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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5132 - Civil Engineer

Job Description

GRADE: 311

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in professional civil engineering work in the field and office; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class perform work in the application of professional engineering principles and practices to the design and construction of public works projects. Work is performed under the general supervision of higher level civil engineers and is reviewed for conformance with departmental rules and regulations. Assignments usually afford incumbents opportunity for use of independent judgment. Supervision may be exercised over technical and clerical employees.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Prepares a variety of scaled, detailed drawings and designs from sketches, computations, field notes and survey
• Prepares simple to moderately complex drawings and plans for a variety of construction projects such as intersections, highways, sewers, bridges, sidewalks and trails
• Conducts preliminary field studies and prepares designs
• Performs surveys, plots topography, grades and cross-sections from field survey notes
• Reviews roadway grading and drainage plans for conformity to County standards
• Works as a Resident Engineer on assigned projects which includes supervising the work of contractors to ensure that projects are constructed to the standards and specifications per the contract plans
• Makes field inspections on work in progress and completed projects
• Investigates citizen complaints related to engineering problems and recommends solutions
• Coordinates proposed improvements with the state and local agencies and other County departments
• Advises and answers technical questions
• Prepares special and periodic reports
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• The theory and application of engineering design, construction and surveying
• The operation, care and adjustment of instruments and equipment related to engineering and surveying work.
• Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• The care and use of surveying instruments and computer aided design
• Planning projects and preparing designs, estimates and specifications
• Performing complex computations and in making recommendations for the solution of engineering problems
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field from an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) approved program; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment. Incumbents may be subjected to dusts, fumes, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, and intense noises.

This position requires a Valid Driver's License issued by the State of Illinois.