YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: Senior Engineer

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FLSA STATUS:

JOB SUMMARY:

The Senior Engineer performs difficult to complex professional level engineering work activities involving multiple or complex projects in civil, traffic, structural, or environmental engineering areas; and provides direction, training, guidance and feedback to technical and professional staff.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Senior Engineer classification is the third level in a three level professional engineering classification series. The Senior Engineer classification is distinguished from the Project Engineer classification by responsibility for monitoring the work of other professional engineers, consultants, contractors and or the regulated community and by assignment to projects with broader scope and greater financial accountability.

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Prioritizes, assigns, reviews and directs engineering projects, programs, or permit processes; provides directions, training, guidance and feedback to technical and professional staff, consultants, contractors, architects and regulated communities. Ensures plan, drawing, specification, project, and / or permit compliance. Coordinates projects with other departments, regulating agencies and utility companies.

 

2.

Prepares, coordinates and monitors project preparations or designs, plans, drawings, specifications, estimates, spreadsheets and graphic materials; collects, gathers and interprets engineering data for projects with a broad scope and high level of financial responsibility.

 

3.

Prepares complex plans and / or permits for water systems, wastewater facility plans or air quality systems.

 

4.

Manages projects and related activities such as recommending or approving materials, schedules, pay estimates, and contract awards; negotiates change orders; and provide quality control.

 

5.

Responds to questions and concerns from the general public and property owners.

 

6.

Conducts engineering investigations and studies; prepares technical reports; and prepares funding applications for state and federal grants and loans.

 

7.

Reviews, drafts, and processes engineering documents, resolutions and ordinances; conducts engineering investigations and studies.

 

8.

Attends or facilitates meetings related to engineering projects.

 

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Performs other duties as required.

 

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Construction design;
  • Engineering theories and principals including specific principles of assigned programs such as air pollution control, wastewater treatment or bridge construction;
  • Federal, state and local laws, standards and regulations governing engineering projects;
  • Related disciplines such as soil analysis and hydrology;
  • Common materials used in engineering projects;
  • Safety precautions; and
  • Customer service techniques
   

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Monitoring and reviewing the work of contractors and architects;
  • Prioritizing, monitoring and supervising engineering projects;
  • Coordinating complex engineering projects;
  • Providing technical advice to professional level staff;
  • Writing contract specifications;
  • Reading and interpreting maps, blueprints, schematics, plans and specifications;
  • Designing engineering projects;
  • Drafting designs and plans;
  • Making complex mathematical calculations;
  • Tracking and monitoring records for projects;
  • Preparing pay estimates;
  • Using computers and related software applications;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Oral and written communication sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Bachelorís degree in Civil Engineering or related field and six years engineering experience including two years in area specialty; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

  • Position may require registration as a Professional Engineer.
  • Valid Washington State Driverís License

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, stooping, reaching, crouching, standing, mobility, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Incumbents may be subject to travel and atmospheric conditions, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting and workspace limitations.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. If the use of arm and or leg controls requires exertion greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson and Associates LLC

Date: 5/98