Civil Engineer - Journey Level

City of Puyallup - Puyallup, WA (30+ days ago)4.7


The priority application date is June 13, 2018, and the posting may close upon receipt of a qualified pool.

General Job Duties:
This position will provide professional and administrative work in the Stormwater section of the Office of the City Engineer. Employees in this classification are responsible for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and evaluating the work of their respective division. Careful attention to detail is required to ensure that projects are completed on time and that work meets professional engineering standards and federal/state requirements. Frequent and considerable contact is maintained with engineering consultants, contractors, state and federal agency representatives, Council members, division personnel and the public. Work is performed primarily in an office setting with occasional visits to constructions sites in the field.

About Our City:
The City of Puyallup is situated at the foot of scenic Mount Rainier in the beautiful Puget Sound region, 10 miles east of Tacoma and approximately 35 miles south of Seattle. The city has gained prominence as a regional commercial and service center for Eastern Pierce County, and continues to serve its residents and neighbors with a strong, diversified economy.

Essential Functions
  • Supervise and participate in the analysis of comprehensive engineering studies concerning short and long range needs of the City and other facilities.
  • Direct the preparation and review of public works plans, specifications and contracts for various construction projects.
  • Responsible for the administration of construction projects.
  • Direct preparation and administer projects and other capital plans, specifications and contracts for various construction projects related to stormwater.
  • Review and recommend to the designated supervisor, the approval of plans and specifications for public or private development of public facilities.
  • Coordinate and oversee engineering support and projects performed by other City departments.
  • Participate in the development and administration of the annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Monitor and approve expenditures, and implement adjustments.
  • Assist the designated supervisor in coordinating the activities of other divisions of the department when these functions require technical assistance.
  • Operate computers utilizing a variety of software programs, including database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications, to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance to worksite and various project sites.
  • Attend public meetings to receive and provide information.
  • Safely operate city vehicles to work sites and meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • The principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to municipal public works projects.
  • The principles and practices of public works project administration.
  • Modern methods and techniques used in the design, construction and inspection of public works projects.
  • Laws, regulatory codes and professional standards applicable to design and construction of public works projects.
  • Department of Ecology Stormwater Management Manual guidelines and established engineering techniques of hydraulic analysis.
Ability to:
  • Plan, implement successfully and evaluate effectively division policies and procedures.
  • Supervise efficiently the design and construction inspection of complex public works projects.
  • Perform successfully and according to professional standards, civil engineering work of a municipal nature.
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Utilize computers, databases and related software and automated equipment to produce worksheets and reports.
  • Gather and analyze data and develop clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Present technical material in a clear and concise manner to various groups.
  • Create and meet schedules, time lines and work independently with little direction.
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Employ computer assisted design technology and to design public works projects as assigned.
  • Work on multiple, concurrent tasks, with frequent interruptions.
  • Effectively work in a team environment, contribute openly, respectfully disagree, understand the ideas of others, listen well and work for consensus.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of work.
  • Maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in civil engineering and two years related experience; or a combination of education, experience, and training that indicates the ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position listed above.

  • Possession of registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.
  • Possession of or the ability to obtain, and maintain throughout employment, a valid Washington State driver's license.
Job posting corrected 6/7/18 to reflect the PE requirement.

Physical Characteristics and Work Environment

Working conditions for positions in this classification vary depending on department and division or section assignment. Work is performed primarily indoors in an engineering office environment, with work occasional outdoors for field site visits. Incumbents communicate verbally with others, both face to face and using the telephone, in order to respond to inquiries and complaints from customers and when conducting project-related public education activities. Incumbents are required to read and interpret construction drawings, maps and/or blueprints; to sit or stand for extended periods of time with the ability to move about at will; and to review and/or check the work products of others when preparing, reviewing, checking and interpreting plans and/or construction drawings. Incumbents frequently use a computer keyboard, which requires repetitive arm/hand movement, to prepare written materials such as construction specifications, engineering reports, email messages, City Council packages and other correspondence, and when performing design functions. Incumbents communicate verbally in a group setting while conducting project-related public meetings, including evening meetings. During field inspections, incumbents walk over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces and to work in traffic, hear and respond to vehicle backup alarms; observe objects or people to monitor compliance with safety standards, such as when checking trench shoring and use of vests and hard hats; and work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements. Incumbents are required to discriminate among colors when preparing and/or reading maps with colors as the legend, and when reviewing computer-generated drawings; and to climb ladders or steps, use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body, and coordinate movement of more than one limb simultaneously when conducting field site visits.

Those applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the City's current needs will be contacted for interviews and/or testing. The appointing authority may conduct second interviews.
Notification – Following submission of application, an email acknowledgment receipt of application is given. Persons selected for an interview and/or testing will be notified by email, normally within 15 working days following the closing date on the job announcement.
Not Selected – No formal notification is usually sent by the City to applicants not selected for an interview or test. Should the same or another position open for which the applicant wishes to apply, he/she must apply online for each new opening.

Essential Functions – The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge, skills and abilities typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or to balance the workload.
Hours of Work – Normal work hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with one (1) hour lunch. Some after-hours meetings may be required.
Union Affiliation – This position is a non-represented position.
Equal Employment Opportunity – The City of Puyallup is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate in any employer/employee relations based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, veteran's status or any other basis protected by applicable discrimination laws.
Background - The City of Puyallup will need to obtain the proper background and criminal history information pursuant to RCW 43.43.830/832 for positions where the employee will or may have unsupervised access to children, developmentally delayed persons or vulnerable adults.
Disability – In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability will be considered only in the context of an applicant's ability to perform essential functions of the job and to determine reasonable accommodation. Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request with reasonable notice. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information. The physical demands described in this job announcement are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Identification – Applicants who are offered employment with the City are required to provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States within three days of date of hire, as required by the 1986 Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. A list of acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization to work will be provided to those who are offered employment.
Drug-Free Workplace –The City of Puyallup is a drug-free, tobacco-free workplace.
Note – The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.