City Engineer

Department: Public Works

Division: Public Works

Effective Date: 03/12/2020 | Closing Date: Upon Hire

Salary: $66,004 - $95,706

General Purpose:

Performs a variety of professional, administrative and supervisory duties related to planning, organizing, directing and controlling the design, development and construction of city infrastructure. Directs project monitoring to ensure compliance with standards and ordinances. Provides engineering oversight for other departments and divisions including streets, water, irrigation, sewer collection, flood control and new development.

Supervision Received:

Works under the broad policy guidance and direction of the Public Works Director

Supervision Exercised:

Provides general guidance and direction to staff and contract engineers.

Essential Functions:

Plans, organizes and directs operations and activities related to contract project design, management and construction administration, related to culinary water, secondary water, waste water, storm drain, streets, curbs and gutters, traffic engineering and other contract projects affected by private development and city capital improvement projects (CIP); establishes and recommends project priorities; prepares engineering reviews and reports for proposed projects and developments; oversees long range strategies for public works development.

Serves as engineering liaison and advisor to public works and various boards and commissions; provides feedback on issues affecting city engineering liability and responsibility; prepares or directs the preparation of various reports, projections, and evaluations as required; consults and advises Public Works Director and staff on improvements or problems related to utilities, annexations and city property; assists management in developing city ordinances and policies; provides technical insight and recommendations related to determining city policies, goals and objectives; receives directives, formulates implementation options and strategies, directs research, converts strategies into action plans with timetables and deadlines.

Participates in the development and implementation of the City's Capital Improvement Plans consistent with city master or general plan guidelines and specifications; assures all projects and programs comply with established Utah Code, city ordinance and generally accepted engineering standards.

Provides Technical expertise in transportation relate issues including traffic signals, traffic impact studies, AASHTO standard, MUTCD Standards, Active transportation, Transportation master plans, Right of Way acquisition. Participates in meetings and planning with MPO, UDOT and Federal Highways Administration.

Participates in public meetings and hearings as needed to solicit public response and apprise of policy and project options; educates the public through media, reports, public meetings and presentations; conducts pre-project meetings with developers, contractors, architects, etc., as needed to inform and educate regarding city standards and project expectations; assesses proposals and determines feasibility in relation to city general plan; makes recommendations.

Oversees and monitors progress of contract projects; provides quality assurance review of various stages of project completion; initiates corrective action and change orders as needed to maintain established local, county, state and federal standards.

Establishes standards and criteria for selection of engineering consultants; negotiates contracts; monitors consultant activities and work to assure compliance with standards and contract specifications; ensures timely completion; coordinates inspections for engineering division projects.

Reviews, approves and In-house stamps engineered plans and specifications for public improvements, subdivisions and planned business development; determines plan compliance with codes and standards; provides professional engineers stamp for in-house design projects and incurs personal professional liability per Utah Code; approves all city plats for conformity with survey requirements, city code, and Utah Code.

Oversees city survey work in meeting survey needs for city projects and in providing overview to other survey works within the city limits.

Assures that all ordinances, resolutions and orders of the City Council relating to engineering projects are carried into effect; performs work in coordination with federal, state, and county agencies related to various public works projects as may be required to meet applicable laws, codes, standards, and grant obligations.

Supervises department personnel; initiates and coordinates with personnel office regarding various personnel actions such as recruitment, advancement, discipline and discharge; establishes policy and rules; informs personnel of new procedures and policy changes, establishes standards for performance within the department; responsible for evaluating employee performance; disciplines as necessary; organizes and conducts department meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Education and Experience:
  1. Graduation from college with a bachelors degree in civil engineering;

  2. Ten (10) ) years of progressively responsible experience directly related to above duties; Two (2) years of which must have been in a senior engineer or supervisory capacity;


  1. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  1. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Extensive knowledge of Transportation principles and design, Hydrology principles and design,computerized engineering systems and instruments (CAD) and related peripheral equipment; software applications and basic programming related to specific engineering software including web-based applications; civil engineering methods, principles and practices; construction methods and materials common to public works projects; uniform building codes, planning and zoning codes, engineering standards and codes; technical and practical design of public works systems; principles and practices of supervision and worker motivation; interpersonal communication skills; the use of a variety of technical engineering equipment; political and governmental processes affecting engineering program management.

Considerable skillin the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to plan, organize, and direct the affairs and operations of a division engaged in a variety of complex public works projects; read and interpret plans and specifications; visualize completed projects in planning stages and estimate the end results; estimate quantity of materials accurately; develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates, and the public.

  1. Special Qualifications:
    Must be a licensed Professional Engineer (PE).).
  2. Work Environment:

  3. Tasks require a variety of physical activities not generally involving muscular strain. Physical demands may occur in activities related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, etc. Talking, hearing and seeing required in the daily performance of job duties. Mental application utilizes memory for details, emotional stability and discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in course of performing portions of job functions.


Disclaimer: The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the employee(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons. Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice. This job description supersedes earlier versions.


Washington City provides full time employees with an excellent benefit package including a healthcare plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage), dental plan (no out of pocket expense for employee, out of pocket expense for dependents only), and a vision plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage). In addition, the City provides a $50,000 life insurance policy, AD&D, LTD, and an impressive retirement plan. Washington City also contributes 4.5% into a 401(K) plan for all eligible employees that are in the public employee fund. All benefits are effective on the1st day of work. The City also provides 12 paid holidays, 12 paid sick days per year plus vacation accruals.

It is the policy of Washington City to comply with Equal Employment Opportunity standards in all phases of personnel administration: job structuring, recruitment, examination, selection, appointment, placement, training, upward mobility, discipline, discharge, etc, without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin or veteran status.

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