NATURE OF WORK: This is engineering work at an advanced professional level and includes responsibility for reviewing complex engineering plans and reports; resolving difficult design analysis and/or interpretations; acting as project engineer for large scale projects; maintaining regular and important contracts with the public, contractors, other agencies and groups; and monetary responsibility for either cost-effective design, engineering analysis, or planning that may reduce costs of construction or operations. Work is performed under minimal supervision of the designated supervisor and may include managing/supervising the activities or one or more subordinate engineers. Assignments require evaluative thinking and are carried out in accordance with functional precedents, practices and policies.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (The following examples illustrate the work performed in the positions in the class. Positions may require some or all of these examples depending on the organization of work within the department. The list is not inclusive. A position may require duties not listed, if necessary, to accomplish the work of the department.)
Review preliminary and site plans, final design plans and traffic impact analysis reports to ensure conformance with sound engineering practices and all applicable County and State regulations, codes and specifications; provide comments and recommendations to appropriate agencies; meets with engineers, and developers to discuss recommendations and solutions to problems and recommends approval of amended plans.
Determine required traffic signing and road striping/marking needed for Capital projects as well as those recommended for maintenance/upgrades on existing County roadways; prepare traffic control plans for County projects and review plans submitted by other agencies and/or developers for compliance with County standards; conduct traffic analysis studies; review submitted studies and prepare written responses with comments and recommendations; design traffic signals and review traffic signal plans.
Participates in internal review board meetings to provide input regarding plans discussed; may direct such meetings in supervisor’s absence; directs subordinate engineers to compile composite comments on plans reviewed.
Inspects assigned projects; coordinates activities of different County, State or Federal agencies, engineers, contractors, developers, and other pertinent parties in all phases of assigned projects.
Represents department at public hearings, meetings, and conferences as assigned; participate in various review committees regarding traffic safety; maintains liaison with contractors, consultants and representatives of County, State, regional and Federal agencies; answers public inquiries, receives and acts on citizen complaints and suggestions.
Plans, assigns and reviews the work of lower level professional and technical personnel engaged in a variety of engineering tasks.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of engineering theory, principles and practices as applied to the preparation of plans, specifications, estimates and designs for a variety of public works engineering projects; of the standards of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the State’s supplement to the manual to apply standards to all projects; of highway capacity analysis to conduct and review traffic analysis studies, of modern engineering and administrative methods and techniques as required in public works facilities, reconstruction and maintenance depending on area of specialty. Ability and skill in interpreting and analyzing engineering design plans and specifications and resolving programs with same; in planning, assigning and reviewing the work of lower level engineering and technical; in preparing technical forms, reports, agreements and other correspondence; effective oral and written communication skill. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and developers, consultant architects and engineers, contractors, and the public; to stand for prolonged periods of time; to bend, climb, stoop or sit depending upon work assignment; to drive a County vehicle in carrying out some work assignments. EDUCATION: B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field, such as Bachelor of Engineering Technology, or Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering, supplemented by civil engineering courses. EXPERIENCE: Six (6) years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience in the area of specialization. LICENSE: Must have a professional engineer license issued by the State of Maryland. THE PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER LICENSE MAY BE WAIVED IF THE APPLICANT POSSESSES SIX ADDITIONAL YEARS OF INCREASINGLY RESPONSIBLE ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE IN THE AREA OF SPECIALIZATION Applicant with appropriate experience and licensing from another state will be considered for appointment but will be required to obtain reciprocal licensing from Maryland within one (1) year of appointment to this class. Possession of a valid Class “D” or Class “C” non-commercial driver’s license with no more than three (3) points. SAFETY: Must comply with Harford County Safety Manual