Assistant Plan Review Engineer (Civil Engineer, Assistant)

City of Seattle, WA
November 2, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is looking for an Assistant Plan Review Engineer (Civil Engineer, Assistant) to work in the Development Services Office (DSO). This position performs technical reviews of developer-installed water, drainage, and wastewater infrastructure to ensure engineering standards codes and policies are met. This position will report to the DSO Engineering Supervisor.

About Seattle Public Utilities (SPU): Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), please visit:

  • SPU Workplace Expectations (Download PDF reader)
  • Strategic Business Plan

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?

We know work isn't only about what you do, it's also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities

  • Review designs for large water services for conformance with design and construction standards.
  • Assist with technical reviews of SPU water and drainage and wastewater infrastructure constructed under SDOT street use permits to ensure compliance with City of Seattle engineering standards, codes, and policies.
  • Review project material submittals for compliance with City of Seattle engineering standards.
  • Prepare and review hydrant flow test maps and reports.
  • Determine requirements for SPU drainage and wastewater infrastructure improvements and stormwater management for projects going through the Preliminary Assessment review process.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology.

Experience and Education Equivalency: Combinations of education and/or experience which provides preparation to do professional civil engineering work.

License, Certification and Other Requirements: At the time of appointment must hold a valid Washington State Driver License .

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment.
  • Field assignments may entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, and work in or near construction sites.

You will be most successful in this role if you possess one or more of the following:

  • A strong desire to pursue a career in public service as a professional civil engineer.
  • Completion of coursework in fluid mechanics and hydraulics.
  • Experience working on a team that successfully completed a complex engineering assignment.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, results-driven environment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information

How to Apply: In addition to fully completing the online application, please attach your resume and cover letter. Your cover letter should address your knowledge and experience related to the position.

Workplace Environment: This position allows for the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule. Employees will be required to come into the office twice a week. Individual schedules will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor.

The full salary range for this position is $37.98 - $41.06 per hour.

Benefits: The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

If you have any questions, please contact Charles Gilmore at

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 11/21/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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