Department of Regional NSW
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Principal Engineer (Hydraulics)

Principal Engineer (Hydraulics)

  • 495890
  • Engineering
  • Ongoing Full-time role
  • Location: Coffs Harbour (preferred), Armidale, Dubbo or Queanbeyan. 
  • While we work flexibly, there will be an expectation that you will live within a reasonable distance to one of the above locations to frequent the office minimum 3 days per week.
  • Salary from $131,094 to $151,609 plus super and annual leave loading

Department of Regional NSW is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role. 


About the role

PWA is seeking a Principal Engineer (Team Leader) with the ability to successfully lead a team to deliver solutions to local government and other government agencies.

In this role you will lead a technical Hydraulic pipeline design engineering service line focussed on providing technical support services to internal and external clients, being responsive to client needs and ensuring projects meet agreed quality levels, timeframes, design standards/codes and budgetary constraints.  You will demonstrate a strong experience in leading a team of technical specialists together with business development capabilities. You will be expected to be committed to continuous improvement principles to deliver increased market efficiencies for both the government and its customers.

A strong focus of the role is building and maintaining strong relationships and knowledge of clients and their portfolios, strong stakeholder management and managing the technical and financial performance of project teams.


About you

You must be proficient in executing pipeline engineering design calculations and applied methodologies, covering the following:

  • Pipe flow and velocity
  • HDD boring – effective longitudinal stresses and hoop stress
  • Air and scour valve selections
  • Pipe material selections;
  • Fluid temperature derating of pipe materials
  • Pipe Fatigue analysis
  • Above ground bending stresses;
  • Road and Rail crossing calculations;
  • Buoyancy control calculations;
  • Interpolating pump and systems curves;
  • Pipe restraint and resistance understanding and
  • Tank mixing to size nozzle for the inlet arrangement of a reservoir

As part of project deliverables, the candidate is expected to be experienced in the following:

  • Prepare Basis of Design reports
  • Design Reports
  • Technical Specifications
  • Review of Design Drawings
  • Preparation and Review of Cost Estimates
  • Preparation of Proposals
  • Preparation of Memorandums and Technical Advice Reports

Although not essential, preference will be given to candidates with experience in pipeline modelling using Bentley WaterGems and Bentley Water Hammer for unsteady state conditions to model various scenarios and recommend mitigation measures.

Innovative solutions are encouraged so as to deliver best value outcomes to the communities of NSW.


To be successful in this role, our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Tertiary Qualifications an appropriate engineering degree in one of the relevant engineering fields, be eligible for membership of relevant professional associations
  • You will possess a collaborative and flexible leadership style with a strong emphasis on coaching and mentoring staff at all levels of their careers.
  • Hold a valid NSW Driver’s license and willingness to drive to remote locations which may include overnight stays.

If you have the capability to achieve success in this role and are interested in creating a more prosperous NSW, we would love to hear from you!


About Us

Public Works Advisory (PWA) is part of the Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW), and supports local and state government agencies to deliver critical infrastructure initiatives by providing expert advisory, planning, design, delivery and support services.  There’s nothing abstract about what we do. Just look around. Our work is in the hospitals, dams, water treatment plants and high schools – the real foundations of prosperous communities.  Every day we help shape the ambitious projects that bring progress to more people in NSW. From forging a more sustainable relationship with the land around us, to engineering the big ideas of the future. In every challenge we see the chance to build stronger and more connected communities. We do this by developing solutions that show creativity and grassroots ingenuity, providing impartial advice and support at all levels of government and the private sector, and partnering with experts to maximise the benefits of our knowledge and experience.

In PWA offices all over the state, you’ll find local expertise for local issues. We uncover the best talent, scrutinise cost and risk, and bridge the gap between private sector and government. By managing these nuances, projects we work on don’t just get done, they become benchmarks others aspire to.


Applying for the role

Apply by submitting a current resume and brief cover letter that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role.

For more information about the role, please click here to view the role description.

Additionally, if you would like to hear more about this role please contact Shelly Singh on


Closing Date: Tuesday 19 October 2021 @11:55pm


A recruitment talent pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next 18 months.


Please note that NSW Government expects all NSW government sector employees who can be safely vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.


If you are viewing this advertisement on LinkedIn, please click ‘Apply’ to access more information about this role via the I Work for NSW website.



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