Utility Coordination Practice Lead

  1. Water
SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 11th largest global design firm by ENR in 2016 with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Henderson, Nevada office as a Utility Coordination Practice Lead.


Atkins is seeking a self-motivated candidate who can effectively communicate, complete plan and specific utility coordination and relocation designs, and support a team of senior-, mid- and entry-level engineers and designers. Effective organizational and interpersonal skills are essential.

This candidate should have an exceptional record of accomplishments in the design and analysis of utility systems. This position will report through our Water Infrastructure Group.

Our nationally expanding footprint has increased our need for capable professionals to lead projects and clients within and outside of Southern Nevada. As we continue to work with award winning clients and their projects, opportunities exist for technical staff to be involved in innovative utility design and coordination projects. With active projects in multiple states, our staff is challenged to work on complex and sustainable infrastructure projects. Experience working with local and state regulatory agencies for permitting approvals is a plus.


Focus Area of Current Projects:

Pressure and Gravity Water, Sewer and Storm Water Piping Systems.

Electrical Underground and Overhead Transmission and Distribution Systems.

Natural Gas Distribution and Transmission Piping Systems.

Communications and Fiber Optic Systems.

On-Call Engineering Services for Municipal Clients.


Under direction, applies full competency in conventional engineering work and broad knowledge of precedents in utility coordination design and construction.

Performs work which involves diversified technical duties of a professional level, typically requiring specialized skills, experience, and/or academic training, in support of assigned projects.

Supports multidiscipline teams comprised of in-house and subconsultant staff with varying levels of experience.

Provides leadership, guidance and instruction to less experienced staff members.

Performs quality control, maintains quality standards in work produced, checks computations or reviews design drawings. Upholds engineering ethics and standards of conduct.

On assignments involving utility engineering investigations and planning work, has a firm grasp of the fundamentals of engineering processes and their application to utility systems.

Evaluates existing right-of-way and prior rights conditions for individual utilities.

Manages industry-standard utility evaluations in accordance with CI/ASCE Standard 38-02 utilizing applied techniques for locating existing subsurface utilities such as records research; site surface feature evaluations; remote sensing including electromagnetic, sonic, and ground penetrating radar; and potholing.

May assist in the preparation of proposals, presentations, and related marketing material and publications.

On design assignments, understands how to clearly convey the design intent to engineering drawings and specifications.

Performs work that involves conventional engineering practice but may include a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials or procedures, or difficult coordination requirements.

Applies Southern Nevada Uniform Standard Drawings and Uniform Standard Specifications as well as utility-specific guidance criteria to utility locations, relocations, design and construction.

Develops Technical Engineering Documents including Schedules, Reports, Specifications, Permits, Cost Estimates, Quantities, and Construction Plans.

May coordinate the work of consultants or other employees involved in project development activities.

On projects involving engineering services related to construction activities, develop a thorough understanding of construction methods and the way engineering drawings and specifications are translated into the constructed product.

Reviews shop drawings for conformance with specifications.

Maintains recordkeeping and progress reports.

Observes construction progress, procedures, and directs subconsultants.


B.S. or M.S. in Engineering. This level may be achieved by Engineers who compensate for lack of P.E. through 10 or more years of experience since Bachelor's degree.


B.S. or M.S. in a technical discipline plus continuing education through workshops, seminars, certifications and related courses, and 14 or more years of experience since Bachelor’s degree.

Technical knowledge of common construction practices and regulatory requirements implemented in Southern Nevada for both “wet” utilities, including primarily potable water transmission and distribution, storm water collection and conveyance, and wastewater (sanitary sewer) collection and conveyance; and for “dry” utilities, to include natural gas, telecommunications, fiber optic, and both overhead and underground electrical transmission and service.

Local working experience in Southern Nevada or adjacent regions is preferred.


Good technical writing and communications skills.

Knowledge of local (Southern Nevada) utility policies, procedures, construction standards and prior work experience with engineering, surveying, legal, and right-of-way staff.

Able to effectively communicate with wide range of staff from utilities and agencies including plan examiners, analysts, engineers, managers, project coordinators, government liaisons.

Working familiarity with the following programs is preferred: GIS, AutoCAD, MicroStation, and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)


Nevada P.E. license is preferred.

Applicable utility related training or certifications (NASSCO, NACE, or other) are preferred.


Candidate must be able to legally and lawfully work in the United States.

Excellent interpersonal skills and strong technical writing and communications skills.

Ability to process paper/electronic documents and utilize computer equipment; ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; ability to walk long distances, climb ladders, stoop, squat and crawl; ability to observe construction activities and distinguish colors; and ability to perceive back-up alarms and other warnings.

Ability to travel to project sites as necessary. Must have valid driver's license and a driving record that meets company policy.

Must be able to periodically work outdoors in varying temperatures and weather conditions, subject to insects, reptiles, flooded terrain and equipment/traffic hazards.

Ability to plan, prioritize and review project plans and documents, evaluate alternatives, and devise appropriate solutions.

General Competencies expected of all Professionals are as follows: Client Service, Commitment, Communication, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Professionalism, Quality, and Teamwork.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

Please view Atkins Equal Opportunity Statement here:

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