Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under direction, supervises and performs professional engineering work in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of streets, storm drains, traffic signals and traffic control devices, potable water and recycling water systems, sanitation sewers and other public works structures; and performs related duties as assigned.
Engineer I – This is the entry level class in the Engineer series. This level is not expected to function with the same amount of work knowledge or skill level as positions allocated to the Engineer II level. Engineer I’s exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Incumbents in this class are expected to learn the office and field operations of the department under the direction of an Engineer II, or Associate or Principal Engineers. Incumbents initially appointed to Engineer I level may progress to Engineer II after successfully completing one year (12 months) as an Engineer I with the City of Escondido, and achieving the qualifications and department requirements established for progression.
Engineer II – This is the journey level class in the Engineer series. Positions at this level require professional experience in civil or transportation engineering, or land surveying. Incumbents perform responsible engineering functions and exercise greater independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Positions in this class series are flexibly staffed and positions at the Engineer II level are normally filled by advancement from the Engineer I level.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- May be assigned to the design, office, field or traffic sections of the Public Works Department, the Utilities division, or other City departments/divisions as needed.
- Prepares engineering plans and specifications for the construction of public works projects.
- Develops plan layouts, details, and drawings.
- Prepares preliminary and final cost estimates.
- Serves as Party Chief for City survey crew working in public rights-of-way and on City-owned properties.
- Conducts field topographic and boundary surveys.
- Performs construction staking per approved designs for public works construction projects.
- Establishes and maintains vertical and horizontal control points throughout the City.
- Answers questions from the general public, contractors, developers, engineers and other staff members.
- Reviews improvement and grading plans for composition and accuracy.
- Makes engineering calculations related to hydraulic runoff drains, structural stresses and strengths.
- Prepares and/or supervising the preparation of the legal descriptions and grant deeds for easement and street rights-of-way.
- Investigates and checking tentative and final subdivision maps for accuracy, design, completeness and conformance to our local subdivision ordinance and the State Subdivision Map Act.
- Initiates and conducting traffic engineering studies and projects, such as traffic signals and lighting, signing, striping, parking and speed zoning, as well as preparing written reports for the Traffic Commission.
- Performs related duties as required.
- Provides vacation and temporary relief as required.
Additional duties performed by incumbents assigned to the Utilities division:
- Reviews proposed residential, commercial and industrial development with respect to water and wastewater improvements.
- Prepares exhibits using AutoCAD and GIS software applications.
- Works with GIS division to update the GIS utilities database.
- Operates and updates water and wastewater computer models.
- Initiates and conducts water and wastewater studies.
- Prepares professional services agreements, resolutions and written reports for City Council.
- Develops and reviews construction plans, specifications and quantity estimates for water and wastewater improvements.
- Manages Capital Improvement Project budgets.
- May serve as project engineer for utilities projects under some direction, supervision and review by others.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
- Municipal engineering design, construction and maintenance.
- Principles, practices and facilities used in civil and structural engineering and land surveying.
- Topographical and practices of traffic and transportation engineering or planning.
- Principles and practices of customer service.
- Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
- Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
- Prepare plans and specifications and review bid documents.
- Read civil engineering blueprints, specifications and interpret them accurately.
- Keep records, prepare reports, make computations and field measure quantities.
- Operate modern land surveying equipment and associated software.
- Perform moderate physical labor in connection with conducting field topographic and boundary surveys for construction projects.
- Carry out assigned duties in a safe and efficient manner.
- Prepare comprehensive oral and written reports.
- Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
- Work independently and efficiently to carry out assignments.
- Operate and use modern office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers, agency officials, City staff, and others contacted in the course of work.
- Deal tactfully, sensitively and effectively with all members of the public, often in stressful situations.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the cultural diversity of the community.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education/Training/Experience: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, or a closely related field; or possession of an Engineering-In-Training (EIT) Certificate in the State of California or a Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) Certificate in the State of California and one year entry-level professional experience in civil or transportation engineering or land surveying.
Education/Training/Experience: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, or a closely related field, and one year of professional experience in civil or transportation engineering or land surveying; or possession of an Engineering-In-Training (EIT) Certificate in the State of California or a Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) Certificate in the State of California, and two years of professional experience in civil or transportation engineering or land surveying.
License or Certificate - Must possess a valid Class C California driver's license at time of application. Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California is highly desirable.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: FREQUENT walking, standing, sitting, fine-finger dexterity to manipulate computer, operate and calibrate equipment. OCCASIONAL bending and stooping, squatting, pushing/pulling, twisting at waist, upward and downward flexion of neck, side-to-side turning of neck; lifting objects weighing up to 10 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 200 yards; lifting objects weighing 11-50 lbs. from below waist to waist level and transporting distances up to 200 yards with or without assistance; grasp and grip to lift and carry equipment; hand and arm strength and foot dexterity to operate automobile or light pickup. INFREQUENT crawling, climbing, reaching at and above shoulder height, kneeling, balancing above ground; lifting objects weighing 11-50 lbs. from chest level to above shoulders, with or without assistance.
Physical: FREQUENT exposure to extreme heat and humidity working outdoors and indoors in manufacturing facilities. OCCASIONAL exposure to temperature swings from air conditioning to outdoor temperatures, exposure to extreme noise in manufacturing environment, fumes and odors of process venting, dust from manufacturing. INFREQUENT exposure to mechanical hazards in operating vehicles, radiation hazards possibly resulting from manufacturing processes or facilities. Work schedule is 80 hour biweekly pay periods, with unscheduled breaks. Overtime may occasionally be required to accommodate schedules. Work environment is informal, both team and autonomy oriented, having both routine and variable tasks, with variable pace and pressure. Work is performed in the office and in the field at manufacturing facilities, commercial and industrial establishments.
Communication: VISION (may be correctable) to observe manufacturing processes and observe situations in performance of inspections. HEARING of warning signals in unfamiliar surroundings at industrial and commercial establishments. SPEAKING to communicate with industrial and commercial users. WRITING to complete log books, records and reports. READING of regulations, manuals, reports.
Date: October 2006
Revised by MH/Department