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City of Austin - JOB DESCRIPTION

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Engineer B

FLSA: Standard/Exempt EEO Category: (20) Professionals
Class Code: 13485 Salary Grade: HA3
Approved: October 24, 1997 Last Revised: April 14, 2022


Under limited supervision and using considerable latitude for independent judgment, this position performs engineering work that includes designing, planning, and overseeing work in support of construction, maintenance, alteration of structures, facilities, processes, equipment, and systems.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities:
  Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
  1. Approves, processes, and seals plans, specifications, construction documents by applying engineering standardization of practices and principles of complex calculations for applied discipline within Local and State regulatory requirements.
  2. Manages engineering that are routine, non-priority projects or programs. These projects require a level of technical proficiency as well as coordinative and administrative responsibility.
  3. Identifies, evaluates, and provides improvement recommendations with preliminary and final designs and design criteria for assigned program or projects. Assists in the preparation of preliminary and long-range plans, schedules, estimates, budgets, detailed final plans, specifications, special conditions, and agreements. Provides technical assistance with project progress from design through completion.
  4. Develops cost estimates, tracks expenditures, and prepares cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports and studies for projects. Prepares and/or assists with preliminary contract documents, specifications, and plans. Prepares final plans for review of specifications, special conditions, and agreements and coordinates and oversees technical work of contractors, affected public agencies, and utilities. Writes technical specifications for construction contracts.
  5. Reviews plans and approves permits by applying complex engineering standardization of practices and principles for applied discipline within Local and State regulatory requirements.
  6. Inspects and monitors projects for legal compliance by reviewing work completed by contractors and ensuring compliance to specifications by completing complex calculations that are used to further provide analysis of preliminary results of a project.
  7. Develops, negotiates, and monitors contracts by reviewing and writing contract change orders in the area of technical expertise and may negotiate and recommend financial arrangements for changes to contact.
  8. Conducts field inspections of work done by contractors to ensure compliance with plans and specifications. Drafts and recommends approval of contract change orders.
  9. Researches and performs statistical analysis for validation of reports and publication of results in various communication formats.
  10. Develops standard policies and ordinances for various contracts and/or projects and operating procedures. May provide analysis and recommendation of performance of various personnel assigned by contract or projects.
Responsibilities - Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:

May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of diversified, fundamental scientific and civil engineering concepts, phenomena, and relationships, and utilizes such changes in solution of theoretical or practical civil engineering problems.
  • Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry.
  • Knowledge of modern methods, materials, and techniques of assigned discipline.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: Civil, Environmental, Structural, Architectural, Mechanical, and/or Electrical engineering terminology and techniques.
  • Knowledge of City of Austin purchasing and contract policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of applicability of established engineering principles and methods.
  • Knowledge of phases of the plans review and inspections processes.
  • Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements within Local and State ordinances and laws.
  • Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports.
  • Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution.
  • Ability to perform more complex engineering computations, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry, rapidly and accurately.
  • Ability to interpret and explain maps and other related documents.
  • Ability to interpret and make decisions not within established policies and practices.
  • Ability to communicate and provide direction to peers and assigned personnel.
  • Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific civil engineering problems and provide practical, cost-effective solutions.
  • Ability to observe, compare, or monitor objects and data to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.
  • Ability to use graphic instructions such as blueprints, schematic drawings, layouts, or other visual aids.
  • Ability to use a personal computer, engineering applications, and data management software.
Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to engineering, plus six (6) years of experience in engineering acquired before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer.

Licenses and Certifications Required:

Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Texas; or if currently licensed in another state, must have the ability to obtain a Texas P.E. license within six (6) months of employment.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.