Associate Civil Engineer
City of Reno, NV
City of Reno, NV

$90,000 - $110,000 a year

EducationSkills
Description

This is a continuous recruitment and will be closed once the position is filled. The first screening of applicants will be November 8, 2019 and weekly thereafter until the position is filled.

Applicants who successfully pass the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation with at least a 70% will be placed on the eligible list and certified to the department for consideration, depending on their ranking. This is a continuous recruitment and your ranking may change.

There is currently one (1) position available and this will establish a list for future vacancies. This is an open competitive opportunity for all interested and qualified individuals and a promotional opportunity for current City of Reno employees.

SUMMARY OF POSITION
Under general supervision, performs a variety of difficult and complex professional civil engineering functions involved in the design, construction, and investigation of capital improvement and new development projects; reviews plans, designs, and specifications and recommends changes for compliance; and responds to questions and inquiries from the general public, property owners, developers, architects, surveyors, contractors and City staff regarding engineering and development projects.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This is the full journey-level class within the professional Engineer series and incumbents are required to possess professional engineering registration (PE). Employees within this class perform the full range of duties as assigned including participating in engineering projects of breadth and complexity. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

The City of Reno is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity. This commitment is also part of our effort to prepare for a more diverse and representative workforce.

Note: The salary and benefits associated with this position are subject to change at any time.

Examples of Essential Functions

Perform a variety of difficult and complex professional civil engineering functions involved in the design, construction, and investigation of capital improvement and new development projects.

Perform various project management functions; prepare and monitor budgets; prepare designs and specifications; review and track the progress and work of consultants and contractors; monitor the project schedule; administer permits; ensure compliance with specifications; prepare budget, progress and status reports; recommend modifications as necessary.

Assess feasibility and soundness of proposed engineering tests, products and equipment.

Coordinate the work of various outside professionals to achieve desired project outcomes; negotiate with consultants in the planning, design, construction, and inspection of projects.

Design and prepare contract specifications for construction of various public works and capital improvement projects; research design requirements, perform complex engineering calculations, analyze material and design data; prepare estimates of time and material costs.

Conduct technical reviews of plans and reports for projects affecting City streets, sewers, drains, and related public works facilities for adequacy and conformance with applicable municipal codes and regulations; record maps with county recorder.

Coordinate the review and processing of plans with other staff and agencies to ensure timeliness and completeness; assign tasks to subordinate staff members.

Perform field reviews of new construction to identify potential unaddressed problems; negotiate changes to plans, plats, maps, or field construction as necessary.

Create master plans for capital improvement and new development projects including planning, research, funding, and assembling professional teams.

Prepare a variety of difficult and complex engineering reports, studies, and technical documentation; utilize specialized engineering applications, databases, programs, and graphics.

Conduct various presentations for the City Council, Planning Commission and other committees; provide professional technical advice to City staff regarding potential strategies or preferred ways to plan capital construction projects.

Represent the City at various meetings and committees regarding the implementation of projects; evaluate and prioritize projects to support City and Council goals and objectives.

Respond to questions and inquiries from the general public, property owners, developers, architects, surveyors, contractors and City staff regarding engineering and development projects; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of engineering; research, review, update and revise existing ordinances, policies and design standards; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

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 would be:

Education:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.

Experience:
Two (2) years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience at a level comparable to a Project Coordinator (formerly Assistant Civil Engineer) with the City of Reno.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.
Possession of registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) and the ability to obtain reciprocity in the State of Nevada within six (6) months of hire.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a municipal engineering design and construction program.
Modern and complex principles and practices of civil engineering.
Modern and complex principles and practices of traffic engineering
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.
Methods and techniques of engineering plan review and analysis.
Methods and techniques of conducting site and field investigation.
Principles and practices of field surveying including topographic and construction surveying.
Drafting methods, techniques, and equipment including those used in computer-aided drafting.
Mathematical principles as applied to civil engineering work.
Engineering maps and records.
Methods and techniques of contract negotiations and administration.
Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to innovations and trends in civil and traffic engineering design and development.
Principles and practices of business correspondence and technical report preparation.
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 laws, codes and regulations related to the assigned field of engineering.

Ability to:
Perform a variety of difficult and complex professional civil engineering functions.
Interpret, explain and enforce department policies and procedures.
Develop, review, and modify engineering and construction drawings, plans and specifications.
Coordinate the work of various outside professionals to achieve desired project results.
Research, review, update, and revise existing ordinances, policies, and design standards.
Ensure project compliance with applicable rules, regulations, and codes.
Collect, assimilate, and evaluate data and prepare recommendations related to civil engineering projects.
Perform complex engineering computations and calculations.
Prepare bid documents, contract documents, specifications, cost estimates, and engineering drawings.
Inspect public works projects for conformance with plans and specifications.
Administer change orders and contract laws.
Interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures.
Respond to questions and inquiries from a variety of sources regarding engineering and development projects.
Prepare clear and concise administrative and technical reports.
Conduct analytical traffic studies accurately and reliably.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and specialized engineering software programs.
Work independently in the absence of supervision.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Work in a team-based environment to achieve common goals.
Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.
Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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:
Work is performed in both an office and field environment; travel from site to site; occasional exposure to outside weather conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.

Physical:
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office 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; visual acuity for reading engineering plans and specifications; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Supplemental Information

HOW TO APPLY:
You may submit your completed application and supplemental questionnaire online at www.reno.gov/jobs. If a computer or mobile device is not available to you, suggested locations to complete an online application submittal include: the City of Reno City Hall 2nd floor computer kiosk or the 5th floor Civil Service Offices, or any locations of Nevada Job Connect and any local library or educational facility.

Note: Please answer the Supplemental Questionnaire included with this application completely and make sure your answers are verifiable on your application. It is important that you take time to answer the supplemental questions thoughtfully and completely because your responses to the questions are assessed to determine your final grade/score.

This is a continuous recruitment and will be closed once the position is filled. The first screening of applicants will be November 8, 2019 and weekly thereafter until the position is filled.

Applicants who successfully pass the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation with at least a 70% will be placed on the eligible list and certified to the department for consideration, depending on their ranking. This is a continuous recruitment and your ranking may change.

EXAMINATION PROCESS:
Supplemental Questionnaire: 100% of final grade.

NOTIFICATION:
Applicants are notified by email of their results. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will also be notified.

TESTING ACCOMMODATION:
If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability and will be requesting an accommodation, that request must be made to the Chief Examiner no later than the closing date of this announcement.

CONTACT AND DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION:
Applicants are responsible for keeping the Reno Civil Service Commission informed of all contact phone, email and mailing changes. Rule XV, Section 2.

EMPLOYEE/VETERAN PREFERENCE (In the Event of Tie Scores):
In the event of tie scores resulting from an open competitive examination, employees will be provided a rank preference in the following order: employees with established veteran status shall be given the first preference, non-veteran employees second preference and non-employee veterans third preference. A candidate who desires to claim veteran's preference must, at time of application, submit documentation of honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. This preference will only be administered in the event of tie scores. Documentation must be submitted at time of application.

SENIORITY POINTS:
Credit shall be given to allow seniority credit to be given on examination scores for length of continuous employment for those employees hired from an eligible list. Lines of progression shall be determined by Civil Service employment progression charts. Credit shall be computed by adding to a passing score as follows:

For each full year of continuous service completed up to a maximum of ten (10) years
....0.2 points per year

Rule VIII - Promotion, Section 9. Seniority Credit.

APPOINTMENT & CERTIFICATION:
Appointments to positions in the City's Civil Service system are made on the basis of examination. Scores resulting from a competitive examination are used in determining a person's rank on an eligible register. The current certification rule in effect at the time a request is received by the Civil Service Commission will be used to refer names. The department may hire any of the persons referred. The names of those persons not hired may be considered when the next vacancy occurs, for as long as that register is viable.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD:
As the final step in the selection process, newly hired and newly promoted employees serve a probationary period of fixed duration to show their ability to perform the work.

QUESTIONS/UPDATES:
Questions about the information on this announcement and updates to application information should be directed to Civil Service at (775) 334-2223.

The City of Reno is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, retention, and disciplinary decisions will be made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, political affiliation, membership in an employee association, or any other protected class status applicable under federal or state law or City Charter.