The work involves responsibility for performing highly skilled professional civil engineering work in the management of public water system projects for the Onondaga County Water Authority. An employee in this class applies professional engineering skills and knowledge in connection with the planning, design, construction, maintenance and inspection of water system projects. Under the general direction of an administrative superior, an incumbent in this class has wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in all phases of projects, from initial planning to completion. Work in progress is reviewed through status discussions and upon completion by observing the project in operation. Supervision is exercised over technical engineering staff. Does related work as required.




Plans and designs public water system facilities, improvements, equipment maintenance and operation, including specialized projects such as pipelines, meter pits, chlorination facilities, acceptance testing, generating equipment, pumping stations and tanks.

Performs difficult engineering trouble shooting activities to resolve problems in the maintenance and updating of water systems including hydraulic evaluation, water system control, pressure regulation, piping layouts and pumping stations. Conducts field visits to review areas of proposed projects and construction work in progress.

Prepares new and modified specifications for final designs to ensure function construction of projects and adherence to modern engineering practices.

Reviews and recommends actions or construction contract change orders.

Prepares engineering estimates for preliminary cost factors and quantities of materials to be used.

Develops and/or reviews drawings and specifications for water facilities.

Supervises the ordering of parts and materials for various capital projects.

Reviews shop drawings and contractor submittals.

Computes, documents and reviews computer generated reports, designs and spreadsheets.

Supervises contractors and inspects work in progress to ensure compliance with specifications.

Develops and monitors department budgets.

Calculates contractual expenses, reviews contractor pay applications and recommends payments with engineering and related mathematical computations.

Supervises, manages and directs engineers, engineering technicians and construction project representatives.




Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering as it relates to water systems.

Comprehensive knowledge of the design and construction of public works facilities relating to water systems.

Good knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.

Good knowledge of civil engineering mathematics as it relates to water systems.

Skill in the use of engineering instruments and equipment.

Skill in the use of computers relating to spreadsheets, computer assisted design and drafting (CADD), hydraulic models and geographic information systems (GIS).

Ability to plan, design and supervise civil engineering projects in the field of water facilities.

Ability to inspect and control the construction of projects to ensure adherence to specifications.

Ability to supervise, manage and direct the work of technical subordinates.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.




A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering and six (6) years of professional level civil engineering experience, or its part time equivalent, two (2) years of which must have been in the design and construction of public water system projects; or,


B. Ten (10) years of professional level civil engineering experience, or its part time equivalent, two (2) years of which must have been in the design and construction of public water system projects; or,


C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.



At time of appointment, must possess a New York State Professional Engineering License.



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