Principal Engineers: Water/Wastewater

The City of Durham

About the organization

Work. Serve. Thrive. With the City of Durham
Advance in your career while making a real difference in the community you serve.

More than 300 talented, dedicated employees in the City of Durham's Water Management Department work to keep safe drinking water flowing throughout the City and manage wastewater effectively. We lead long-term water and wastewater planning and infrastructure development, regularly treat and test systems for environmental compliance, and engage the public in water conservation to ensure all of our customers have clean, safe water every time they turn on the tap. If you share our passion for managing vital water resources, bring your skills and talent to Durham!


• Manage all phases of projects including planning, surveying, design, review, construction, inspection, field supervision, and maintenance
• Provides technical and administrative support by responding to/investigating questions/ concerns
• Manages projects, programs, and assigned department operations; develops and administers contracts; develops operational policies and procedures; establishes project and unit goals; develops project scope, budgets, and schedules; trains staff; improves safety and operational processes
• Oversees data collection and analysis; conducts engineering studies; creates work plans and processes, identifying locations/areas requiring improvement; recommends and implements engineering and safety solutions, and tracks post-implementation project progress and requirements.
• Performs field inspections and monitors operations to ensure compliance with safety and other applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.
• Prepares, reviews, and analyzes engineering plans and bids, drawings, reports, contracts, agreements, presentations, specifications, request for proposals/qualifications, and other documentation; drafts ordinances and City Council communications; coordinates the review of and/or reviews design submittals from internal and external staff; develops technical specifications; and maintains records, logs, and databases.
• Assists with the coordination of and/or attend


• Bachelor's degree in engineering or a directly related field
• Five years of professional engineering experience with water and/or wastewater projects.
• Professional Engineer (PE) Registration or if you have a similar out of state certification/registration you must obtain North Carolina registration within six (6) months of start date.
• Must have a valid, unrestricted, North Carolina driver's license "or" if you currently have another state driver's license, must be willing and able to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire.

Additional Preferred Skills:
• Experience with basin planning and projections of water and sewer demands
• Experience with hydraulic modeling for water and/or sewer projects
• Contract administration for water/wastewater projects
• Understanding of principles, practices, modern methods, and techniques used in design and operation of distribution and collection systems
• Knowledge of applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to design, permitting, and operation of distribution and collection systems
• The ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally
• Experience with being an effective part of a team


$64,915.00 - $100,620.00 annually

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