Project Engineer
City of Covington
Covington, KY

$73,000 - $98,000 a year

DEADLINE TO APPLY: FRIDAY, July 26, 2019 BY 4:00 P.M. EST.

City of Covington
Job Description

Job Title: Project Engineer
Department: Public Works
Reports To: Public Works Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Civil Service: No
Union: No
Classification: 300
Salary Range: $73,499.00 – $97,688.00
Probation Period: None

Under the general supervision and direction of the Director of Public Works, provides technical assistance and engineering expertise for various public works functions. Manage and maintain records of construction and use of public rights of way. Supervise and participate in inspection of capital projects. Process change orders, payment requests, and conduct pre-bid, preconstruction and final inspection meetings. Review and process proposals for commercial, residential and subdivision developments for conformance with standards. Assist in preparation of operational and capital budgets.

Characteristics of the Position

Work Program and Scheduling:
Develop and prioritize project and program list; establish project schedules; adjust programs to match available staff; produce scheduling documentation and monitor progress.

Capital Improvement Planning:
Prioritize projects; prepare cost estimates; conduct public meetings; prepare transportation plans and update periodically; maintain and update the City’s Standard Specifications and Details for Municipal Construction. Oversee City’s pavement management system and implement multi-year street improvement plans.

Design Plans, Specification and Estimates:
Collect field data; prepare preliminary designs and cost estimates related; review with utilities and others; prepare final plans, specifications and bid documents; advertise for bid in accordance with state and federal procurement guidelines.

Construction Project Administration:
Evaluate and recommend bids to City management; Act as general project manager for assigned capital improvements projects; schedule and conduct preconstruction conference(s); inspect project for plan and specification conformance; monitor field tests for quality control; process change orders and payments; respond to public complaints and questions; conduct final inspections and recommend project acceptance.

Development Reviews:
Provide guidelines for public improvements; provide technical review and recommendations for hillside development plans in accordance with City’s hillside controls ordinance; work with local geotechnical and geological experts for best management practices; respond to developer’s questions; work with developer’s engineer(s); review and approve plans and specifications; establish permit fees; prepare development reimbursement agreements; monitor and inspect construction; inspect and provide technical advice for storm water and erosion prevention practices;

Traffic Engineering:
Respond to citizen complaints and questions; conduct traffic counts and speed studies; conduct neighborhood meetings; work with local planning, transportation officials, and other related agencies to develop and maintain efficient transportation systems; attend and maintain membership to local transportation related committee meetings; prepare reports and studies.

Flood Risk Management:
Assist in management of the City’s flood protection system; coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies to maintain regulatory compliance; assist in managing floodplain controls, development review, and regulatory changes; provide technical assistance in operational controls and maintenance programs related to structural, hydraulic, and geotechnical function of systems; develop and maintain operational and maintenance protocols in accordance with federal regulations.

GIS Management:
Manage and maintain City’s GIS data and mapping system; update city maps as necessary; coordinate with other agencies for updates of infrastructure mapping and pertinent data.

Consultant Selection and Supervision:
Advertise consultant service RFQ; prepare RFQ-RFP; respond to questions, interview and rate; report to Director of Public Works with recommendation to award; monitor progress and process payments.

Budget Preparation:
Review needs, programs and projects; evaluate budget projections; develop preliminary budgets; attend budget meetings; monitor expenditures and revenues.

Other duties may be assigned as deemed appropriate.

Directly supervise employees in the engineering division of the organization. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning; assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving issues.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering; five or more years of related experience in municipal engineering, design, and or construction management.

Language Skills:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complains from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Necessary to Accomplish Duties:
(A) Through knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting; thorough knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal policies, laws, and regulations affecting activities.

(B) Considerable skill in arriving at cost estimates on complex projects; Skill in operating the listed tools and equipment.

(C) Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representative, City officials and the general public; Ability to conduct necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports; ability to present technical information to a non-technical audience.

Must possess a valid State driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one prior to employment; Registration in the State of Kentucky as a Professional Engineer and a B.S. in Civil Engineering; Must be physically capable of moving about on construction work sites and under adverse field conditions.

Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, data base, CAD, and GIS software; standard drafting tools; surveying equipment; motor vehicle.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.