- Driver's License
- Professional Engineer
- Project engineering
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in
civil engineering or related field; Five years of increasingly responsible professional
engineering experience at a level comparable to a Project Engineer with the City of
Ketchikan; Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license;
Possession of registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Alaska required.
POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED
WHERE: Local Only Statewide Pacific NW National
WHO: Ketchikan Daily News; Job Service
OTHER: City of Ketchikan Website
APPLICANT PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS
FOR APPLICATION AND COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION CONTACT:
THE CITY OF KETCHIKAN, 334 FRONT STREET, (907) 228-5631 OR ON-LINE AT
CITY OF KETCHIKAN IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
CITY OF KETCHIKAN
SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the
class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under direction, oversees and performs advanced professional level duties in support of the City’s
engineering services and activities including designing and providing construction engineering services
for streets, sewers, solid waste facilities, ports and harbors, buildings and other public facility projects;
oversees and leads assigned engineering staff; reviews plans, designs, and specifications of streets,
sewers, solid waste facilities, ports and harbors, buildings, and other public facility projects to ensure
compliance with current industry practices, codes, regulations and ordinances; and responds to questions
and inquiries from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering professionals, and City staff
regarding engineering and development projects..
The City of Ketchikan owns and operates many public facilities, including, but not limited to streets,
bridges, ports, harbors, sewers, buildings, cemetery and a sanitary landfill. The Senior Project Engineer is
responsible for providing the high quality engineering services necessary for the construction and
maintenance of the city’s public facilities. The Senior Project Engineer must perform these duties in a
manner that reflects favorably on the City and the Department, and maintains a level of professional
expertise that promotes efficient use of the resources available to the Department.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or
may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and
changing business practices.
1. Oversees and performs advanced professional level duties in support of the City’s engineering
projects, services, and activities including design and construction programs for City streets, sewers,
solid waste facilities, ports and harbors, buildings, and related capital improvement programs.
2. Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for
assigned engineering programs and services; identifies resource needs; recommends and implement
policies and procedures.
3. Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including complex civil engineering and public
works construction methods, procedures, and techniques.
4. Provides engineering and project management for several simultaneous ongoing complex capital
improvement projects including design and development of plans and specifications, inspects and
administers projects to ensure that public facilities are constructed in accordance with the plans and
specifications within project budget.
5. Oversees and participates in preparing designs and specifications for assigned projects; develops
engineering drawings, construction plans, specifications, contract documents, bid documents,
calculations, and cost estimates for proposed projects; researches project design requirements;
prepares estimates of time and material costs.
6. Inspects and administers ongoing complex projects to ensure that public facilities are constructed in
accordance with the plans and specifications.
7. Prepares a variety of engineering reports, studies, and technical documentation; maintains accurate
records of projects, budgets, or field observations required for the delivery of civil engineering
services for the City.
8. Responds to questions and inquiries from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering
professionals and City staff regarding engineering and development projects.
9. Prepares special engineering studies and reports.
10. Oversees City street and wastewater crews in developing new projects and on public safety
11. Oversees the design of new, repair of damaged, and construction of wooden docks, ship berths,
trestles, floats, gangways and harbors.
12. Writes, administrates and finalizes contracts, specification documents, easements and agreements for
the Public Works Department.
13. Coordinates with state and federal agencies in securing grants, permits, and variances; reviews
procedures for compliance with state and federal agencies codes and requirements.
14. As assigned, maintains compliance with federal and/or state agencies regarding hydropower licenses
and dam safety regulations; implements monitoring programs; conducts inspections as necessary;
collects and analyzes data, prepares and reviews technical reports; coordinates with consultants and
15. Maintains compliance with Coast Guard, EPA, and ADEC requirements for oil spill response
planning and reporting.
16. Prepares technical specifications and procurement documents for the purchase of equipment and
facilities and administers contracts.
17. Performs structural plan review for the Building Official for compliance with building codes; assists
the Building Official in disputes with builder, contractors, and designers; acts in the absence of the
18. Assists in the development and administration of the annual Public Works division budget; assist
other City departments on their capital project budgets.
19. Places orders for materials or supplies including negotiations with vendors and contractors; evaluates
and recommend approval of payment to consultants or contracts.
20. Coordinates assigned activities with consultants, engineers, developers, contractors, utilities,
architects, other City departments and divisions, and outside agencies.
21. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations
in the field of civil engineering.
22. Serves as Acting Public Works Director/Engineering Manager in their absence; supervises and
assists the Wastewater, Streets, Solid Waste and Building Maintenance divisions in the absence of
their division supervisors.
23. Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a
short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Operations, services, and activities of an engineering design and construction program.
Principles of lead supervision and training.
Modern and complex principles and practices of civil engineering.
Advanced structural and street highway design principles.
Scientific and mathematical principles as applied to civil engineering work.
Advanced principles and practices of project management and administration.
Advanced methods and techniques of contract negotiations and administration.
Principles and practices of project budget preparation and control.
Advanced methods, materials, and techniques used in civil engineering projects including those used
in the design and construction of development projects.
Mechanics and properties of materials.
Advanced methods and techniques of engineering plan review and analysis.
Advanced methods and techniques of conducting site and field investigation.
Advanced drafting methods, techniques, and equipment including those used in computer aided
Engineering maps and records.
Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to innovations and trends
in civil engineering design and development.
Principles and practices of business correspondence and technical report preparation.
Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and supporting word
processing, spreadsheet applications, and specialized engineering software programs.
Occupational health and safety standards.
Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.
Independently perform the most difficult professional level engineering duties involved in the design,
development, and construction management of a variety of construction/capital improvement
Lead, organize, and review the work of staff.
Serve as project engineer on assigned design and construction projects.
Prepare, review, interpret, analyze, and modify engineering plans, drawings, specifications, contract
documents, and engineering reports for conformance to professional standards and approved
Collect, assimilate, and evaluate data and prepare recommendations related to civil engineering
Perform engineering computations and calculations.
Prepare clear and concise administrative and technical reports.
Interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and
Interpret, explain and enforce Department policies and procedures.
Respond to questions and inquiries from a variety of sources regarding engineering and development
Research, review, update, and revise existing ordinances, policies, and design standards.
Coordinate activities with internal and external agencies and committees.
Use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely
provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil
engineering or related field.
Five years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience at a level
comparable to a Project Engineer with the City of Ketchikan.
License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
Possession of registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Alaska required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein 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 job functions.
Environment: Standard office setting with some travel to conduct site investigations; occasional
exposure to outside weather conditions; incumbents may be required to travel outside City
boundaries to attend meetings; frequent opportunity and requirements to interact with the general
public and property owners, contractors, suppliers and state, federal, borough and other city agencies.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office
setting and field environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop,
bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of
weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination
including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.