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Civil Engineer I (E.I.T.)

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Position Information

Position Number
Position Title Civil Engineer I (E.I.T.)
Base Location City Hall
Department Engineering
Job Open Date 01/25/2018
Job Close Date 02/26/2018
Open Until Filled No

Position Details

Position Summary

Unique opportunity to work for a thriving community in the Western Suburbs with steady residential and commercial redevelopment and public infrastructure projects. This is a professional entry level civil engineering position overseeing private and public construction projects within the City. Opportunities will include exposure to stormwater, domestic water supply, sanitary sewer, private utility, and residential/commercial development fields. The position will analyze and interpret complex engineering construction and planning documents for compliance with City requirements. The position also encompasses design/construction of private development, public works and utility projects and will provide information assistance to the public and City staff regarding City standards, policies and programs. Work is performed under the direction of the City Engineer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Designs, prepares and evaluates preliminary and final plans and specifications for a variety of public works, building, facility roadway, traffic, wastewater and water plant design, and maintenance and retrofitting projects.
• Performs project resident engineering oversight on various construction projects; coordinates daily activities, ensures compliance with plans and specifications, administers contracts, documents work performed, and measures quantities.
• Conducts feasibility and cost studies; recommends alternative approaches, including the use of contract services and the incorporation of new methods and materials.
• Confers with and may direct the work of, on a specific project, City staff as required.
• Reviews and evaluates parcel maps, records of survey, subdivision and construction plans and other documents submitted by the public; provides engineering design and code information and ensures that designs meet accepted industry and legal standards.
• Conducts research studies and prepares reports and recommendations regarding land use, building and facility design, transportation, housing, redevelopment, and a variety of engineering-related community service needs.
• Uses computers and software programs for various technical modeling, calculation, computer-aided drafting and similar engineering projects and studies.
• Prepares a variety of written communications, including analytical reports, correspondence; directs the preparation of graphic materials.
• Conducts field surveys and investigations related to engineering projects or requests.
• Develops engineering solutions to complex problems related to such areas as bridges, storm or sanitary sewers, roadways, water systems, flood control systems, and office or plant facility design and retrofitting.
• Prepares project designs, cost estimates, specifications and project schedules.
• Participates in writing requests for proposal and contract specifications for design and construction services; participates in the selection of contractors and administers professional service contracts.
• Ensures that codes and standards are met in assigned projects.
• Administers contracts with and confers with consultants, engineers, architects and/or construction contractors; schedules projects; provides technical oversight, inspects work in progress and ensures that all work complies with contract specifications and applicable codes and standards.
• Reviews and authorizes requests for payment and change orders; tracks and documents project and/or program costs.
• Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Engineering Division’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.
• Maintains accurate records and prepares a variety of periodic and special reports.
• Drives a motor vehicle in order to drive to project sites and meetings.
• Monitors developments in equipment, materials and techniques in the engineering design and construction field.
• Confers with members of other departments regarding departmental or City-wide requirements and solutions; facilitates the resolution of problems and the development of coordinated policies.
• Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with public and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

Critical Mental/Physical Requirements

Required Knowledge:
• Engineering objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices and information sources.
• Public works, facility and/or building design and construction principles, methods and materials.
• Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
• Project design and management principles and techniques.
• Statistical analysis and mathematical concepts related to the engineering process.
• Terminology, symbols, methods, techniques and instruments used in engineering graphics and drafting.
• Principles and practices of materials and soils analysis and grading.
• Engineering mathematics.
• Business letter writing and the standard format for typed materials.
• Record keeping principles and practices.
• Safety principles and practices related to the work.
• Correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
• Techniques for dealing with the public, in person and over the telephone.

Required Skills:
• Researching, analyzing, and summarizing engineering data both manually and with computer applications.
• Interpreting maps, plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data.
• Making complex engineering calculations quickly and accurately.
• Preparing clear, concise and complete technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials.
• Exercising sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
• Working without close supervision in standard work situations.
• Understanding and applying federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards pertaining to engineering and construction.
• Performing technical, detailed engineering design, computer modeling and related project development.
• Representing the City effectively in meetings with developers, contractors, representatives of business, community and professional groups and the public.
• Interpreting, applying and explaining complex federal, state and local laws related to the areas of responsibility.
• Using tact, discretion and prudence in dealing with those contacted in the course of the work.

Mobility to work in an office setting, use standard office equipment, operate surveying equipment in the field, and stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.

Position Qualifications/Experience

• Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, or the ability to obtain within 6 months.
• Registration as a Professional Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) in the State of Illinois or other state, or ability to obtain within 6 months.
• Prior work experience in a municipal environment preferred.
• Knowledge in computer applications including Microsoft Office. AutoCAD experience a plus.
• Valid Driver’s License.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office and field setting. Agility to navigate construction sites safely. Work is subject to performance under adverse environmental conditions, exposure to intense noise, fumes and traffic.

Wage $64,000, plus excellent benefits package

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Other Document

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, or ability to obtain within 6 months. Do you meet these minimum requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * A preferred license for this position is registration as a Professional Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) in the State of Illinois or other state, or ability to obtain within 6 months. In what state(s) do you have a Professional Engineer in Training License?
    • Illinois
    • Illinois and other states
    • Other states (not Illinois)
    • ability to obtain within 6 months
    • None of the above
  3. * A preferred requirement of this position is prior work experience in a municipal environment. Do you have prior work experience in a municipal environment?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * If applicable, briefly describe your work experience in a municipal environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Describe your experience and/or education in design and construction inspection of capital improvement projects including watermain, roadway, sewer, and other projects.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * What is your level of proficiency in Microsoft applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint?
    • Basic
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  7. * A preferred requirement of this position is AutoCAD experience. What is your level of experience in AutoCAD?
    • Highly Experienced
    • Experienced
    • Minimum Experience
    • No Experience