Metropolitan Utilities District Infrastructure Engineer in Omaha, Nebraska

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Job Title:

Infrastructure Engineer

Salary Range:

$82,129 - $103,702

(Based on Experience)




61st Ave and Grover

Omaha, NE 68106




M-F; 1st Shift

Reports To: to:

Director, Infrastructure Integrity

Job Code:


Position Summary:

The Infrastructure Engineer will work with Engineering and operational divisions to lead root cause analyses of water main breaks and propose eventual solutions to reduce break events. This position will research and analyze alternate pipe materials, construction techniques, lining technologies and operational improvements to optimize the life-cycle cost of water mains. The position will also lead the evaluation and implementation of condition assessment technologies to complement the proposed risk-model in determining critical water main replacement. The Infrastructure Engineer will play a key role in assisting the Director, Infrastructure Integrity in creating a long-term capital improvement plan for the District.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or engineering related field.

  • Must have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam; and obtain registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) within eighteen months of being placed in position.

  • Three (3) years of experience in an engineering related field; those holding the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) designation may be given preference.

  • Demonstrated success managing short-term and long-range projects/activities, and the daily responsibility for decisions, consequences and results. Includes the ability to engage in regular and continuous decision making which impacts staff, costs and quality of service.

  • Knowledge of the various types of pipe materials and construction techniques utilized for the distribution of water delivery for municipalities.

  • Ability to analyze multiple sources of data to continually and systematically improve workflows, procedures and output quality.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to professionally represent the District in all interactions with internal personnel at all levels and external customers, industry and utilities contacts, contractors and vendors.

  • Ability to effectively influence personnel across all business disciplines.

  • Must have a strong statistical and/or financial analysis background.

  • Proficiency with personal computers, tablets and/or other electronic devices including, but not limited to, enterprise wide software (i.e., SAP) and Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word).

  • Ability to learn new or upgraded computer software as required.

  • Professional written and oral communication skills in order to assist internal and external customers professionally, regardless of provocation.

  • Knowledge and technical understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) software preferred. Knowledge of Risk Based Asset Management Tools preferred.

  • Work is primarily performed in an office setting amid normal conditions of dust, odors, fumes, office lighting and noises, but field visits are required when needed.

  • Must be willing to attend evening and/or weekend functions.

  • Have and maintain a valid Driver’s License.

Specific Responsibilities:

To effectively contribute to the objectives of the District, the Infrastructure Engineer is accountable and responsible to:

  • Research and analyze historical information related to District water main breaks by evaluating pertinent information to include, but not limited to, operational impacts, pipe age, material type, break frequency, soil elements, and seasonal influences.

  • Provide oversight of bi-monthly meetings with Engineering and Operations personnel to identify, assess and log root cause analyses of water main breaks. Ensure accuracy and input of data in GIS.

  • Review and recommend industry advancements in pipe materials and construction techniques to reduce overall project costs of water main replacement. Provide technical and/or field support on pilot projects as needed.

  • Explore technologies and review operational activities to reduce pressure spikes or surges (transients) that may cause water main breaks. Work with other divisions to develop improvements to operations or install devices (at pumps, on mains, etc.) that better control or minimize pressure increases.

  • Work alongside Engineering to establish and manage a risk-based asset management software utilizing GIS attributes to identify critical miles of main requiring replacement. Assist with the implementation of the District’s hydraulic model.

  • Research and recommend condition assessment technologies and project areas. Work with Engineering and Operations to budget and complete assessment projects to better determine critical mains for replacement.

  • Assist in developing a long-term proactive and strategic initiative for the replacement of linear and vertical capital water assets. Determine current state of our assets, acceptable levels of service, criticality, estimated and remaining useful life of assets.

  • Identify customers of high consequence, such as hospitals, rail systems, civic arenas, large volume customers, large employers and integrate location with risk-based management tool. Evaluate cost effective solutions to increase distribution system reliability for high consequence customers.

  • Build effective business relationships with American Water Works Association (AWWA) and other water utilities.

  • Handle stresses related to effectively completing the above referenced responsibilities.

  • Fulfill responsibilities common to all supervisory, professional and administrative positions as stated.

  • Understand and comply with all pertinent District Policies and Procedures.

  • Perform a variety of other duties as assigned.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: “Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation”