Seattle Public Utilities – Senior Civil Engineer, PE, closes on 7/25/17

Senior Civil Engineer, PE

$48.92 – $56.96 Hourly
Seattle, WA
Job Type
Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time
Seattle Public Utilities
Job Number
7/25/2017 4:00 PM Pacific
Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities provides solid waste and drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses, and drinking water for the 1.3 million regional customers both in Seattle and the 26 municipalities and special water districts also served by the Utility.   “Our Promise” (Download PDF reader) to the community is to deliver efficient and forward-looking utility services that keep Seattle the best place to live.  Our customers depend on us to be there for them – to deliver utility services reliably and to spend their dollars wisely. 

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking a Senior Civil Engineer to join “Our Team” in delivering largest and most complex civil infrastructure project to date: the Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP), a $420M+ underground storage tunnel with neighborhood conveyance systems with flow control structures that will reduce the amount of polluted water that spills into Seattle waterways. 

Working within SPU policies and procedures, the employee’s responsibilities will include technical engineering design coordination and review, consultant contract procurement and management, facilitating workshops, supporting permit acquisition, supporting environmental studies and issues, and coordinating with other branches of SPU and other City departments.

Job Responsibilities

This position will coordinate and perform senior-level project engineering in professional civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering duties in the initiation, option analysis, design, construction, closeout, and operation and maintenance of municipal public works, utilities, and services projects. 

Will require an extensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of civil, structural, geotechnical, and construction engineering, including methods, materials, equipment, and techniques used in civil engineering and construction;  extensive knowledge and ability to perform civil engineering design, cost estimating, drafting, and computations in order to oversee the development of contract documents, including construction drawings and project specifications which reflect interpretation of existing plans and specifications, required codes, permit requirements,  real properties, and environmental requirements. 

Examples of Duties:

  • Serves as Project Engineer on the SCWQP Fremont Conveyance work package coordinating technical design that includes combined sewer conveyance from existing combined sewer to storage tunnel, flow control diversion structures which include weirs and/or automatic real-time gate, flow monitoring structure, watermain relocation, rehabilitation of existing sand catcher structure, electrical, instrumentation and control, street restoration, and landscaping. The project team is a multidisplinary team comprised of SPU and consultant designers.
    • Serves as Lead Civil Designer for SCWQP Ballard Conveyance work package. Project is currently in Option Analysis phase. Approximately 2,000 linear feet of combined sewer conveyance pipe from existing combined sewer to storage tunnel. flow control diversion structures which include weirs and/ or automatic real-time gate, flow monitoring structure, grit removal structure, electrical, instrumentation and control, street restoration, and landscaping.
  • Coordinates and/or prepares contract documents, technical specifications and plans using sound knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of civil engineering and asset management
  • Performs preliminary and final design and/or prepares design criteria for geotechnical, structural, tunneling, hydraulics, sewers, storm drains, water mains, transmission pipelines, pump stations, shoring and retaining structures, and other related public works projects
  • Reviews and/or prepares cost estimates, engineering reports, and technical memoranda for public works projects.
  • Monitors the work of consultants to ensure compliance with contract provisions and scope of work.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education- Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering, or related field.
Experience- Five (5) or more years of professional civil engineering experience. 
Education/Experience Equivalency- A combination of education, training or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class may substitute for the required education or experience.

  • Current Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.
  • Current Washington State driver’s license or ability to obtain the license prior to start date.

The ideal candidate will also have the following:

  • Lead design experience on technically complex projects
  • Broad based engineering skills encompassing drainage and wastewater engineering, hydraulic engineering, geotechnical engineering, microtunneling, pipeline design, pump station design, and knowledge of environmental/permitting processes.
  • AutoCAD and Civil 3D, or Revit (or equivalent CAD software) proficiency.
  • Project management experience.
  • Proven record of successfully managing engineering solutions for high dollar, high visibility infrastructure projects with multiple stakeholders.
Additional Information

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment.
  • Field assignments entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances and work in or near construction sites.
  • May be required to lift over 50 pounds.
  • May be required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time.
  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

Job offers are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process. 

No relocation benefits will be offered for this opening.

To apply, visit the website link below.

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500
Seattle, Washington, 98104.

Last chance to apply to Amazon Catalyst this school year!

The Amazon Catalyst program was formed as a collaboration between Amazon and UW CoMotion to help fund big ideas. This program is open to any current UW students, faculty, and staff across all three UW campuses and all disciplines. Winners receive mentorship, community, and funding from anywhere between $10,000 to $100,000. Read about the Amazon Catalyst Fellows and learn more about the solutions they are creating to pressing global challenges at

This quarter’s application deadline is June 9, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. This will be the last deadline of the academic school year and the final opportunity for graduating students to apply. The program will resume with a deadline in late fall.

Do you have an idea? Do you have questions about how your project fits into the scope of Amazon Catalyst? Feel free to email

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Hello YMF Members!

It’s that time of year again, The ASCE/SEAW Golf Tournament is returning! This year’s tournament will be Friday, Aug 18th, at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond. Early bird rates are available through June 24th, so sign up soon! For more information, click here.

Finally, YMF Elections are coming soon! More details will be sent out in the next couple weeks, but please consider running and volunteering your enthusiasm to improve the YMF!

UW MOSSIC – a support system for students on the autism spectrum

MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus) uses an empirically supported intervention strategy (peer mentoring) to provide organizational and social support for UW students with ASD and related challenges. An interdisciplinary team from the UW Speech and Hearing Sciences department trains undergraduate peer mentors to support mentees with ASD to help them reach their individual goals (e.g., navigation to campus resources, assistance with time management strategies and tools, strategies for communication with professors or partnered/group work, etc.).

MOSSAIC mentees meet weekly one-on-one with their mentor, participate in monthly events with other mentors and mentees, build relationships within the group and around campus, and maximize their personal talents and strengths for ongoing success. The role of the peer mentor is to suggest supports to compensate for executive functioning, social, and other difficulties as related to accessing and enhancing the mentees’ collegiate experience – not to attempt to “fix” any aspect of neurological or social functioning.

A formal diagnosis of ASD is not a requirement of participation. Students may join the program at any time during their college experience, as part- or full-time students, and as traditional or non-traditional students. There is a nominal quarterly cost for participation, with financial assistance available. For more information, please visit, email, or call (206) 543-5440.

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SCTL Tech Day applicants compete for face time with Urban Freight Lab senior executives and investors to pitch their technology product.  Application proposals must deliver a solution to one or more of the Urban Freight Lab’s goals:

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The application deadline is June 30, 2017! 

Four finalists will be selected to present their concept to a panel of judges at Tech Day on September 12.

Visit the Tech Day Competition site for details and to apply!

Buerk Center’s Environmental Innovation Practicum

Environmental Innovation Practicum

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Each weekly seminar instructed by Deb Hagen-Lukens will help students discover how to create solutions to environmental problems. Students will form inter-disciplinary teams and create project-based solutions while receiving coaching by environmental professionals or entrepreneurs. Excellent preparation for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge. Recommended for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Questions? E-mail Lauren Brohawn at

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The UW College of Engineering  is seeking engineering faculty and graduate student volunteers to present engaging educational presentations and activities highlighting their field and research during their summer Mathematics Academy program, (July 9th – Aug 4th).

The Math Academy is a 4-week residential program that targets high achieving underrepresented minority and female students who are interested in engineering, science, and math. Your presentation will help to expose them to engineering as an academic discipline, introduce them to college-level research, and excite them about careers in engineering.  Your presentation will also provide an opportunity for broader impact in your research work.

There are two exciting opportunities for you to engage with students:

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  • OPTION #2:  FOCUS Research Exploration Projects- Introduce students to the practical purpose and process of engineering research, particularly at a research institution like the University of Washington.

If you would like to get involved with Math Academy, please review and complete the attached proposal sheet: 2017_Math_Academy_Presentation_Form

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Tinker Tank Facilitator Volunteer (Adult/18+)

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Tinker Tank Facilitator Volunteers will work directly with visitors of all ages to facilitate open-ended maker activities inside Tinker Tank. Facilitator Volunteers play a crucial role in the exploration process as they help people iterate and creatively problem solve. They will also have the chance to help shape this space as it continues to grow, and will be a critical part of introducing new activities. Additional duties include greeting and helping our guests to provide the best possible Pacific Science Center experience. Creative, outgoing and enthusiastic individuals are well suited for this position. We ask that volunteers make a commitment of at least ten, five hour shifts. Application and training required.

Position description: Tinker_Tank_Facilitator_Position_Description_2017

Flyer: 2017_Tinker_Tank_Facilitator_Flyer

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, apply online. 

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For more information and how to apply see attached: Xceptional_Prep_Employment

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CEE students- see survey below from a student-led team from the School of Public Health. They are working in conjunction with Hall Health to collect information about student health care and health insurance at UW.

In response to the introduction of state health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the University of Washington discontinued the Student Health Insurance Plan option. But with the ACA currently under threat, our group is interested in assessing student health needs that could inform policy-making decisions for future planning. Please note that this survey and any information derived from it is not representative of the UW administration.

To access the survey, please follow this link:

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