Position provides highly responsible engineering, technical and administrative functions of the Engineering Department. Responsibilities generally include preparing plans, specifications, and documentation for contracts; providing information and education regarding projects; administering contracts and ensuring compliance with contract requirements; reviewing and permitting development projects; and conducting engineering studies.
Employee works under the direct supervision of the Assistant City Engineer, under general guidance of the City Engineer, performing engineering, technical, and administrative functions. Employee follows professional engineering principles and practices, departmental policies and procedures, federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and is directly accountable for assignments. Employee seeks advice and counsel of the Assistant City Engineer on matters that the employee does not have the authority to resolve.
Employee has access to some confidential information obtained during performance of regular position responsibilities.
Employee ordinarily provides work direction to employees as assigned. Employee does not hire, fire, or discipline employees. The nature of work is subject to fluctuations throughout the year, workload is typically high in volume and required to be completed accurately at a rapid pace. Some increases in workload can be planned for in advance, but others cannot, such as the assignment of special projects. Employee may be required to work outside of normal business hours and/or at night at least one day or several days per week.
Position responsibilities require the use of extensive judgment and ingenuity to evaluate facts and circumstances surrounding individual problems or situations and determine actions to be taken within the limits of standard or accepted practices. Employee is expected to weigh efficiency and relative priorities in conjunction with procedural concerns in decision-making. Requires understanding, interpreting, and applying complex federal, state, and local regulations and engineering standards.
Work is considerably complex due to a large volume of projects, programs, special assignments, and contracts; an overlapping of jurisdictions; and multifaceted public works functions.
Avoidance of errors is critical to prevent a delay or loss of service, personal injury/loss, legal repercussions and monetary loss.
The position has frequent contact with the public at meetings, in person, on the telephone, via e-mail, and in writing for the purpose of explaining projects, interpreting technical information, responding to inquiries and complaints, gain support for projects, coordinate activities, coordinate development, and providing information and assistance. The position deals with the public and other individuals on behalf of the Department to communicate departmental practices, regulations, and guidelines. May be required to discuss controversial matters where tact is required to avoid friction and obtain cooperation. The position has daily contact with other City Departments and employees, government officials, professionals, special interest groups, a large number of organizations, agencies and vendors for the purpose of giving or receiving information; coordinating activities and meetings; providing information and education regarding operations and projects. Contact usually occurs in person, in writing, via email, or on the phone.
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension of, the position.
Prepares plans, specifications, and related contract documents, under the direction of the Assistant City Engineer, for City construction projects, including supervising the Engineering Technician’s plan preparation.
Oversees the administration of contracts for public works projects; monitors progress of project and ensures compliance with contract requirements; performs project inspections and supervises project inspector’s activities.
Plans, prepares and executes engineering studies.
Participates in City Council, Public Works Committee, Safety Committee, and Planning Commission meetings as required; provides explanation and education regarding Department activities and responds to inquiries.
Responds to inquiries and provides information and assistance to the public, other City Departments, governmental agencies and officials and various groups and organizations regarding Department projects, development projects, or other technical/engineering matters.
Assists with the review of concept plans, preliminary plans, construction plans, plats, drainage reports, traffic studies, or other supporting documentation for development review and permitting approval.
Participates in GIS updates, compiling data pertaining to the records, attributes, mapping layers, and overall GIS database maintained by the City Engineering Department.
Recommended Minimal Qualifications
Physical and Mental Requirements
Employee works in a moderately noisy office environment and is occasionally required to visit construction sites or other outside locations. Employee is exposed to outdoor weather conditions, radiation, traffic, and the threat of personal harm by hostile individuals up to 1/3rd of the time; and is seldom exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts, risk of electric shock, trench collapses, and biological hazards. Employee is required to stand, walk, sit, talk, listen, climb, balance, and use hands up to 1/3rd of the time. Employee frequently lifts up to 10 lbs., occasionally lifts up to 60 lbs.; and seldom lifts up to 100 lbs. Normal vision is required for this position. Equipment operated includes an automobile, hand tools, survey instruments, technical equipment, office machines, and computers.
Education and Experience
A candidate for this position shall have a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university. It is preferred that candidates have three (3) years of experience in civil engineering or municipal engineering.
A candidate for this position is also required to have, or to obtain within twelve (12) months of their date of hire, an Engineer in Training or Engineering Intern Certification as recognized by the State of South Dakota Board of Technical Professions. An extension of time to obtain EIT Certification may be approved by the Department Head. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
A candidate for this position should have knowledge of:
Civil Engineering principles, practices and methods as related to design, construction, inspection, surveying, and maintenance of public works facilities.
Plans, specifications, contract documents and bidding procedures
Construction project coordination
Urban development permitting procedures and design/construction standards
Effective public speaking, communication and organizational methods
Effective technical writing
Office procedures, equipment and modern software applications
GIS and/or AutoCAD
And ability to:
Effectively represent the Department’s and City’s interests to contractors, suppliers, other engineers, developers, City Council members, other City staff, governmental entities, and the general public
Effectively manage and administer construction contracts
Utilize hardware and software applications for; technical writing, contract administration, engineering analyses, financial analyses, estimating, drafting, and project tracking
Apply civil engineering principals, practices, and methods to difficult engineering design or construction problems with minimal guidance and supervision
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Application forms and complete position descriptions are available at City Hall Finance Office or online at http://www.watertownsd.us/Jobs.aspx . Applications must be received in the Human Resources Coordinator’s office at City Hall to be considered for this position.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university. It is preferred that candidates have three (3) years of experience in civil engineering or municipal engineering.
Candidate is also required to have, or to obtain within twelve (12) months of date of hire, an Engineer in Training or Engineering Intern Certification as recognized by the State of South Dakota Board of Technical Professions. An extension of time to obtain EIT Certification may be approved by the Department Head.
Candidate must have a valid driver’s license.
Must establish residency within 35 miles of Watertown Regional Airport Terminal within 6 months of being hired.
Veteran’s preference points are acknowledged in the City’s hiring process.
The City of Watertown’s Personnel Policy, including the City’s policy on Nepotism, can be obtained at the City Finance Office or on our website at www.watertownsd.us .
The City of Watertown does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. EOE
Human Resources Office
City of Watertown, SD
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be based on experience and qualifications.
About City of Watertown, SD
Welcome to one of the most progressive communities in South Dakota. Watertown is a municipal government agency located in northeastern South Dakota. It has a population of around 23,000 and is uniquely located among several outdoor and recreational resources. Watertown is moving forward in so many ways, from a newly constructed community center and middle school, to several new commercial businesses and a strong industrial and manufacturing presence with job availability. The Watertown City Engineering Office plays a critical role in our community’s growth, fostering an efficient permitting process while upholding the standards and regulations to sustain the quality of life our citizens expect. We’re confident that your decision to join the City of Watertown Engineering Department is one of the best you will make for your career. Please consider joining our team.