Principal Engineer

The Wastewater Treatment Department is seeking a Principal Engineer.

The position includes all aspects of engineering as it relates to wastewater treatment and pumping, including facilities planning, design, and construction management. Plans, coordinates, and manages capital expansion programs. Oversees the coordination of the work with government agencies and other stakeholders, including contractors, consultants, and other Clean Water Services departments and divisions. Ensures the District remains compliant with current and future regulatory requirements, while minimizing interruptions to the operations and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facilities, pump stations, and sanitary sewer conveyance.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (The essential functions listed below are not intended to reflect all duties that may be assigned to this classification. The District may augment duties and/or essential functions at its discretion. Additionally, some incumbents may not perform all Essential Functions.)

1. Manage the development of District capital improvement or development services programs. Oversees and/or supervise a variety of organizational and operational studies and investigations; definition and prioritization of construction or modification needs; development of supporting ordinances and standards; preparation of cost estimates and financial forecasts.

2. Manage the implementation of the District's capital improvement or development services programs including phasing and progress review to assure budgetary, technical, timeliness, quality, and legal requirements are met. Prepares regular monitoring and status reports on program progress and goals.

3. Provide complex design solutions and regulatory interpretations in light of technical, regulatory, and contractual requirements. Approve changes to design and construction contract provisions including exemptions and variations to District design and construction standards or other ordinances, design amendments, changes to scope of work, extensions/accelerations of schedules, and changes in methodology, equipment, or control processes.

4. Coordinates with electrical, instrumentation, and control improvements at the District's wastewater treatment plants and pump stations. Serves as a technical resource and provides support to electricians, instrumentation, and control systems analysts.

5. Develops planning documents and design plans and specifications. Serves as the Engineer of Record providing licensed certification for proper technical design of various projects prepared within the division.

6. Oversees the coordination of work with project stakeholders, government agencies, other District divisions, contractors, and consultants. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. Establishes positive working relationships with stakeholders and other jurisdictions.

7. Prepares the District's annual capital improvement and operating budget. Develops short- and long-term financial and capital project plans.

8. Oversees, organizes, assigns, and reviews staff's work. Develops performance standards. Prepares performance evaluations. Provides coaching and prepares development plans. Assures compliance with District safety practices and procedures.

9. Provides policy level review and recommendations to management and external stakeholders regarding wastewater treatment plants and pumping systems.

10. Participates in the development and implementation of District-wide goals and measures. Attends and participates in professional group meetings and stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of engineering design for wastewater treatment facilities and pump stations.


  • Civil and sanitary engineering design theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of treatment and conveyance facility construction
  • Materials, equipment and methods used in the construction, repair, and maintenance of wastewater collection systems or treatment facilities
  • Principles and practices of project development, scheduling, and management •Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
  • Principles of supervision
  • Teambuilding and coaching techniques and practices
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes, and regulations


  • Organizing and coordinating the work of professional and technical personnel
  • Supervising, training, disciplining and evaluating staff
  • Preparing, reviewing, and evaluating engineering studies and designs
  • Preparing and administering large budgets
  • Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial reports
  • Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of goals
  • Interpreting and applying pertinent Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations
  • Use of computers and computer software for word processing, spreadsheets, project management, and databases.


  • Simultaneously coordinate and manage multiple large and complex engineering projects to completion within scheduled deadlines and allocated budgets
  • Understand and interpret specifications, maps, plans, and reports pertaining to complex design and construction projects
  • Interpret and apply pertinent policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and permits
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including a variety of District and other government officials, contractors, community groups, and the general public
  • Operate effectively in a team environment, communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING GUIDELINES: Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the KSAs would be: Extensive experience in managing the definition, development, permitting, review, and implementation capital improvement programs involving wastewater treatment facilities and pump stations. Extensive supervisory or managerial experience. Customarily candidates will possess a Bachelor's degree or higher in civil, sanitary, or environmental engineering, or a related field.


Candidates must possess current registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon at time of application or possess current registration as a Professional Engineer in another state and obtain registration in the State of Oregon within six months of hire. Upon selection, candidate must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license. Reasonable Accommodation Applicants who require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any phase of the application process should contact Human Resources at (503) 681-3600 or TDD (503) 681-3601. Equal Employment Opportunity Clean Water Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, age, uniformed service, sexual orientation or disability in the admission or access to the recruitment process or any aspect of employment.

Company/Location of Job:

Clean Water Services - Tigard, Oregon

Link to Job Posting:


$100,294.00 - $137,904.00