Principal Engineer

Chesterfield County
Full Time $80,815 - $123,244 Per year VA 9840 Government Center Pkwy, Chesterfield, VA 23832, United States Apply before 6/2/2024 11:59


Minimum Qualifications

Who We Are
The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities is a public water and wastewater utility that uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver the highest quality service to its more than 121,000 water customers and 103,000 wastewater customers. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference in the community by meeting or exceeding water quality standards while also protecting the James River and Chesapeake Bay. We pride ourselves in being fiscally fit, being one of only a handful of water and wastewater utilities nationwide to have achieved AAA ratings on its revenue bonds from each of the three top ratings services.

What You Do and How You Do It
This Principal Engineer will serve as a manager within the Department of Utilities. The position is responsible for managing a team of Senior Engineers and/or Senior Engineering Assistants in all facets of utility engineering needed to support Utilities' role within the county. This includes plan review, permit review, cross-connection control and backflow prevention, system operational problem-solving, capital project management, facilities master planning, and system modeling. In this position you will:

  • Represent the county as part of a project team to manage impacts to the water and wastewater systems associated with land development proposals.

  • Provide close coordination with the county’s Economic Development prospects.

  • Assist with utility impacts of road improvement projects (CDOT and VDOT).

  • Assist Planning, Environmental Engineering, Fire, Transportation and Building Inspector’s Departments.

  • Evaluate and make recommendations for improvement to the water distribution and wastewater collection systems using engineering analysis, field data, and standard engineering practices.

  • Prepare and review monthly reports, drawings, specifications, cost estimates, and contracts.

  • Interact with the public and collaborate with other agencies, consulting firms, internal and external customers.

  • Host or attend meetings and presentations with diverse groups of internal and external customers pertaining to the design and construction of the public water and wastewater systems.

  • Supervise a team of senior engineers and/or senior engineering assistant providing the training, guidance, and responsibility for reaching the departments goals and expectations for project completion.

  • Perform other work, as required. 

Here’s What You Need
Bachelor's degree in engineering or a closely related field; five years of increasingly responsible experience in professional engineering; one year of supervisory experience preferred; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of engineering and pertinent federal, state and local laws and regulations related to public utilities. Ability to supervise the preparation of engineering design plans, specifications and cost estimates; to communicate effectively orally and in writing; to operate a personal computer and related software and other standard office equipment; to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers; to supervise subordinate engineers. Professional Engineer (PE) designation with public water and wastewater utility, project management, and supervisory experience strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter, possess a strong technical aptitude, and have excellent technical writing and oral communication skills. Additionally, the candidate must have proficient knowledge of water and wastewater systems, proficient in Microsoft Office applications, be a team player, and have the ability to develop positive working relationships.
Pre-employment drug testing, FBI criminal background check and education/degree verification required

The salary range for this position is $80,815 - $123,244. Salary offered will be based on qualifications and experience.
What's In It For You:
If you are passionate about making a difference in the community, join our team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefit package, including the Virginia Retirement System. We work hard to achieve our mission, but we also value work-life balance through paid-time off, flexible work schedules, and remote work opportunities. We support professional development through career development plans, tuition reimbursement program, our award-winning Learning and Performance Center programs, and opportunities for advancement within the organization. For more information, please visit Chesterfield County Department of Utilities.
We Would Love to Talk with You
Click the “apply” link above to complete and submit an application. Position open until filled (first review to begin May 13, 2024).


Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Chesterfield County is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion