Senior Utilities Engineer

  • Hayward, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Engineering Utilities
  • Salary: $128,918.40 - $156,665.60 Annually USD

Job Description


DEADLINE TO APPLY: Next Review: December 15, 2021 by 5:00PM; Open Until Filled

The City of Hayward is seeking a Senior Utilities Engineer with a water and/or wastewater background to supervise, direct, plan, and coordinate the activities of the Utilities Division. The Senior Utilities Engineer is a mid-management level position that performs, oversees, and directs engineering activities including planning, conceptual design, final design, cost estimating, project bidding, services during construction and construction management for a variety of projects in wastewater treatment, water storage and distribution, sewer collection, and storm water management. The ideal candidate will possess in-depth knowledge of wastewater treatment and related water/wastewater infrastructure projects. This position will serve as a key member of the team that will manage and deliver a $100 million treatment system upgrade for the City's Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) to incorporate nutrient removal into the treatment process.

Under general direction, supervise, direct, plan, and coordinate the assigned functions and activities of the Engineering Section of the Utilities Division.

This is a mid-management level position that performs, oversees, and directs all assigned activities of the Utilities engineering section, including planning, conceptual design, final design, cost estimating, project bidding process, services during construction and construction management for variety of projects in water distribution, sewer collection, stormwater management, and wastewater treatment. This position is distinguished from that of subordinate Associate Civil Engineer position by its responsibility for the supervision of assigned engineering and technical staff, in addition to engineering and technical responsibilities for project development, design, and construction management for more complex projects. This position is distinguished from Deputy Director of Public Works for Utilities by the latter position's overall responsibility for all aspects of the Utilities Division functions.

Essential Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Assists in the development and implementation of the Engineering Section's goals, objectives, policies and priorities.

Plans, organizes, controls and evaluates the assigned functions and activities of the Engineering Section of the Utilities Division.

Provides direct and close supervision in the preparation of assigned master plans and studies that outline future water, wastewater and drainage requirements.

Prepares drawings, models, and displays for special studies and reports completed by the Utilities Division, and explores and studies the preparation of area wide master plans guiding future installations of major water and sewer facilities.

Directs the work and provides general supervision in the preparation of plans, specifications, cost estimates and the administration of contracts for small construction projects in utilities (e.g., small water main, sewer main and storm drainage projects).

Revises and updates standard specifications and details related to water and wastewater utilities.

Checks plans prepared by other agencies for conflict with the City's existing and proposed utilities systems.

Consults with and advises other City employees on utilities engineering matters.

Participates in the selection and supervision of private professional engineers for the development of plans and specifications, studies and reports.

Coordinates utilities engineering related activities with Engineering & Transportation Division, other City departments, divisions, and sections and with outside agencies.

Prepares reports and makes recommendations on the Utilities Division's portion of the City's capital improvement program.

Develops and recommends an annual budget and priority for assigned utilities projects.

Consults with contractors, builders, and engineers on problems relating to the design, construction, and maintenance of assigned utilities facilities.

Coordinates construction management of the Utilities Division's projects with the Engineering and Transportation Division staff.

Consults with and advises the Deputy Director on issues relating to the Utilities Engineer's particular function.

Advises other sections and program staff within the Utilities Division on engineering and technical matters.

Prepares project statements outlining scope of projects, design criteria, available data, background, scheduling coordination, and financing for utilities projects.

Participates in interviews and selection of new employees under the position responsibilities as directed, and trains employees in work procedures, standards and safety practices.

Prepares and provides input into employee performance evaluations, including setting and assessing goals, conducts counseling on work-related issues, and makes recommendations regarding discipline.

Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering.
  • Familiarity with applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to planning, design and construction of water, wastewater, and storm drainage projects.
  • Current developments, literature, and sources of information relative to municipal utilities engineering.
  • Modern methods and techniques used in the design and construction of a wide variety of utilities engineering projects.
  • Group and interpersonal dynamics.
  • Principles of management and supervision including work planning, direction, training and evaluation of work and staff performance.
  • Asset management.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Ability to:
  • Supervise, train and evaluate professional and technical subordinates.
  • Set priorities, organize projects and meet deadlines and budget constraints.
  • Perform complex engineering computations and design, check, and supervise the construction of a wide variety of municipal utilities facilities.
  • Communicate both orally and in writing to prepare clear and accurate reports, lead discussions, and present information to City staff, contractors, and the general public.
  • Complete assignments in a timely manner with minimum supervision.
  • Plan and direct the work of other personnel.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups.
  • Resolve utilities related construction problems in the field.

Minimum Qualifications


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in professional engineering work in the design and construction of water and wastewater projects including one (1) year of supervisory or lead experience.

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, or a closely related field with major work in civil engineering. A master's degree is desirable.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession and maintenance of a certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer (Civil or Mechanical) in the State of California.

Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California driver's license.

Supplemental Information

H810 Senior Utilities Engineer
Created August 1995
Revised August 2011
EEO Code: 02
FPPC STATUS: Designated

Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire which fully describe the nature of their professional experience and qualifications . Applications submitted without all required materials will not be considered.

Based on the information provided, employment applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Those best qualified may be invited to the next phase of the process, which may include an oral, practical, written examination and/or supplemental questionnaires reviewed by subject matter experts.

The examination process will result in a ranked eligible register of candidates for hiring consideration by the department derived from any of the exam processes mentioned above. Actual hire depends on success in the departmental selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background/reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

Applicants will be notified electronically via Government Jobs as to their status in the selection process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they can receive email notice from Neogov/Government Jobs and the City of Hayward.


Candidates are encouraged to apply online at under the Current Vacancies tab or at Paper applications can be obtained by visiting the Human Resources Department at Hayward City Hall located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system. Our on-line application system is provided by Government Jobs. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Government Jobs Help Desk at (855) 524-5627.

The City of Hayward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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