Under general direction of the Senior Engineer, Capital Improvement Program Manager and/or Public Works Director/City Engineer, performs professional engineering work related to the planning, design, construction, renovation, and maintenance of City projects and programs in the areas of development, capital improvement, traffic operations and safety, wastewater, storm water, pavement, and building services. Conducts plan checks; prepares project schedules, plans, specifications, and cost estimates; advertises for construction; coordinates engineering activities with contractors and other agencies, and monitors contracts; and performs related work as required. The position can be filled as either Assistant Engineer or Associate Engineer depending on qualifications.
This is the journey level in the professional engineering classification series. Incumbents may perform the full range of the engineering functions. Associate Engineer is distinguished from the next higher level of Senior Engineer in that the Senior Engineer handles the most complex and sensitive work and has full supervisory authority over lower level engineers. Associate Engineer is distinguished from the next lower level of Assistant Engineer in that the Associate Engineer performs the full range of professional engineering duties on projects, has project management responsibilities, and performs the more complex plan checks.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Work with architects, engineers, and contractors concerning technical interpretations and applications of ordinances, laws, engineering codes, compliance and violation issues, drainage and traffic matters, access, legal descriptions, and policy matters; prepare or amend the City Code and standards for streets, drainage, subdivisions regulations, and flood hazards. Negotiate with developers and consultants concerning clarification and implementation of development code requirements and map conditions.
Manage the overall timetable and internal processes necessary to carry out the adopted Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and any projects initiated subsequent to adoption of the CIP. Prepare and direct the preparation of designs, specifications, plans, estimates, and reports for capital improvement projects and the development and modification of City infrastructure. Manage or assist in the bidding and contract award process for capital project work. Coordinate and manage contractors in providing contract services. Evaluate capital improvement project plans and programs, and make recommendations for areas of improvement. Perform engineered designs when applicable.
Confer with and provide information to property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects, City officials, and the general public regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications, and codes; answer questions, provide information, and share technical expertise; investigate and take appropriate action concerning problems affecting residents, property owners, business owners, contractors, and City operations. Investigate and respond to formal claims.
Participate in the development and administration of the department budget and the City’s Capital Improvement Program; develop the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and track expenditures; review invoices and review them for payment approval; implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
Keep current on Federal, State, regional, and local laws and regulations affecting public works engineering matters, and initiate action required to bring the City into – and maintain compliance with – regulatory policies and procedures.
Conduct project management, design, and inspections of assigned capital improvement projects and the contractors’ work during all phases of construction to ensure compliance with approved plans, specifications, and contractual agreements. Review and direct the review of private development plans submitted by developers, landowners, and engineers for adequacy of application and conformance to City standards.
Represent the Public Works Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explain, justify, and defend department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
Attend meetings and make presentations to the City Council, commissions, boards, committees, and other public agencies; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence. May serve as staff liaison to the Traffic & Safety Commission and various local commissions and boards. May conduct studies and confer with the public regarding traffic and transportation issues.
Coordinate the preparation of agreements, dedications, easements, vacation, and land development documents for the Planning Commission and City Council agenda and approval process.
Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of public works and engineering; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs.
Prepare engineering documents, including agreements, maps, legal descriptions, resolutions, and ordinances. Prepare a variety of letters and formal correspondence, reports, records, requests for proposals, contracts, and contract bids; prepare various grant applications for needed or desired projects, equipment, and materials; gather and disseminate important information for department staff.
Participate in the coordination of Public Works information technology development, selection, implementation, training, and technical support for computerized systems software including engineering design, facilities systems management, and maintenance management.
Work closely with the Facilities & Maintenance Manager to assist and support his/her efforts in the areas of street, park, public building, sanitary sewer, and storm drain maintenance activities, and in developing and maintaining the City’s urban forest and open space, participating in community street tree planting, and other planting and landscape maintenance activities.
Work closely with the Program Manager to assist and support his/her efforts in the areas of managing projects, administering programs, reviewing plans, providing technical support, participating in meetings, and maintaining files.
Develop and follow policies and practices pursuant to City policy to minimize the use of scarce natural resources, minimize toxic materials, promote healthy behaviors and activities, and minimize carbon emissions.
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of engineering and public works maintenance programs.
Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the development and management of public works.
Transportation engineering principles, practices and methods
Principles of capital improvement cost estimation and contract administration.
Construction, project management, and surveying principles. Methods, materials, and techniques employed in public works construction and construction program development.
Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
Administrative requirements for present and future Federal, State, and local grants, and other funds.
Principles and practices of contract negotiation.
Pertinent Federal, State, regional, and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations.
Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information in municipal public works administration.
Principles and practices of business letter writing and report preparation.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment, including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, GIS, AutoCAD, and other programs.
Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs, and make appropriate adjustments.
Develop and review engineering plans and designs for municipal public works projects.
Read and understand construction drawings, plans, and specifications.
Perform the highly technical and complex engineering duties.
Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs. Demonstrate tact and diplomacy with the public.
Prepare and coordinate large and complex budgets.
Develop and administer contracts for professional services and construction in a public agency setting.
Interpret and apply applicable Federal, State, regional, and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations.
Negotiate and administer contracts for services.
Develop appropriate grant applications for Federal, State, and other programs providing funding for capital project maintenance and construction.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, programs, and techniques.
Prepare clear and concise administrative reports.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, database, GIS, AutoCAD, and other programs and applications.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Assimilate information, process logically, and make sound decisions.
Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading, writing, and operating necessary equipment.
Maintain physical and mental capacities appropriate to the performance of required duties and responsibilities.
The Ideal Candidate
Possesses five (5) or more years of experience designing and constructing municipal infrastructure
Possesses excellent communication skills (both orally and in writing) and is detail-oriented
Can work independently and take ownership of projects from concept to construction
Is proactive and resourceful by nature.
Experience and Education:
Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical background that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would consist of the following:
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related field and two (2) years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience, including at least one year of project management experience.
License and Certificates:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment; and
Possession of a current Certificate of Registration as a professional Civil Engineer in the State of California
About City of Albany
The City of Albany is dedicated to maintaining its small town ambience, responding to the needs of a diverse community, and providing a safe, healthy and sustainable environment. Albany, California is a small city of 18,539 (2010 census) residents, located within the greater San Francisco Bay area. Albany today combines a small-town ambience with its central location in a major metropolitan region.