Under direction, leads, oversees, reviews, and performs professional and technical engineering work in the design, investigation, project management, and construction of streets, storm drainage facilities, parks, buildings, and other projects; administers engineering consultant and construction contracts; ensures safe work practices, work quality and accuracy; maintains appropriate work records; serves as a technical resource for assigned work staff; performs other related duties as required.
The Senior Civil Engineer is a lead/advanced journey level registered professional engineer class within the Engineering Department and exercises full responsibility for planning and organizing a variety of assigned engineering projects and directing the work of assigned staff. Incumbents perform complex professional engineering and program management assignments demanding considerable knowledge of various aspects of engineering and related program requirements, including land development, planning, design standards and regulations, construction, and maintenance. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of City Engineer in that the latter is responsible for the administration of the Department.
Receives direction from the City Engineer or his/her designee. May exercise direct supervision over professional and technical support staff.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (include but are not limited to the following)
PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking on slippery, level and uneven surfaces, kneeling, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing reports using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires both near and far vision in reading written reports and work related documents. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. Additionally, the incumbent in this position works outdoors in all weather conditions, including wet, hot and cold. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to drive motorized vehicles. The need to lift, drag and push files, paper and documents weighing up to 25 pounds is also required.
Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
QUALIFICATIONS: (The following are minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)
Education and/or Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Senior Civil Engineer. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess four years of increasingly responsible experience in professional civil engineering, including one year of supervisory or lead responsibility, and a bachelor's degree with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid class C California driver's license. Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.
KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS: (The following are a representative sample of the KAS's necessary to perform essential duties of the position.)
Modern principles, procedures, practices and standards of municipal civil engineering; surveying methods and techniques; traffic engineering principles; strength of materials and stress analysis; municipal engineering laws, ordinances, codes, specifications and plans; engineering project inspection methods; modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding engineering; principles and practices of contract administration; operational characteristics and use of standard equipment used in the engineering profession; methods and techniques of supervision, training and motivation; basic principles of mathematics; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations, including city, county and state building codes; methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments; standard office procedures, practices and equipment; modern office equipment, including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling and grammar; occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Lead, oversee, review and perform complex engineering computations; check, design and supervise the preparation of engineering plans and studies; plan, organize, direct and evaluate the effectiveness of assigned program activities; effectively exercise supervisory control over complex professional and technical tasks; negotiate and manage construction contracts; perform the full range of professional civil engineering tasks; prepare and administer a budget; safely and effectively operate engineering tools and equipment; interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and regulations pertaining to municipal public works design and construction; make adjustments to standard operating procedures to improve effectiveness and comply with regulatory changes as appropriate; read, interpret and record data accurately; organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response; follow written and oral directions; promote and observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Operate an office computer and a variety of software applications, including scheduling, graphics and presentation programs.