Supervising Engineer and Utility Designer

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Job Description:


Supervisory engineering work coordinating teams of utility engineers, utility designers and /or engineering technicians in planning, developing, and implementing a number of large and important projects or a project of major scope and importance.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated manager and work under general supervision. Work in this class is distinguished by its lack of managerial responsibility and by its emphasis (over 50% of the time) on the coordination, motivation, and guidance of professional staff engaged in a single project of large scope and importance, several substantial projects, or controversial projects affecting the effectiveness and viability of the organization.

Note: It should be understood that the job competencies, duties and requirements of the Engineer / Utility Designer IV are inherently included in this position.


This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower-level duties may be required.


May be required to develop an annual work plan.

May be required to develop, implement and maintain an annual budget.

Coordinates the preparation, review, and approval of engineering analyses, specifications, and reports for complex projects.

Formulates operating policies.

Develops and evaluates plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities to be carried out by others.

Supervises, coordinates, and trains engineering groups including Level I, II, III, and IV level engineers / utility designers and/or engineering technicians, and/or support personnel. Provides guidance, assistance, and interpretation to others.

Recommends selection, promotion, discharge, and other appropriate personnel actions.

Designs, evaluates, and coordinates engineering projects and activities with internal departments, outside consultants, and contractors on complex projects.

Interprets, organizes, and executes, assignments.

Initiates and maintains extensive contacts with key engineers and officials of other organizations, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation.

Keeps senior management informed of project status.

Attends work on continuous and regular basis.


Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited educational institution, and a  minimum of eight (8) years of experience in the area of assigned engineering responsibility which includes a minimum of two (2) years of project management, lead or supervisory experience.

Appropriate coop time and/or an advanced degree in engineering or business may be recognized for up to twelve (12) months of non-project management or non-supervisory experience.



Valid State of Florida Professional Engineer license may be required.


Meet the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) requirements as defined in Chapter 471 of the Florida Statute and obtain and maintain “Professional Engineer” Licensing. Required by Water /Wastewater Engineering, Public Works, and Engineer IV’s assigned to the water / wastewater, and special projects areas of Strategic Planning.

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