Project Engineer III/Manager
Prince William County Service Authority - Woodbridge, VA

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Under the supervision of the Director of Engineering and Planning, performs complex engineering and management functions. Manages the provision of engineering and related services and day-to-day operations of the Development Section Oversees Inspections staff and works to resolve conflicts that arise during the construction process. Position may perform specialized engineering analysis. Overall goals are set and the worker makes work-plans extending over periods of several weeks or months and determines the specific tasks and assignments to be performed, and independently manages new, unusual problems and deviations encountered in the work.

Position Responsibilities / Essential Job Functions:
  • Manages and supervises day-to-day Operations of Development Section to include but not limited to the review of development plans, preparation of as-built plans for development projects and fire hydrant testing program. Meets with review staff, engineers and developers to resolve plan review comments and construction issues. Responsible for detailed logs and record keeping of projects for review by staff and computes and tracks plan review fees. Reviews and approves field revisions to approved construction plans. Prepares monthly development reports to track the level of activity in the section. Maintains database of Service Authority easements. Reviews plats and deeds prior to recordation to ensure they are correct.
  • Manages Inspections Supervisor and inspections staff. Meets with staff to resolve conflicts that arise during the construction process. Coordinates review of requests for construction bond reductions and extensions. Assists in the creation, review and revision of construction standards, details and operating procedures. Reviews work, and takes actions to adjust work, staffing and operations to meet requirements. Selects trains and evaluates staff, and takes appropriate actions to improve performance when necessary. Initiates actions regarding hiring, transfer, promotion, payroll, leaves, performance and other personnel actions. Plans and directs work of section.
  • Coordinates and supervises development plan review, availability of service and other related issues. Works with developers and others wishing to connect to the Service Authority’s system.
  • Supervises State program that allows the Service Authority to approve and permit certain utilities without State review. Reviews and signs project reports sent to the state. Responsible for "Local Review Authority" Program as established with the State Department of Health.
  • Recommends fee requirements for plan review and inspection.
  • Coordinates Closeout Of Development Projects – Schedules and tracks requests of bond release inspections; ensures inspections are done and punch lists are sent to the developer. Coordinates the release of bonds with the County Bond Administrator. Maintains list of accepted projects and advise Utility Services, GIS and Operations and Maintenance Division of changes in status on a regular schedule. Insures that contributed asset sheets are completed and submitted on a monthly basis.
  • Master Plan Utility Adjustments (MPUA ) – Reviews incoming plans to determine if the Service Authority needs to negotiate with the developer to have larger water and/or sewer infrastructure installed to support SA Capital Improvements Plan or provide access to adjacent properties. Assists in the review of these projects and preparation of documentation to support these requests. Maintains list of active MPUA’a and records of past work.
  • VDOT and PWC Road Projects – Attends utility field meetings to discuss location and relocation of Service Authority facilities and desired betterments to facilities. Assigns projects to review staff. Assists in negotiations with VDOT/PWC on utility relocations and betterments. Coordinates with Inspections Staff to resolve conflicts that occur during the construction process.
  • Meets with engineers, developers and property owners to discuss location and capacity of facilities, Service Authority standards and fees, and future improvements proposed by the development community and the Service Authority. Provides the public with information on the Service Authority’s facilities. Meets with homeowners to discuss connecting existing homes to public utilities, water pressure problems and impact of proposed development. Assists Mapping Section by reviewing map grids for accuracy and completeness. Provides Operations and Maintenance Division and others with as-built and other utility information.
  • Chairs Authority cross – functional Product Review Committee to evaluate proposed new materials or products for use by developers. Schedules meetings on new projects and sends out the Committee’s decisions. Keeps minutes of committee meetings. Meet with vendors to discuss new products and set up demonstrations.
  • Performs Project Management. Reviews design of water and sewer facilities. Negotiates easements for water and sewer projects. Processes plans through Local, State, and Federal agencies. Manages design and construction of CIP projects as assigned. Negotiates individual task orders for engineering services. Tracks budgets on engineering services task orders. Approves payment of invoices for Engineering Services provided.
  • Coordinates and assigns work of professional and sub-professonal engineering personnel engaged in the review, design and construction of public water and sewer facilities, costs, and scheduling to meet requirements. Assists in the preparation of budget and CIP.
  • Performs contract administration. Negotiates and recommends approval of contracts for consulting engineering contracts. Recommends approval of contracts for construction projects. Tracks and administers contracts, including approval of award of contracts, payments, and change orders. Supervises and participates in the preparation of specifications for equipment and materials. Reviews and evaluates bids received for construction projects. Obtains engineering service for the Authority through negotiation of Basic Ordering Agreements.
  • Supervises contract inspection.
  • Reviews and coordinates County Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
  • Reviews special operation and maintenance system problems and recommends solutions.
  • Reviews and updates various engineering standards.
  • Conducts field surveys, site visits and project inspections as necessary.
  • Provides general information through meetings and information sessions concerning the Service Authority to the general public, landowners, engineers, and developers.
  • Coordinates engineering services for Operations and Maintenance Division.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with other Engineering, O&M, Finance, Management and Budget and other Service Authority organizations and personnel to ensure efficient and effective operations.
  • May be deemed essential at any time.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Essential Skills and Experience:
  • Knowledge of: the theories, concepts, principles and practice of engineering relating to the planning, design, construction and operation of public water and sewer facilities; contract administration; effective techniques of supervision; computer equipment and software applications related to assignment; English usage, spelling and grammar.
  • Ability to: supervise engineering and related activities and technical staff; prepare and interpret specifications, contract documents and reports; exercise sound judgment and determine effective courses of action; plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the work of professional and sub-professional engineering personnel; operate computer equipment and software applications related to assignment; establish and maintain effective working relations with public officials, contractors, the general public and fellow employees; communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Bachelor's degree in civil or environmental engineering or related field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional engineering experience in the design and construction of water and sewer facilities.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia or ability to obtain registration within one year of appointment.
  • Or combination of education and experience described above.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Physical Demands: The work is partly sedentary with periods of light to moderate physical activity. Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for short periods; lift and carry up to 20 pounds; climb stairs, ladders or scaffolding; bend, kneel and crouch; reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; and operate computer or typewriter keyboards. The work requires the ability to speak clearly, to see and hear clearly with or without correction, and to detect odors.
· Work environment: Primary work is performed indoors in an office setting. Occasionally work is performed outdoors when visiting field sites. When working outdoors, employee is subject to work beyond the normal scheduled hours. Employees are exposed to dirt and soil; unpleasant odors; working outside in hot and humid conditions, or in inclement weather; and to hazards in the work. Employees are required to wear protective gear to protect against hazards in the work.

The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications do not express absolute employment or promotional standards. They are general guidelines that should be considered along with the job related selection or promotional criteria.

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