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Lake County, Principal Civil Engineer

Are you looking for a challenging role within an organization that provides rewarding compensation and an excellent benefit package? If so, Lake County Government is the place for you. Comprised of nearly 3,000 employees, it is our goal to positively serve the residents of Lake County while working with a purpose. We believe our employees should take pride in the work they accomplish while truly respecting a collaborative work environment. Do you have a background in Environmental Testing? If so, this position could very well be for you!

Lake County Public Works is a sewer and water provider to 40% of Lake County residents and owns, operates and maintains more than 750 miles of pipe, three water reclamation facilities, more than 100 pump stations, an excess flow facility and a 1-mile long levee. This civil engineering position in Public Works will be to direct and perform a variety of complex engineering and project management assignments related to water distribution and sanitary sewer infrastructure.


Essential Functions:

  • Manage capital improvement projects including construction documents, bidding, construction oversight and project closeout.
  • Problem solve field construction issues with contractors and field technicians.
  • Manage and collaborate with design consultants for preliminary and final design, construction plans, specifications, budgets, review pay estimates and invoices.
  • Review development plans for sound engineering design and code conformances.
  • Perform technical work in connection with the investigation, review, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of new and rehabilitated Public Works infrastructure improvements.
  • Review plans for compliance with public works standards, coordinate design and construction for sewer and water capital improvement and maintenance projects.
  • Prepare fee calculations for connection of new customers.
  • Prepare bidding materials and specifications for the procurement of equipment, supplies, and certain contractual services.
  • Review system capacities for water systems, sewers and interceptors, and wastewater treatment works.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form with employees, consultants, other agencies, and the general public.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge of civil engineering principles.
  • Ability to organize project documentation and to schedule and conduct meetings.
  • Gather, organize, and analyze technical data or information related to the assigned projects.
  • Ability to work independently with general supervision and as part of a larger team.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects.

Education and/or Other Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil, environmental, construction or municipal engineering.
  • 6 years of engineering experience; experience in design and construction administration is preferred, as is knowledge of public water supplies, sanitary sewer systems and/or water reclamation facilities.
  • EIT Certificate and PE certification.
  • Valid driver’s license supplemented by a satisfactory driving record.

To view full job description and to apply online, please visit: Principal Civil Engineer | Job Details tab | Career Pages (


Lake County is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

SALARY: $78,909.19 – $109,722.85 Annually



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