Public Works Engineer
City of Burlington, Vermont
Burlington, VT

About $74,000 - $99,000 a year

General Purpose

Under the supervision of a Senior Public Works Engineer, the Public Works Engineer is responsible for the professional and administrative engineering work involved in the development and implementation of various civil engineering projects within the public right-of-way for the City of Burlington, generally including streets, sidewalks, and structures but excluding water, wastewater, and stormwater. The Public Works Engineer is distinguished by the knowledge of basic civil engineering standards and policies, basic project management procedures, and the ability to make independent decisions regarding technical tasks. The Public Works Engineer provides assistance for projects and programs, manages small-scale projects, and has work assigned, reviewed, scheduled, and prioritized by a Senior Public Works Engineer.

Essential Job Functions
Assist the community, the City Administration, and all departments and commissions in developing plans and cost estimates for construction and/or improvements to roads, structures and transportation facilities. With guidance on the vision, goals, objectives, and needs of projects, this work includes obtaining professional services; preparing contract documents; and obtaining permits.
Collaborate and work cooperatively. Communicate regularly with officials at all levels within the City administration; City departments; local, regional, and state transportation planners, engineers, and providers; consultants and contractors; and the public.
Balance needs and resources. Collaboratively prioritize projects and develops conceptual improvement plans that balance the needs of the public, the City, and the region with the availability and constraints of known resources.
Develop and manage plans, specifications, requests for proposals, quantities, estimates, and other contract documents for Transportation and Roadway Infrastructure projects.
Encourage inclusivity. Understand the importance of diverse participation and includes all relevant stakeholders in project and program development. Advance public participation and outreach for the Engineering Division.
Monitor the engineering and technical performance of contractors and consultants to ensure success of the projects.
Serve as project manager on projects to manage related budgets and schedules, lead deliverables, and assist with the development and management of plans, permit checklists and scopes of work.
Maintain financial records for projects and make recommendations for payments to contractors and consultants.
Solicit and utilize the services of consulting engineering and designers.
Represent the City at various public forums and meetings.
Manage and/or support in-house traffic engineering and safety projects from conceptual design to project completion. May prepare preliminary plans, specifications and bid documents, including an engineer's opinion of probable cost. Document and make recommendations for appropriate plan deviations or variances from a standard as appropriate.
Prepare and/or review transportation planning reports, traffic studies, and traffic engineering specifications/plans/estimates of cost, construction schedules, and project budget, design and construction details relative to individual traffic projects.
Collect and analyze data.
Stay abreast of and ensures compliance with local, State, and Federal rules and regulations.
Maintain accurate records and files.

Non-Essential Job Functions:
Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements
Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering required; a Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field may be considered. Additional experience may be substituted for a degree requirement on a two-for-one year basis.
Minimum of four (4) years of experience including civil engineering with demonstrated experience in at least 2of the following fields: transportation, geotechnical, structural, or construction engineering.
EIT required.
PE or the ability to obtain a Vermont PE within 3 years preferred. Demonstrated experience in project and program management, including maintaining project budgets, schedules, procurement, and project controls.
Experience with municipal public works infrastructure planning, design, construction, operations preferred.
Professional experience in a municipal setting desired.
Demonstrated knowledge of methods, materials, procedures, and standard practices of construction, including public works projects; contract negotiation and administration;
Demonstrated experience performing traffic studies, preparing roadway and traffic design plans, specifications, bid documents and cost estimating.
Knowledge of transportation engineering principles is required.
Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of transportation planning is desired.
Preferred functional understanding and experience with ArcGIS and AutoCAD.
Must have strong computer skills; demonstrated ability to effectively use computer equipment and related software; competent in use of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Publisher).
Knowledge of State and Federal laws, policies, and regulations related to the field of urban transportation is desired.
Ability to establish and maintain good relations with co-workers.
Ability to receive constructive criticism and react appropriately.
Ability to read, analyze and modify specifications and plan sets to ensure work complies with all contract specifications.
Ability to provide excellent customer service, communicate professionally and diplomatically with contractors and the public.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness when dealing with the media, the public, other employees, elected officials, consultants, contractors, and other government entities.
Ability to communicate clearly, professionally, diplomatically, and persuasively both orally and in writing.
Must be able to assess situations, solve problems, manage multiple projects, work effectively under stress, within deadlines, and in public situations.
Ability to actively support City diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development.
Ability to facilitate and attend meetings at times other than regular business hours.
Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions.
Ability to understand and comply with City standards, safety rules and personnel policies.
Additional Information

The City of Burlington will not tolerate unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status or genetic information. The City is also committed to providing proper access to services, facilities, and employment opportunities.

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