Senior Town Engineer - Wastewater

Town of Blacksburg   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on September 19, 2022
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General Definition of Work

The Senior Town Engineer performs complex professional and administrative work addressing laws and regulations relating to wastewater collection and pumping systems. This position conducts engineering studies, prepares engineering design and cost estimates for public works and public utilities projects, oversees construction inspection activities, prepares and maintains engineering plans, records and files, and performs related work as apparent or assigned. Duties will include serving as the Project Manager on Town Capital Improvement Program Projects and coordinating with the Interdepartmental Wastewater Work group as well.  Work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Engineering and GIS.     

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Analyzes wastewater treatment system for capacity, condition and sets priorities based upon risk model
  • Manages the Town's wastewater system, including metering, measurement, modeling, and data collection
  • Serves as liaison between Town and State and Federal wastewater permitting and regulation
  • Reviews, plans, prepares specifications, and serves as Project Manager for wastewater and capital improvement projects
  • Reviews site development projects for conformity to Town and State standards
  • Oversees Wastewater Infrastructure User and System Development group
  • Serves as right of way agent in acquiring rights of way and easements for wastewater projects
  • Presents to the Town Council and other public bodies

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering as related to the preparation of plans and specifications in the area assigned
  • Thorough knowledge of modern methods and techniques as applied to the design, construction, and maintenance of public works and utility facilities
  • Thorough knowledge of land and engineering survey systems, methods and techniques
  • Ability to instruct subordinate personnel in proper work methods and to supervise their work
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Ability to prepare technical reports
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town officials, employees, contractors, State and Federal officials and the general public

Education and Experience

  •  Bachelor's degree with coursework in Civil or Environmental Engineering, or related field and considerable experience in municipal wastewater systems 
  • Or Equivalent combination of education and experience


Special Requirements

  • Must possess Professional Engineer License

                   **Candidates with 3-5 years of experience who do not possess Professional Engineer License will be considered for Engineering II position with annual salary range of $64,566 to $71,286

  • Valid driver's license in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as a satisfactory driving record

Physical Requirements

This work requires the frequent exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel, climbing or balancing and repetitive motions, frequently requires sitting, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling and lifting and occasionally requires standing, walking and stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts within arm’s length, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work frequently requires exposure to fumes or airborne particles and exposure to outdoor weather conditions and occasionally requires wet, humid conditions (non-weather), working near moving mechanical parts, working in high, precarious places, exposure to the risk of electrical shock, exposure to loud mechanical high decibel noises, exposure to vibration and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).

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