Tucson Water - Planning & Engineering Division

Recruitment #1905-2013-001


The Tucson Water Department is seeking highly qualified individuals to join the Planning & Engineering Division as Registered Professional Civil Engineers in the Distribution Design Section and the Plant Design Section.   The successful candidate will manage transmission and distribution water main projects or water facilities projects; produce, review, and administer contracts; develop designs; enforce codes and standards; use engineering analyses to prepare project plans, details, and specifications; review plans from outside agencies and consultants; and manage construction projects from conception through budgeting, design, and project construction.  

The Civil Engineer, working in a collaborative environment, is expected to exhibit leadership, the ability to apply past experience, technical knowledge, and professional judgment, while performing engineering design and plan reviews.  The selected candidates will also engage with team members on a daily basis to produce construction drawings for water facilities.

General Description

Manages projects, produces, reviews, and administers contracts, conducts engineering analysis, develops designs and enforces codes.

Essential Functions

  • This lead position affords guidance to other personnel to produce construction drawings for Capital Improvement Projects.
  • Reviews workloads, assigns work, and coaches employees with specialized instructions and practices for job accomplishments.  Lead personnel may contribute to other employees’ performance evaluations, assists with the hiring process by interviewing, making recommendations, and providing input to supervisory staff. 
  • Manages projects by developing scopes of work, managing contract schedules and budget issues, developing plans and specifications, performing professional project management,overseeing the work of consultants and contractors, approving payment of invoices, maintaining project schedules, preparing reports, coordinating resources, and ensuring conformance with engineering standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversees and administers contracts by reviewing and rating consultant responses; negotiating design contract fees; reviewing and approving plans, report and other design materials; reviewing received bids and recommending award of bid; conducting meetings; reviewing plans and forwarding on for permits; resolving issues; investigating on-site issues; preparing contract amendments; negotiating and preparing change orders; interpreting disputed contract language; issuing warnings and determining penalties for non-compliant work; and reviewing and approving pay estimates.
  • Develops project plans, details, specifications, and engineer’s cost estimates for the design of transmission and distribution water mains, or water production facilities including wells, reservoirs, and booster stations.
  • Monitors progress and provides guidance to assure timely completion of projects.
  • In consultation with the Construction Inspector, approves contractor and consultant shop drawings, plans, specifications, and cost estimates.
  • Supervises, conducts, and participates in the review of improvement projects including the design of water facilities to meet existing and projected requirement and address conflicts with roadway improvements.
  • Coordinates project activities with personnel of other City departments, consultants, and representatives of county and state agencies and local utilities.
  • Performs administrative duties such as employee supervision and evaluation, attends project construction meetings, administering contracts, provides information, monitors expenditures, develops design criteria, and assigns work to staff.
  • Reviews consultant’s engineering designs, reviews preliminary and final plans and specifications for conformance to standards and requirements.
  • Responds to technical questions from staff, contractors, and the public.
  • Performs analytical work, enforces codes by reviewing and approving plans and specifications.
  • Conducts research of field data and engineering records, evaluates design alternatives, and improves programs for effectiveness.
  • Post-design construction oversight is required for review of shop drawings, construction progress meetings and design Change Orders.  Works closely with the Construction Section and visits the worksite often.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of engineering experience

Special Job Requirements

Registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona

Valid and unrestricted driver's license

If you are registered in another state, please visit the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration at for reciprocity requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, or a related engineering discipline
• Engineering experience in the areas of water system design for potable/reclaimed transmission and distribution water mains, corrosion control, and utility coordination
• Engineering experience in the areas of water system design for pumping stations, pressure reducing stations, water storage facilities, and water production well equipping
• Two years of supervisory experience

Selection Plan

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All applicants will be required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab as part of the online application, as your resume will be reviewed and scored during the testing process. Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profiles and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview.

• Oral Board Interviews will be held June 27, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List. An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

• 20% of your rating for education and work experience
• 80% of your oral board interview

Selection interviews may be conducted post-list by the hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you may upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates a characterization of service.

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Jocelyn D. Maez at at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.


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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.