Public Works: Civil Engineer III

La Plata County   Durango, CO   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on January 5, 2023
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DATE: 3/13

JOB SUMMARY: Serves as project manager, and will assist the Project Engineer and occasionally the County Engineer with the evaluation of citizens requests for changes to traffic signs, road striping, and related public safety issues; manage the speed trailer for speed studies and traffic calming, and the variable message sign boards; assist with the assessment and inventory of small bridges (less than twenty feet in length) and the monitoring of large bridges (inspected by the State every two years), assist with the assessment and inventory of large and small culverts; track and coordinate the road improvement agreements for County road improvements associated with land use permits; conduct on-site inspections of driveways, utility installations, and may assist with residential and commercial developments infrastructure on occasion, and other special projects in the County; may assist with the inspection of road and bridge construction projects and asphalt paving projects to insure compliance with plans and specifications.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. Those responsibilities that are performed are delivered within the framework of intermediate level experience and qualifications recognizing appropriate supervisory review and oversight.

Assists with the evaluation and application of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) as it relates to proposed traffic changes and citizen driven requests for changes. This will include the use and management of the speed (radar) trailer in the application of conducting speed studies.

Assist with the management and use of the portable (trailer mounted) variable message signboards. Assists with the inventory and assessment of small bridges (less than twenty feet in length) and the interim monitoring of large bridges (inspected by the State every two years), assist with the inventory and assessment of large and small culverts.

Assist with the development and maintenance of a culvert management database. Assists with the management, inspection, and tracking of all development related county road improvements. This will include the management of the county road improvement agreement (RIA) database and the coordination with the developer and contractor as necessary to insure compliance with the RIA.

Communicates with the public concerning project status, public safety, right-of-way issues; explains construction methods and practices utilized throughout a project. Resolves conflicts with citizens in regard to issues involving the county right-of-way, issuance of “red tags” for work in the county right-of-way without permits.

Issues driveway and utility permits; completes and maintains records of permits issued; checks for proper permits to work in county right-of-ways; informs citizens, utility companies, developers, contractors and/or their representatives regarding county specifications and requirements. Issues driveway permits and inspects driveways, issue utility permits and inspect the installations, may assist with the inspection of roads, bridges, guardrails, and other structures in the course of construction, alteration, and/or repair for conformance to existing code requirements and applicable state regulations; observes construction activities and directs contractors to comply under the contract documents; gathers information concerning project changes and makes recommendations to the Project Engineer; calls for materials testing when appropriate.

Serves as project field manager; conducts meetings, evaluates contractor's performance; makes decisions regarding acceptance of work, extra work, change orders, field directives, construction law and OSHA regulations; interprets plans and specifications and makes field determinations and judgments for the Contractor, and Project Engineer. Recommends appropriate action to take when violations occur; issues verbal warnings and stop work orders to obtain compliance.

Interprets plans and specifications and makes field determinations and judgments to contractor and Project Engineer. Reviews construction plans and specifications for content and accuracy; makes recommendations to Project Engineer regarding construction projects.

Review of site plans and subdivisions in accordance with established standards and the ability to prepare written and verbal reports and memorandums for review by senior level staff, elected officials and appointed Boards.

Assists surveyor in construction and design surveys.

Performs other related duties as assigned. Regular and predictable attendance is required.

MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT USED: Vehicle Survey Equipment General Office and Computer Equipment Digital Camera


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a four-year college or technical school in Construction Management, Civil Engineering Technology, or a related field; and,

8 years of progressively responsible related construction experience, including a minimum of two years project management or inspection experience; or,

Any combination of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:  Valid State Driver's License.  Colorado Department of Transportation Flagger Certificate (desirable).  Asphalt Design and Construction Certification (desirable).  Public Engineer Certification

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: All knowledge and skills may not be required of all incumbents.

Knowledge of: Approved methods, materials, and techniques of road construction. Principles and practices of Civil Engineering. Principles and practices of construction surveying. Recordkeeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques. Standard business arithmetic, including percentages and decimals.

Skill in: Use of tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines. Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction. Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols. Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing. Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.

Ability to: Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals. Determine and/or identify unacceptable construction, materials, and/or trade practices and recommend corrective measures. Read and interpret construction plans as they apply to specific area of responsibility. Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, design guideline manuals and so forth. Operate all assigned equipment utilized in the performance of the essential functions of the job. Speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions. Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions, noise, and work near moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock. While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit, reach with hands and arms, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, ascend and descend stairs and maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking on weather effected surfaces and in rural environments, kneel, stoop, speak and hear, and lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Salary $90-100k/year DOE Full Time with medical, dental, vision, retirement, 38+ paid vacation/holiday days, 13+ paid sick days & paid parental leave benefits.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.