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To perform professional engineering work involving the design, investigation, and construction of public works projects, including streets, traffic controls, water and utility systems; and to prepare plans and specifications.

Examples of Duties

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Perform professional civil engineering calculations for various projects.

Prepare special engineering studies and reports; perform special assignments on engineering problems as necessary; prepare specific studies for other City staff.

Provide public counter support to developers, builders, contractors, and the general public pertaining to City engineering and related requirements; process a variety of permits including encroachment, excavation, quit claim, and block party.

Attend planning commission meetings and other sessions of various committees as directed by management staff.

Respond to public or other inquiries relative to engineering policies and procedures on specific projects and other divisional information.

Exercise professional engineering judgment in accordance with current accepted practice of civil engineering and appropriate laws and codes.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

When assigned to Development:

Provide technical and professional engineering support services relative to capital improvements and current development.

Prepare engineering designs, specifications, costs, and quantity estimates of public work projects; obtain required easements or permits for streets, water and sewer system construction, utility structures, and other public works projects.

Prepare and/or review the adequacy and accuracy of computations, preliminary layout and design work from field and survey data.

Review and approve changes to approved plans and specifications.

Identify and plan required capital improvement projects for system expansion.

Design the necessary modifications and/or new construction of public works streets, traffic, water, and related projects within City, County, State and Federal guidelines.

When assigned to Water:

Participate in the design, construction, and inspection of water projects; prepare drawings for the construction of pipelines, lake outlet structures, and retaining walls.

Review pipeline plans for new projects including subdivisions, additions, commercial centers and various other projects.

Perform water/hydraulic engineering calculations, pipe network analyses, and recommended pipe sizing.

Provide technical and professional engineering support services relative to water engineering.

Prepare water service agreements to provide service to the public; issue permanent water meters; issue temporary construction meters.

When assigned to Traffic:

Participate in the design and coordinate major traffic interchanges including the installation of traffic signals, traffic control devices, and street lights.

Provide technical and professional engineering support services relative to traffic engineering.

Conduct comprehensive studies for system master planning of future expansions, including traffic control systems and other public works projects; determine need and justifications for future expansions and improvements; design and review traffic control plans for both City and private projects.

Participate in the preparation of plans and specifications for traffic signal installation and maintenance; participate in the selection of consultants and contractors; participate in contract negotiation, preparation, and administration.

When assigned to Construction Management:

Participate in directing the activities of survey parties involved in the conduct of location surveys for roads and utilities; calculate and plot the results of field surveys; locate, set, or reset survey points.

Maintain constant awareness of progress on assigned projects to assure compliance with designated time and cost schedules for project completion.

Provide assistance to construction inspectors in the interpretation of plans and resolution of problems during construction; review as-built plans to ensure compliance with original plans and specifications.

Prepare maps, deeds, legal descriptions, and other contract documents.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of civil and structural engineering.

Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical civil engineering report preparation.

Materials, tools, and equipment used in civil engineering.

Principles of mathematics as applied to engineering work.

Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.

Basic principles and practices of street, traffic control, and water and sewer system design.

Basic principles and practices of water distribution and supply systems.

Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding civil engineering.

Ability to:

Learn to develop, review, and modify civil engineering plans, designs, and specifications.

Learn pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations including civil engineering laws and regulations.

Prepare and maintain technical civil engineering records and prepare reports.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Learn principles and practices of project and construction management.

Develop, review and modify civil engineering plans, designs, and specifications.

Pertinent Federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including civil engineering laws and regulations.

Conduct basic engineering studies and develop appropriate recommendations.

Perform technical research and solve engineering problems.

Compile rough technical data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies.

Minimum Qualifications

Two years of professional civil engineering experience.

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an Engineer in Training Certificate is desirable.


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