Utilities Construction Engineer

The City of Bellevue
450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA
Job Type
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Job Summary:

Are you detail orientated? Do you have a background in construction or civil engineering? We are looking for a Utilities Construction Engineer to join our Utilities Department.

Our Mission is to actively support public health and safety, quality neighborhoods, a healthy and sustainable environment and economy by effectively managing drinking water, wastewater, storm and surface water, and solid waste. The City of Bellevue is a dynamic, international and multicultural, future-focused, diversity driven, high performing City. The City invests in its employees and encourages and rewards employee growth and development.  Bellevue is noted for its diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.  As a member of our team, you'll directly contribute to these community achievements.

Bellevue Utilities owns, operates and maintains over $3.5 billion of infrastructure assets, with over 1,500 miles of pipeline to provide drinking water, wastewater, and storm and surface water services.  This infrastructure was primarily constructed from the 1940's through the 1980's, and most of the assets are well past midlife.  Over the next 75 years, approximately $2.4 billion will be needed to renew or replace facilities within the three utilities.  Bellevue Utilities is better prepared than many utilities to meet increasing infrastructure replacement requirements while maintaining customer service.  This is accomplished through our implementation of the Utilities Department's Capital Investment Plan (CIP).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

You'll be a member of the Engineering Division - Construction Services section supporting the delivery of Utilities' CIP.  You'll be responsible for a variety of engineering and construction management duties for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects.  You'll work with a team of inspectors, engineers, project managers and maintenance staff during the construction of box culverts, pump stations, reservoirs, pipelines, and rehabilitation projects.  The annual CIP budget ranges from $25 million to $35 million combined for the three lines of business.

Construction management of new, replacement, rehabilitation, and maintenance projects of public drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems:

  • Interprets plans and specifications.  Evaluates proposed deviations from specified construction procedures and the approved plans. Identifies the impacts from the deviation, estimates any associated cost, and evaluate the deviation's effects on project budget and schedule.
  • Facilitates resolution of conflicts with the construction plans and specifications with existing site conditions.  Supports the inspection team and project manager so that decisions can be made quickly and accurately so contractor's work may proceed without delays.
  • Manages the contract submittal process.  Refers complex submittal reviews to Project Manager and/or designer.  Coordinates the response to Contractor.  Tracks all submittals for compliance with timelines.
  • Reviews and drafts responses to contractors' correspondence including RFI's and Requested Change Orders.  Reviews and drafts responses to contractors' disputes and claims.
  • Assists the Construction Manager, the Inspection Supervisor and City legal advisors in the analysis of change orders and claims.  Assists in contract claims preparation and defense.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with inspectors, engineers and project managers to:
    • Manage contract documentation on project Sharepoint sites.
    • Prepare contract notices such as Contract Duration, Substantial Completion and assist with other correspondence and notifications as necessary.
    • Review force account work and change orders.
    • Maintain and track various construction logs including Risk Register, RFI, Change Order and Issues logs.
    • Setup projects for Construction Section in PlanGrid, a construction inspection software platform.
    • Coordinate and facilitate project meetings with design project managers, contractors, subcontractors, inspectors, consultants, other city staff, property owners (citizens and businesses), franchise utilities, and local, state, and federal agencies.
    • Investigate and resolve citizen concerns and complaints.
    • Prepare and submit environmental reports as required by the project permits.
    • Assist in contract close-out process and final project reporting.


Supports the Engineering Division functions:

  • Reviews preliminary and final plans and specifications for compliance with engineering standards and good construction practices.
  • Maintains source template for contract documents.
  • Communicates professionally and effectively verbally and in writing with consultant inspectors, consulting engineers, contractors, property owners, businesses, city staff, media, and the general public.  Updates project websites with current construction status and information.
  • Participates in the establishment of policies, codes, standards and procedures associated utility design and construction.  Makes recommendations for revisions to codes, standards, procedures and policies.


Supervision Received and Exercised:

  • Works under the supervision of the Construction Services Manager, independently resolving most problems but informing the manager of unusual or controversial problems that require assistance.



Education and Experience:

  • Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, or Construction Management, and
  • A minimum of two years of professional related experience in engineering, and/or construction of drinking water, wastewater and/or stormwater systems; OR
  • Engineer–In-Training certificate or Professional Engineer registration a bonus.
  • Prior water, wastewater & stormwater inspection experience a bonus.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of public works construction and contracting methods and procedures with regards to drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices and methods applicable to the construction of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems.  Knowledge of applicable laws, standards, and regulations relating to construction, inspection, safety and traffic control.
  • Knowledge of project management skills and techniques.
  • Demonstrated skill in reading and interpreting technical standards, complex construction drawings, plans, permit conditions and specifications.
  • Ability to understand and apply material testing procedures and results.
  • Ability to prepare, organize and maintain inspection data, field note records, as-built drawings, reports, and other project documentation.
  • Ability to perform required mathematical computations to verify contract quantities, determine completed work for payment, and understand basic surveying and lay-out.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex technical and procedural information, both orally and in writing, in a non-technical manner to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to negotiate and problem solve with contractors, property owners, employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, City officials, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of environmental requirements and regulations relating to the construction of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems.
  • Ability to learn to use software programs efficiently such as MS Office, Bluebeam, SharePoint, & PlanGrid and others.
  • Work effectively and efficiently with limited supervision in team-driven environment.
  • Possess a high level of discipline and integrity, and strong customer service skills.



  • Possess a valid Washington State driver's license.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet while in the office or moderately loud when in the field.
  • Work may routinely require the employee to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl.
  • The employee may be required to work in outside weather conditions, in wet and/or humid conditions, on uneven and slippery surfaces, in trenches, excavations and confined spaces, near moving mechanical parts and traffic.


Work Environment

  • Field work on active construction sites (5% - 10%) and office setting (90-95%).
  • Hours are 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday to Friday.


For more information, call Ryan Shelton at 425-452-4345 or via email at rshelton@bellevuewa.gov.  For any technical difficulties with your application, please contact the NEOGOV support line at 855-524-5627.



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At the City of Bellevue, you'll be part of a team committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest and advancing the community vision. The five essential and enduring principles that guide our individual actions, our interactions, and our decision making in the City of Bellevue organization is: exceptional public service, stewardship, committee to employees, integrity, and innovation. You'll work in an environment that is innovative, collaborative, future focused, and committed to excellence. Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. We embrace the future while respecting our past. It's what makes the City of Bellevue an exciting place to work, live, and explore.

Have we piqued your interest yet? Come join our team! The City of Bellevue supports workplace diversity. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other protected status. Persons needing assistance with the application process may call the Human Resources Office at 425-452-6838 or bellevuehr@bellevuewa.govIf you are invited to participate in the selection process and need ADA accommodations, please notify HR before you are scheduled for an interview or testing. 


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