Incumbents are responsible for performing a variety of professional engineering support activities. Duties include: monitoring the work of technical employees and work crews; organizing capital improvement projects; supervising environmental projects for the City; preparing professional engineering drawings and specifications for various assignments and projects; investigating, answering, and addressing customer questions, comments, concerns, and complaints; serving as a liaison to engineering personnel, administrative officials, and committees; performing inspections and contract administration; and performing right-of-way and easement acquisitions according to federal requirements.
Examples of Duties
Monitors technical employees and work crews to include: assigning and prioritizing duties and tasks; making hiring recommendations; providing direction and disciplinary action; and, conducting training;
Organizes road, bridge, culvert and/or sidewalk capital improvement projects to include: identifying needed additions and modifications; developing budgets; preparing bid specifications; selecting contractors; establishing, reviewing, and approving design criteria; providing guidance; reviewing construction plans; performing inspection and contract administration; and, recommending safety or capacity improvements.
Supervises environmental projects for the City to include: participating in the development of action plans; arranging sampling; reviewing technical materials; overseeing outside contractors; and, communicating with City and environmental employees and consultants;
Serves as a liaison to engineering personnel, administrative officials, and committees by: attending meetings; taking and preparing minutes; providing analyses, recommendations, and design for projects in area of assignment; advising and coordinating activities; facilitating resolution of concerns; and, informing City Manager's Office of issues;
Performs right-of-way and easement acquisitions according to federal requirements which includes determining fair market values, reviewing evaluation criteria, preparing legal documents, negotiating purchase and acquisition, and recording documents;
Investigates and addresses customer questions, concerns, and complaints in area of assignment by gathering data, identifying possible solutions, and making appropriate recommendations.
Prepares professional engineering drawings and specifications for various assignments and projects by reviewing data, performing surveys, and determining method of cost estimate and
Performs other duties of a similar nature.
Engineering practices, methods, and fundamentals;
Hydraulic and hydrology principles;
Sanitary and Storm sewer systems;
Roadway treatment and maintenance;
City of Kalamazoo ordinances and specifications;
AASHTO and FHWA design guides and manuals
Construction practices and principles;
Project management techniques;
City, State, and Federal policy and procedures.
Using computers and related software applications;
Using required equipment;
Estimating and budgeting for project costs;
Supervising employees and contractors;
Preparing and analyzing construction projects;
Preparing and interpreting technical engineering drawings;
Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
Acceptable Training and Experience
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or field related to area of assignment and two years of engineering or related experience;
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Must be able to work in the United States without organizational sponsorship, both now and in the future.
Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):
Valid Michigan Driver's License
PE preferred EIT required
About City of Kalamazoo Public Services Department
Kalamazoo's Department of Public Services is one of the City's largest departments and provides many of the services residents use every day. Water, wastewater, residential services (bulk trash, brush, recycling, leaf pickup), snow removal, environmental services, cemeteries, fleet management, engineering, and road construction & maintenance are all handled by Public Services. The Department is organized into several divisions, each with a specific focus.