Plans, supervises and coordinates advanced professional engineering assignments on a wide range of municipal projects of a complex nature, including civil, sanitary, traffic, and other municipal public works, maintenance, and construction projects; directs and supervises professional, technical engineering staff performing design, inspection, and surveying duties; responsible for the administration, direction and supervision of the Engineering Division; and does related work as required. Receives administrative direction from the Director of Public Works/City Engineer.
This is the management level class in the professional engineering series. The Principal Engineer is distinguished from the Senior Civil Engineer by the performance of more complex engineering duties as well as broader project management and supervisory responsibilities. This position shall also be capable of reviewing and completing staff work to a high degree of completion. Strong communication and writing skills are essential. The applicant must have strong interpersonal skill and be able to build consensus and convincingly be able to represent the City in a wide variety of concerns and interests. Incumbents work independently, seeking assistance only as new or unusual situations arise. The Principal Engineer position is responsible for the general administrative direction of the Engineering Division and control of all projects.
Typical and Important Duties
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Experience: Experience: Five years of progressively more responsible professional civil engineering experience at least comparable to an Associate Civil Engineer, with at least two years of this experience must be equivalent to a Senior Civil Engineer in municipal professional engineering and two years in project management providing direction to other engineering staff.
Training: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major coursework in civil, sanitary, mechanical engineering or a closely related field. A master’s degree in engineering, business administration, public administration or related field is highly desirable.
Licenses and Certificates
All licenses and certificates must be maintained as a condition of employment.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver’s license, and a satisfactory driving record.
Possession and maintenance of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the State Department of Registration for Professional Engineers is preferred.