Administers and manages municipal capital improvement projects (CIP), requiring expertise in the performance of complex engineering and administrative functions, including the negotiations and management of design consultant contracts, the implementation of right-of-way acquisition procedures, the adherence to environmental permitting policies and regulations and the regular observance of construction contract compliance on multiple street, water, sewer, traffic signal, and storm drainage projects.
Principal Accountabilities Projects assigned to the Project Engineer vary in scope from sidewalk improvements to major arterial widening and bridge projects, including overhead utility to underground conversions and traffic signal installations; from gravity sewer systems to sewer pump stations, including the structural facility, pumps, and electric controls; from water main installations to pressure reducing valve installations and master metering stations; and from gravity storm drains to storm retention systems. Individual project budgets range to $5 million in scope. This position also assists in developing master plans with respect to the above type of facilities.
Position oversees and directs the work of the following positions: Construction Inspectors (Consultant): The person or persons who provide inspection of construction sites for compliance with project plan and specifications.
Engineering Assistants: The person or persons who provide general engineering duties and technical assistance on projects such as drafting, data gathering, inspection, survey, and mathematical computations.
Depending upon assignments, one to five individuals receive direction from the Project Engineer.
Assists in the development of the Capital Improvement Program and the master planning of facilities, which may include developing a model of the demands and deficiencies of the existing systems, an inventory of the current facilities to satisfy the demands, conceptual design of improvements to correct identified deficiencies, and development of cost estimates for the proposed improvements.
Receives assigned projects for development of the scope of the project and carries the project through to final construction and acceptance. Tasks include gathering all necessary information and documentation, preparing grant applications (when applicable), securing approval of necessary grant contracts with outside agencies, and performing the in-house design of the project or selecting, in consultation with the Capital Projects Manager, a consultant to perform the design, developing a consultant scope of work, scheduling the project, and serving as the contact person between the City and the consultant in the development of the design and contract documents. Responsibility also includes creating and tracking critical path schedules for each project from the initiation of engineering activities to project close-out.
Provides oral and written information to a variety of audiences including City Council, the general public, adjacent departments, outside agencies, and others. Communications may be related to the project scope, technical design elements, operational features, the resolution of resident complaints and problems, property impacts, and/or construction issues that arise; communications also include facilitating neighborhood meetings related to the assigned projects.
Responsible for the identification and completion of various required environmental permitting procedures and requirements working through City, County, State and/or Federal requirements and guidelines, as required.
Initiates and coordinates right-of-way procedures, assessing impacts and determining needs for easements and/or acquisitions, while complying with funding source or audit procedures and requirements.
Responsible for the construction contracting and construction management of all assigned projects. Tasks include coordinating the public bidding process, securing inspection and testing services as required, developing contract progress payments, maintaining project status reports for current budget and expense reporting, schedule monitoring/tracking, community relations, construction conflict resolution, coordinating field design changes and initiating/negotiating construction change orders as necessary to accommodate actual field conditions, collecting private funding (when applicable), assimilating required final project documentation, and transmitting record drawing information for mapping.
Provides technical expertise and engineering assistance to the Public Works field crews for improvements, maintenance, or construction which is being performed by the crew. This service also involves assistance to other City departments upon request which may include testing, surveying, inspection, and design of projects within the jurisdiction of other departments.
In the event of a civic or civil emergency, position will provide assistance as determined by the City's emergency operations program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Understand and be able to apply principles and practices of civil engineering and construction project management as they apply to the planning, design, inspection, and construction of public works projects.
Possess effective written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with the public, public officials, other department heads and staff, consultants, other agencies and contractors in a knowledgeable and professional manner.
Position often requires construction conflict resolution with the ability to rapidly analyze technical and/or legal implications in decision making working directly with the City Attorney and Washington Cities Insurance Authority when necessary.
Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent directly related education.
Four years of municipal engineering experience.
Professional Engineer registration or the ability to obtain within six months of date of hire.
One year computer experience with CPM, database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications.
Valid Washington State Driver's License.
Working Conditions The position involves monitoring work at construction sites under varying weather conditions. Potential hazards at construction sites include vehicular traffic, construction equipment, and uneven terrain. The position may require climbing ladders, scaffolding, and working in trenches or other confined spaces.
Selection Process Position requires a resume and cover letter (letter of interest) for consideration of application. Please note how you meet minimum qualifications within the cover letter. Applicants who are selected for next steps in the hiring process will be invited by phone or email. Job open until filled with first review of applicants by 15 day of initial posting.
Vaccination requirement Effective November 8, 2021, all new hires to the City will be required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start date.
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