• City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Mar 31, 2019
Full Time Engineering Public Works
  • Salary: $71,156.80 - $118,747.20 Annually

Job Description

Position Description

The City of Tacoma, Environmental Services Department, has exciting opportunities for up to two Engineers in appointive positions. The City has the flexibility to fill these positions with either an entry level candidate (Associate Engineer) or an experienced candidate (Professional Engineer) that has a WA State Professional Engineering license. We are seeking outgoing, highly motivated individuals who are interested in diverse and challenging engineering projects to join our dynamic, award winningEnvironmental Services Team.

These positions will play an important role in the Capital Delivery Group of the Environmental Services Science and Engineering (ESSE) Division.
These positionswill collaborate and coordinate with the group's Assistant Division Manager and Principal Engineers on the planning, design, and construction management of capital improvement projects for the City's Wastewater, Surface Water and Solid Waste Utilities (approximate average annual Capital Improvement budget of $30 Million).

The ESSE Divisionprovides a unique opportunity for engineers to work on a wide variety of complex capital improvement projects as they progress through their careers. The types of projects can cover the full spectrum of typical municipal infrastructure improvements associated with Wastewater, Surface Water, and Solid Waste Utilities and partnering with the City's Public Works Department and Tacoma Public Utilities. Being able to be involved in projects and programs from their inception through their full life is a unique and exiting component of working in the ESSE!

Depending on the background and professional interests of the successful applicant(s), these positions will focus on either of the following two areas:
  • Facility Capital Projects - Projects that include multiple engineering disciplines found in typical municipal utility facilities such as: wastewater treatment processes; wastewater and surface water pumping systems; and electrical and instrumentation systems
  • Collection System Projects - Projects that focus on the planning and design of municipal wastewater and surface water collection system capital improvements, including both open cut and trenchless technologies and associated roadway improvements as well as state of the art green infrastructure and innovative surface water management components

The below video links provide an overview of the award winning, exciting, and diverse engineering projects we often work on:

Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Flood Project :

Point Defiance Stormwater Treatment Facility Project

Process Control System Upgrade

These positions will be responsible for leading project teams and coordinating with engineering technicians, construction managers and other project stakeholders in the pursuit of fully developed and executedcapital projects.

These are important positions that significantly contribute to Environmental Service's mission to provide sustainable and cost-effective management services to protect the environment and recover value from Tacoma's waste streams.

The applicant(s) selected for these positions will co-locate with a group of dynamic and creative engineers, scientists, and technicians all housed at Tacoma's new Center For Urban Waters facility situated adjacent Tacoma's Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma. For more information on the unique Center for Urban Waters professional environment visit the following web site:

If the below list of personal traits sounds like you, then you are just the type of person we are searching for to join our team!
  • Outgoing, positive personality who enjoys leading project teams on exciting engineering design and construction projects,
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills,
  • Strong personal motivation and drive - an ambitious and committed self-starter
  • Interestin a wide array of interesting technical / engineering challenges
The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny ,has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-mindedemployeeswithunique skills andperspectives. Weembraceinnovation and strive for excellence and community engagementin all that we do.The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.
  • Ability to read, understand and develop engineering plans, specifications, estimates, technicalreports and manuals.
  • Time management and leadership skills.
  • Ability to effectively lead and also be a member of small to medium sized teams, which contain a wide variety of personalities and interests.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to present technical material in front of audiences in a clear and concise manner.

Key Activities
  • Plan, develop, coordinate and manage multi-million dollar engineering projects.
  • Scope definition, project accounting, preliminary design, construction estimating, team development and scheduling.
  • Preliminary to final design work, treatment process design, pumping and pipeline capacity analysis, site and utility condition assessment, permitting, plan sheets, technical specifications and quantity calculations.
  • Work closely with stakeholders, including public and private agencies, utilities, business and property owners, engineering consultants, and internalCity stakeholders/team members to ensure an efficient and successful project.
  • Monitor project budgets, scope, schedule and workload of team members during design and construction.
  • Coordinate and partner with Environmental Services Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Division stakeholders to ensure the successful planning, design, and construction of facility capital projects. This particular activity is very important and crucial to the success of Environmental Services facility projects as there are a significant number of O&M stakeholders with a wide range of inputs and opinions. This particular activity requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Manage the work of private professional engineering consultants when these outside services are necessary to supplement in-house planning, design, and or construction management efforts.
  • Work closely with Asset Management staff to develop the scope of projects that comprise the Department's Capital Improvement Program.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
  • This is a professional environment with most activities occurring in an office setting with periodic field visits to active construction sites.
  • Periodic field work consists of in-the-field collaboration with Construction Managers and Inspectors that are part of each project's core team.
  • Position may require driving, sitting, standing, walking or climbing for long periods of time.


Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering, civil, mechanical, electrical engineering or a related fieldfrom an accredited four-year college or university,


AProfessional Engineering License (PE) at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter ( this only applies to those applicants that are intending to apply for the Professional Engineer classification; the Associate Engineer classification does not require a PE ).

Four years of related engineering work experience in the water, wastewater or environmental field.
Experience in municipal project design and construction management and municipal program management.
Engineering experience related to municipal utilities facilities (such as wastewater treatment processes, wastewater and surface water pumping systems, and electrical and instrumentation systems).
Engineering experience related to gravity conveyance systems.

Current Washington State Driver's License at time of appointment.

Knowledge & Skills

Use data and information in a clear and rational process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions, make proper recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods to audiences of varying technical sophistication.

Effectively identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation using current software and techniques. Compile and maintain reports, records and various other forms of pertinent information in an organized and professional manner.

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, the general public, and other municipalities and federal agencies. Ability to lead small to large working teams. Establish, coordinate and direct work teams to accomplish assigned tasks to a successful completion. Ability to work as a team member in a supporting or managing role. Ability to coordinate multi-disciplined project teams.

Problem Solving
Use intelligence, common sense, hard work and tenacity to solve particularly difficult or complicated challenges. Employ expertise and credibility,evaluate and resolve complex or sensitive issues andproblems.

Communications Effectiveness
Effective communication both verbal and in writing including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results. Makes excellent customer service the standard, responding to changing customer needs, and helping customers implement complete solutions.

Conduct all assignments in a professional and timely manner. Work with confidentiality and discretion. Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training. Model effective group behavior such as listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging and motivating. Maintain current knowledge of industry by reading and interpreting applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, practices, policies and procedures.

Program Management
Appropriately prioritize and concurrently provide guidance and consultation on multiple programs, integrating many factors into decisions, and ensuring that work progresses toward achieving goals and objectives.

Proficient in engineering practices and principles within the field of expertise. Experience in complex project design and the preparation of engineering plans, technical specifications, cost estimates and bid documents. Ability to negotiate the means to attain regulatory compliance with agencies. Ability to be innovative and make independent decisions.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Our City:
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program.We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Interested individualsmust complete the online application and attacha detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.
Also please indicate if you are interested employment into either the Associate Engineer Classification or the Professional Engineer Classification.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional licenseand related experience. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on a referral list for review and potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

Supplemental questions regarding an applicant's experience and training are also included in the application form. These questions will be used to assess candidateminimum qualificationsand to provide additional information to the hiring managers regarding candidate experience.

NOTE: This is a continuous recruitment until the ideal candidate is discovered. The first review will consistof application materials received before 8:00 am, April 29, 2019,and may result in an invitation to interview. A second review of application materials received after this time will be conducted if the first review round does not reveal the ideal candidate. If necessary, the second and any potential subsequent review of application materials received will occur every two weeks after April 29, 2019. It is in the best interest of all candidates to ensure your application materials are submitted via our on-line process before the date of the first review.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, callthe Human Resources officeat (253) 591.5400 before 5:00 pm of the closingdateof the job announcement.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous