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Engineering Associate (Open Positions: 1)

Closes On: August 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST

Department: Public Works
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $29.43 - $35.77
Status: Posting Closed
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Purpose of Position

Provides a variety of technical engineering, project management, programmatic and customer service functions at the intermediate level pertaining to planning, design, contract administration, construction inspection, program administration and implementation, and related matters for sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water, transportation and parks systems. This position is distinct from the higher level Civil Engineer position due to the lesser size, breadth and complexity of projects and programs assigned, greater oversight required for the Associate’s judgement and work product, lesser authority for independent decision-making, and the Associate not being required to hold a Professional Engineer License.

Essential Functions

a) Manage small-to-medium-sized capital projects of limited to moderate complexity ensuring budget and scope compliance, administrative procedure compliance, statutory compliance and timely completion. (30%)

i. Prepare scopes of work, requests for proposals, contract documents, and other materials relating to the selection of consulting firms. Coordinate and serve on selection panels for the evaluation and selection of professional consulting firms. Negotiate terms and conditions of personal services contracts and change orders thereto. Direct and oversee the work of consultants for assigned projects and programs. Review consultant invoices, recommend payments and monitor consulting contract costs. Perform technical studies, analyze data, make recommendations based on findings, and submit oral or written reports thereon.

ii. Conduct formal and informal construction bidding, contracting and purchasing processes in compliance with City purchasing ordinances and policies, and ensure compliance with statutory contracting requirements. Prepare Requests for Quotes and Invitations to Bid. Administer formal bid openings, recommend awards of contracts and administer contract award processes and documentation.

iii. Direct and oversee the work of contractors for assigned projects. Perform inspection of assigned projects for conformance with plans, specifications and applicable laws and regulations. Bring deficiencies to the attention of the appropriate party for corrective action. Review and approve or reject submittals, payment requests, and other contractual matters. Maintain project records and documentation.

b) Under the supervision of a licensed Engineer, design small to medium sized Public Works projects of limited to moderate complexity and prepare the accompanying plans, specifications, cost estimates, record drawings, and related contract documents. (5%)
c) Manage specialized Public Works programs of limited to moderate size, complexity and sensitivity associated with streets, water, sanitary sewer, storm water and/or parks, as assigned. (10%)
d) Provide departmental review, oversight and coordination on behalf of Public Works for small to medium sized private development projects of limited to moderate and complexity, including land use application and building permit review (for public works requirements) and public works plan review, as assigned. Evaluate development proposals and identify Public Works requirements, including required public improvements, of private developers. Perform development plan reviews, review technical submittals and work with developers’ engineers and contractors to ensure the proper design, construction and documentation of developer-constructed public improvements. Perform construction inspection and/or coordinate and supervise such inspections by assigned inspector(s). Conduct final inspections and recommend acceptance or direct developer to correct deficiencies as necessary. Manage and coordinate close-out, documentation and acceptance of developer-constructed public improvements. (30%)
e) Conduct and/or coordinate public involvement activities, programs and events related to assigned programs and projects, including surveys, open houses, neighborhood meetings, and multi-media outreach. (5%)
f) Review easements and legal descriptions for conformance with City requirements. Prepare and negotiate easement and right-of-way agreements associated with assigned projects and programs. (5%)
g) Provide information to engineers, contractors, developers and the general public regarding Public Works facilities, services and projects. (10%)
h) Perform trouble-shooting of infrastructure related problems or emergencies. Advise and/or direct field operations staff in responding to infrastructure issues in the field. (5%)
i) Effectively and clearly communicate to others verbally and in both electronic and physical written forms.
j) Maintain consistent and regular job attendance and adherence to working hours.
k) Develop and maintain positive working relationships with supervisors, and co-workers, as well as maintain positive customer relations with all internal and external customers and be responsive to customer needs.

Auxiliary Job Functions

Perform basic surveying tasks.
Receive, respond to, and resolve complaints from the public related to Public Works projects, programs and activities.
Provide technical engineering support to other departments.
Advise and assist the Chief Engineer in the promulgation of Public Works construction standards and procedures.
Perform duties of Engineering Technician as directed when necessary due to absence of said personnel.
Maintain related files, attend related meetings, and prepare miscellaneous reports.
Complete assigned and recurring training requirements. Maintain and expand job-related knowledge through training, continuing education opportunities, and research.
Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.
Follow all safety rules and procedures established for work areas.
Serve in assigned role(s) on Incident Management Teams for emergency response activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Physical Demands - Physical demands of position typically involve moving materials weighing up to 10 pounds, with the necessity to move materials weighing up to 50 pounds when performing field work. Character and flow of duties involve manual dexterity and coordination up to 50% of the work period. Normal mental and visual demands are required in the performance of duties.
Working Conditions - Most of work period is spent in an office working environment. Field work typically requires less than 20% of the work period.
Supervisory Responsibilities - Supervision is not a typical function assigned to this position, but may direct the work of the Engineering Technician or operations personnel for specific assigned tasks. May provide training and orientation to newly assigned Department personnel. May be assigned to supervise the temporary Engineering Aide (student intern).
Supervision Received - Works under the general supervision of the Chief Engineer.
Special Provisions - May be non-competitively promoted to Civil Engineer after attaining the requirements for that position, subject to the needs and available funding of the Department and the discretion of the Public Works Director.

Education and Experience

Knowledge of:
Principles of civil engineering used in the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of public works.
Computer-aided drafting and design techniques.
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment, including personal computers and software typically employed by the Department.
Public contracting procedures.
Computer-aided infrastructure modeling techniques.

Ability to:
Analyze problems, identify alternatives, project consequences of proposed actions, and select optimal solutions.
Design public works projects under the supervision of a licensed engineer.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Administer public contracts.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be to possess a four-year university education in civil engineering, or a closely related field, combined with one year of related experience.

Special Requirements/Licenses

Possession of a valid drivers’ license and acceptable driving record. Possession of Engineer-In-Training Certification is desirable.