Utility Engineer - Water Administration

Water Administration, 209 E. Hwy 80, Abilene, Texas, United States of America Req #724
Friday, September 29, 2023


Under general direction, primarily in an office environment, to perform professional engineering work involved in the evaluation, investigation, design, construction inspection and oversight, as well as operations of the water and wastewater systems; and to apply engineering skills and knowledge to a variety of engineering problems and plans.


May exercise technical and functional supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff.


Provide engineering and technical direction for planning and design of water and wastewater utility projects prior to construction or major renovation to ensure compliance with City standards and expectations.

Coordinate with other City Departments in the review and approval of public utility improvements associated with developer and owner plats, site plans, and construction plans.

Review and update City’s water and wastewater standards and specifications on a periodic basis.

Interface with consultants and developers in a way that maintains a positive and cooperative attitude of development while ensuring a better utility for future generations.

Review plans and specifications prior to instituting projects in order to ensure all deliverables align with organization requirements.

Develop distribution and collection engineering drawings, equipment/material specifications, and budgetary estimates.

Conduct special projects as assigned.

Confer with developers and property owners regarding effects of work projects.

Provide input in departmental budget preparation and budget control activities.

Maintain liaison with other City departments and outside organizations.

Inspect construction projects.

Operate a City vehicle daily to travel to various water treatment plants, pump stations, storage tanks, lakes, and vendors.


Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of water and wastewater systems.

Principles and practices of engineering as applied to utilities construction and maintenance.

Methods, materials, practices, and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of water distribution/treatment and sewage collections/treatment systems.

Principles of organization, administration, budget, and personnel management.

Safe driving principles and practices.

Skill to:

Operate a variety of tools and equipment including gas detector and inspection testing devices.

Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment.

Safely operate a motor vehicle.

Ability to:

Perform complex engineering computations, including QC, design, and preparation of engineering plans and studies.

Analyze technical data and reports.

Plan, organize, and direct the work of others.

Select, train, and evaluate professional and technical subordinates.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and make presentations to the City Council, City Administration, and to community organizations.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.

Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Lead, manage, and perform as a team member in a manner that accomplishes the Division’s mission and treats team members with dignity, courtesy, and respect.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

For positions with more than one level, all listed requirements at the lower levels are required at the higher levels. Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:


Four (4) years of technical engineering experience, under the direct supervision of a licensed professional engineer, sufficient to meet the requirements to secure registration as a professional engineer in the State of Texas, to include experience in construction design and project management is required.


A Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field from a college or university accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) with major course work in civil engineering or a related field is required.

License or Certificate:

Registration as a licensed professional engineer, or possess Texas E.I.T. Certificate with ability to secure Professional Registration within six (6) months of employment is required.

Preference given for possession of the appropriate water and/or wastewater license.

A valid Texas driver’s license; the ability to obtain one within ninety (90) days, or a military waiver is required.

Special Requirements:

Exposure to cold, heat, noise, outdoors, vibration, confined work spaces, chemicals, explosive materials, mechanical hazards, and electrical hazards.

Ability to travel to different sites.

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

With or without accommodation, the “X” indicates the overall strength demand of the position during a typical workday:

­­___ Sedentary – lifting of no more than 10 pounds

___ Light – lifting no more than 20 pounds; carrying up to 10 pounds

_X_ Medium – lifting no more than 50 pounds; carrying up to 25 pounds

___ Heavy – lifting no more than 100 pounds; carrying up to 50 pounds

___ Very Heavy – team lifting over 100 pounds; carrying more than 50 pounds

Physical Demand Codes: The following describes whether or not the position is expected to exert the physical demands listed during a typical workday as well as the overall frequency of the task:

Codes for how often:

N = No

E = Extensive (100 – 70% of the time)

M = Moderate (60 – 30% of the time)

I = Infrequent (20 – 10% of the time)

A = Almost Never (<10% of the time)

Code / Task

_M__ Standing

_M__ Sitting

_M__ Walking

_I__ Lifting

_I__ Carrying

_I__ Pushing/Pulling

_A__ Overhead Work

_E__ Fine Dexterity

_I__ Kneeling

_I__ Crouching

_I__ Crawling

_M__ Bending

_M__ Twisting

_I__ Climbing

_E__ Balancing

_E__ Vision

_M__ Hearing

_E__ Talking

___ Other: _____________________

Other details

  • Job Family Utility Engineer - Water Administration
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $90,755.12
  • Max Hiring Rate $113,444.00
Location on Google Maps
  • Water Administration, 209 E. Hwy 80, Abilene, Texas, United States of America