Assistant City Engineer

DATE: 12-16-99

JOB TITLE: Assistant City Engineer
DEPARTMENT: Public Works
DIVISION: Engineering

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: City Engineer/Director of Public Works

DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Associate Engineers, Technicians, and Aides

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: A minimum of a BS Degree in Civil Engineering and 7 years of progressive and responsible experience in Municipal Engineering.

NATURE OF WORK: Performs or supervises technical and complex work in surveying, drawing plans, examination or inspection in engineering investigations. Assists City Engineer in coordinating progress of all engineering design, construction, and inspection work.


I. Supervises design of State-Aid and Federal-Aid street improvement projects by participating in drafting of specifications, cost projections, and plans.

A. Prepares and designs complex projects.
B. Reviews and advises subordinates work on projects.
C. Interprets specifications for subordinates.

II. Ensures city projects design completion by participating in and directing others in activities of this nature.

A. Participates in preliminary surveys of larger projects when requested.
B. Prepares project reports as necessary.
C. Writes specifications for City projects.
D. Prepares cost estimates.

III. Monitors project progress by serving as construction inspector on large projects.

A. Interprets specifications for project personnel.
B. Prepares change orders and supplemental agreements as necessary.
C. Supervises other inspectors as necessary.
D. Checks for code compliance and accepted engineering practices.
E. Performs various tests.

IV. Reviews and recommends the approval of plans and specifications developed for construction projects to assure completeness and code compliance.

A. Confers with developers, outside engineers, and general public.
B. Provides technical engineering advice to other city departments.
C. Advises staff concerning technical problems.
D. Advises other city departments concerning engineering projects.

V. Directs maintenance of engineering files and records to ensure proper documentation or projects and procedures.

A. Keeps record of all projects completed, in progress, or uncompleted.
B. Keeps records of change orders and supplemental agreements on projects.
C. Records verbal orders and conversations pertinent to projects.
D. Prepares technical reports as required for State and Federal governmental

VI. Performs other job-related activities as necessary.

A. Assumes responsibilities of City Engineer in his absence to assure smooth
functioning of the division.
B. Attends City Council and Planning Commission meetings as directed.
C. Provides guidance for division staff.


I. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the division.

A. Answers citizen questions and requests for materials and information.
B. Follows up on citizen complaints in areas pertaining to the division.
C. Maintains good relations with contractors working on city projects.


I. Must posses a valid Minnesota driver's license.

II. Registration as a Professional Engineer by the State of Minnesota is preferred.

III. All required licenses and certifications must be maintained active and valid by the employee.


I. Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and equipment relative to this position which shall include but may not be limited to: Motor vehicles, communication equipment, computers, copy machines, fax machines, measuring devices, and calculators.


I. Hours may vary, but generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
This is an exempt position and does not accrue overtime.

II. Office environment and construction job site activities, which may include walking, climbing, and bending, in a normal construction environment. This may include exposure to the natural elements, dust, insects, and conditions that could be hazardous or dangerous relative to construction sites.

III. As approved by the Director of Public Works and availability of funds, continuing education and training will be provided to ensure a competent level of ability to perform the duties of this position and to allow maintenance of required licenses and certifications.


In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, talk or hear, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to seventy-five (75) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.