Infrastructure Planning Engineer

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

This position will be responsible for the long range planning of a range of linear municipal infrastructure.  Guided by the goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Vision for an inclusive, connected and prosperous city.

Hours of Work

35 hours per week Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Evening or weekend work will be required to attend meetings or respond to urgent issues.


  • Scope and lead infrastructure planning studies including Master Plans in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process as defined in the Environmental Assessment Act for a range of municipal infrastructure (road, bridge, sewer, watermain and related) to implement the City’s strategic goals of growth, asset management and economic development.
  • Scope and lead infrastructure studies such as infiltration / inflow and leak detection programs, capacity assessments, feasibility evaluations, etc.
  • Develop and maintain project charters, project management plans, cost and schedule forecasts, risk management plans and other required documentation in compliance with the City’s Project Management Office approved methodologies, tools and processes.
  • Implement and apply project management best practices including developing and maintaining management plans for scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communications, risk, procurement and stakeholder management.
  • Co-ordinates project accounting including processing of payment certificates and invoices.
  • Assist in the review, prioritization and preparation of the Departmental 10 and 25-year infrastructure capital budget on an annual basis.
  • Co-ordinate, direct and manage staff resources in maintaining and utilising the City’s various hydraulic models and the delivery of projects.
  • Be a technical resource to other Departments and Divisions in the preparing of related planning documents such as the Development Charges Background Study.
  • Performs contract administration including preparation of contract documents.
  • Communicates and engages with stakeholders and public during the study processes.
  • Liaise and negotiate with consultants, contractors and developers on engineering and related matters relative to contracts, agreements and standards, and maintains continued contact with the industry regarding standards and specifications for municipal construction.
  • Prepare reports and presentations on infrastructure planning issues for Council, Community representatives and partners.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable federal and provincial regulations/legislation and City by-laws.
  • Participate on technical committees in the development of policy, review of practices for municipal construction.
  • Maintain professional knowledge in applicable areas and keep abreast of changes in job-related rules, statutes, laws and new business trends; recommend the implementation of changes; read and interpret professional literature; attend training programs, workshops and seminars as appropriate.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other civic employees and public using principles of good customer service.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with agencies, utilities, adjacent municipalities, residents, property owners, consultants, developers and contractors on matters relating to the Design and Construction Division
  • Evaluate contractor and consultant performance on capital projects.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Considerable experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through a University Degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field and considerable project management experience in municipal design and construction. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
  • Must possess a valid Class “G” driver’s licence with a good driving record. Successful candidates will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract prior to their start date to confirm their license is held in good standing and that it has not been suspended or revoked under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or Criminal Code of Canada in the last 5 years. The City of Guelph will take into consideration the number of demerit points and/or nature of the infractions to determine if it meets our requirements.
  • Familiarity with the Project Management Institute best practices.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, guidelines, standards and specifications as it relates to municipal design and construction.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare presentations on energy savings and present to staff.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to resolve customer inquiries/complaints effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to engage staff and work in a team environment.
  • Able to manage multiple and changing demands and priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Experience with software applications such as PCSWMM and InfoWorks suite of hydraulic models, and AutoCAD / Civil 3D would be an asset.



How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Monday, January 11, 2020. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

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