Civil Engineer III - Public Works

La Plata County   Durango, CO   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on September 13, 2022






DATE: 3/22

JOB SUMMARY: Serves as project engineer and manager on road and bridge construction projects, including coordinating the design, preparation of construction specifications and bid documents; plan, coordinate and manage engineering construction projects, road and bridge projects. Responsible for writing requests for proposals for the solicitation of professional services from outside consultants and establish a project design process for in-house and consultant designed projects. Work with the County Procurement department to establish consultant selection criteria, evaluate construction bids, conducts pre-construction meetings and recommend award of contract. Provide recommendations relevant to the engineering budget, schedule, and the ten-year plan. Inspect and review consultant work and coordinate and facilitate public meetings. Negotiates change orders, ensures contract compliance, and process pay requests. Assist with Agenda item submission forms for items to be considered by the Board of County Commissioners.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Essential functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. Reasonable accommodations, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, will be made when possible. (All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.) Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with County policies, procedures and applicable laws including: training in job skills; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Manages engineering contracts and construction projects including: planning, design, contract administration and construction management; ensures all contractual obligations, budgets and policies related to capital construction projects are met; assist in the preparation and coordination of detailed construction plans, estimates and letting for construction projects; provides value engineering oversight; prepares and manages change orders and project schedule; reviews and approves payments to general contractor, consultants and others as required by project. Supervises and monitors design, planning and inspection of road and bridge construction projects and maintenance work; coordinates the design of road and bridge projects with engineering consultants and reviews plans and construction specifications. Assists with the preparation and evaluation of requests for proposals; including coordinating review with the County Engineer; compiling and coordinating distribution of bid documents; coordinate the preparation of newspaper advertisements; answering questions from bidders; issuing addenda’s; reviewing bids for acceptability and administering award recommendations. Manages utility and private improvements inside the County right-of-way. Conducts pre-construction meetings and progress meetings as required. Resolves conflicts and settles disputes for claims, private owner agreements, right-of-way issues, construction activities, public utilities and public safety. Provide technical support and act as engineering liaison between the engineering department, consulting engineering firms and other governmental agencies; reviews agency documents preparing and presenting comments on behalf of the department. Coordinate the location, notification and preparation of presentations at public meetings for assigned projects. Provides technical testimony at Public Hearings or Meetings. Provide technical assistance, guidance, and training to engineering staff. Assign, lead, and evaluate the work of subordinate employees as required; advises assists and trains subordinates as necessary. Participate in the selection of new employees, and make recommendations regarding hiring. Review and approve all plans and contract documents that are used in the public bidding process for county construction projects. Develop recommendations for mitigation to reduce environmental impacts that may be caused by improvements to the county road system. Evaluate field laboratory soils results and makes engineering recommendations pertaining to the design of roadway, bridge foundations, retaining walls and landslide corrections

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or related field, and four (4) years of civil engineering experience, three (3) of which are in the area of specialization; or, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS: A Professional Engineer’s License or ability to obtain one within six months of hire and a valid Colorado State Driver’s License.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: • Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to transportation, including design and construction, surveying and drafting, materials engineering and soil mechanics. • Principles and practices of project management and contract administration, including planning, organizing, delegating, scheduling and controlling. • Engineering mathematics, economics and statistical analysis. • Construction methods, material, specifications and codes. • Principles of hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology and water resources management. • Computer software application related to engineering including AutoCAD and computer applications related to the work specifically, proficient with spreadsheets, and word processing. • Applicable state, federal and local codes, regulations and standards relating to transportation and the design of roads and bridges. • Administration of staff, engineering technician and road and bridge construction inspectors, and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision. • Knowledge of MUTCD, AASHTO codes, and CDOT standards, specifications and contract and procedures.

MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES: Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, contracts, technical procedures and government regulations. Ability to make and encourage sound and timely decisions and exercise strong leadership. Ability to speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions with abstract and/or concrete variables. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals. While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, speak and hear, and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

WORKING CONDITIONS: While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions, fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, work near moving mechanical parts, work in high precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of radiation. The incumbent's working conditions are typically moderately quiet. This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when possible. Salary $85-90,000/year DOE Full Time with medical, dental, vision, retirement, 39+ paid vacation/holiday days, 13+ paid sick days & paid parental leave benefits.

Application Deadline 4 pm 10/21/22.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.