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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5133 - Senior Civil Engineer

Job Description

GRADE: 312 

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

Employees in this class perform work in the application of professional civil engineering principles and practices to a variety of engineering functions.  Duties may involve planning and supervising the activities of subordinate professional, technical and clerical personnel.  Assignments are usually broad in scope with opportunity for the use of professional judgment.

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.

• Plans and assigns work, gives instructions and provides guidance on engineering problems in connection with standards and designs involved in maintaining and constructing County streets, sewers, drainage facilities and related structures
• Directs the work of professional and technical employees engaged in the preparation of designs, plans, estimates and preliminary reports for County construction and improvement projects
• Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of plans and contracts
• Supervises and participates in field inspection of construction sites to ensure compliance with County contracts
• Prepares reports and makes estimates in connection with assigned engineering projects
• Advises private builders, subdivision developers and others regarding street and drainage plans and developments
• Organizes, conducts and/or directs the collection of data for the annual traffic survey program
• Supervises the traffic signing system for the County's highways
• Directs the installation and maintenance of all traffic signs
• Prepares and maintains County traffic accident file system
• Provides resident engineering duties and oversees work done by consultants for various projects
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• 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

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 application of civil engineering principles to the design, construction and survey of County streets, drains, sewers, and related facilities and structures
• Drafting and mapping principles and techniques
• Surveying methods
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Understanding and interpreting engineering plans, maps and specifications
• The application of engineering theory to complex field and office problems
• Preparing complex engineering designs, details, estimates, plans and specifications
• 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
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others

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
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Acts as a lead worker in directing activities of subordinate staff to complete assigned jobs.  Provides occasional input on promotions, hiring, discipline and direction of employees.

Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field from an accredited university, and two (2) years of professional civil engineering experience; 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.