Senior Staff Engineer, Structural - Chelsea, MA
Chelsea, MA 
Posted 29 days ago
Job Description

POSITION: Senior Staff Engineer, Structural

DIVISION: Operations

DEPARTMENT: Engineering & Construction

UNION/GRADE: Unit 9/Grade 25


Provides structural engineering and project management for Operations Division capital and maintenance projects and technical services.


Works under the general supervision of a Program Manager or Senior Program Manager.


Exercises close supervision and direction to engineers and drafters on assigned projects.


  • Performs in-house planning, design, and management of various water, wastewater, and facilities repair, improvement and replacement projects, and in the investigation and resolution of construction and operations issues.
  • Provides structural engineering support to the operating departments for the operations and maintenance programs of division facilities.
  • Provides review and comments on 8(m) permit applications prepared by owners and/or consultants.
  • Participates in the design of in-house projects including development of project plans, specifications, cost estimates and schedules.
  • Maintains organized and detailed central files on assigned projects.
  • Establishes design criteria and applicable code requirements and performs analytical calculations for assigned work.
  • Develops procedures to ensure safe and efficient operations, maintenance and testing practices.
  • Provides technical review of consultant prepared reports and design projects, contractor shop drawings and O&M (Operations and Maintenance) manuals.
  • Participates in the preparation of standard specifications.
  • Participates in field investigations to verify and obtain information on existing facilities, structures, systems and equipment.
  • Supervises and manages junior professional staff, including assigning tasks and evaluating performance, as assigned.
  • Prepares equipment and material quantity takeoffs for cost estimates.


  • Performs other related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

  • Knowledge of principles of and practices of structural engineering as normally attained through a Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering, structural engineering, or a related field; and
  • Demonstrated knowledge of water and wastewater treatment plant, pump station, and pipeline design and construction as acquired through five (5) to seven (7) years of experience, including (2) years of supervisory or project management experience; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education or experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of structural engineering work related to water and wastewater infrastructure and facilities design.
  • Knowledge of codes and standards such as ACI, AISC, PCA, PCI, BOCA, AASHTO, AREA, OSHA, Mass. State Building and Highway codes, NETWPCC, ASCE and WEF Manual of Practice.
  • Proficiency with personal computers and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and engineering applications software.
  • CADD Systems knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.


A valid Class D Motor Vehicle Operators License.

Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer license preferred.


Office machines as normally associated with the use of telephone, personal computer including word processing and other software, copy and machines.


The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, including office equipment, controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee may occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to ten pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. There are no specific environmental conditions noted. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud in a field setting and moderately quiet in an office setting.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
$1,526.09 to $2,126.32 Weekly
Benefits Eligible: Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 to 7 years
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