units and external consulting engineers or contractors. Senior Engineers are expected to perform and administer complex professional engineering work requiring a substantial level of professional training and experience. Senior Engineers are first level supervisors in small work groups and have direct involvement in the technical and operational work of the group.
Current vacancies are in the Engineering Project Planning Branch, Design, and/or in Construction Management. Future Senior Engineer vacancies in the Engineering Services Group may also be filled from this recruitment.
PWB values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. PWB encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Although not required, PWB encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
Knowledge and experience in Engineering theory, principles, practices, construction techniques, current industry trends, regulations, standards, equipment, materials, and costs applicable to water system projects.
Knowledge and experience in Engineering planning, design, contract administration, construction management, and project management principles and techniques.
Knowledge of the principles of budget, personnel, cost control and administrative practices and policies, including developing, monitoring, managing, and reporting on budgets.
Ability to plan, assign, supervise and coordinate the work of field, professional, and technical subordinates.
Knowledge and experience preparing, reviewing, approving, and interpreting engineering plans and specifications.
Ability to engage in problem solving and communicate, both written and oral communication, scientific and technical matters to peers and non-technical individuals, including policy makers and the public.
A valid state driver’s license with an acceptable driving record at time of hire.
Be a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oregon, or the ability to obtain an Oregon Professional Engineer certificate within six months of appointment.
Internal Number: 2018-00135
About City of Portland Water Bureau
The Water Bureau has delivered drinking water from the forest to customers’ faucets since 1895. The Portland water system serves drinking water to more than 966,600 Oregonians, almost one-quarter of the population of Oregon. Portland’s high quality water comes primarily from the Bull Run Watershed, an unfiltered surface water supply with rainfall that generates a highly reliable source for the region with two reservoirs and a capacity of more than 200 million gallons per day. In addition, the bureau is fortunate to have a robust secondary source with the Columbia South Shore Well Field.
The bureau has over $8 billion in system assets, a proposed annual budget of $212 million and a projected five-year Capital Improvement Program budget of approximately $392 million. The utility is one of only a dozen or so utilities in the United States with a Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investment Services, which is a reflection of the bureau’s responsible fiscal management that enables the bureau to benefit its ratepayers with low borrowing costs for its capital program.