Design Engineer for Tunnel Structural


Full-time$66,000 - $95,000 a year
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing high quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP delivers more than 1.1 billion gallons per day of the highest quality drinking water to 8.5 million NYC residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and has a wastewater conveyance and treatment system capable of processing over 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day to protect the environment and the city’s surrounding waterways.

The Bureau of Engineering Design & Construction (BEDC) currently has $10B of active construction contracts and another $15B of planning and design contracts under the responsibility and management of the bureau. The projects BEDC implement allow DEP as a whole to continue to operate and maintain an exemplary water supply system.

BEDC’s In-House Design (IHD) Directorate consists of eight engineering sections corresponding to the respective engineering functions they perform. This includes the Architectural, Site Civil, Structural, Process Mechanical/HVAC, Water Tunnel Structural, Water Tunnel Mechanical Systems, CAD, and Electrical sections plus two additional non-engineering sections, Quality Assurance and Quality Assurance Lab. Each engineering section prepares design and construction documents including engineering plans and specifications for the construction of water supply, sewer and wastewater treatment infrastructure, which are of the highest priority for the Agency. Part of the Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction’s (BEDC) In-House Design (IHD) Division, the Tunnel Structural Design (TSD) Section is responsible for the design of some of the NYC DEP’s largest “clean water” capital projects including the Water for the Future program.

The NYC DEP is the only public agency in the United States that maintains internal expertise in the design and construction of deep rock tunnels. The TSD Section helps maintain the DEP’s proud century-old legacy of designing and managing the construction of all of New York City’s water supply tunnel infrastructure. Tapping into decades of internal experience and utilizing modern design techniques like finite element modeling (FEM) and analysis, the TSD Section is tasked with creating biddable structural design documents including calculations, drawings, and specifications. Projects include water tunnels and shafts, distribution chambers, and other subsurface and surface structures related to the City’s water delivery systems. TSD also provides design services during construction (DSDC) and advices and assists other IHD sections with their structural engineering design needs. TSD regularly coordinates with BEDC’s other sections, DEP’s operating bureaus, and the DEP’s outside engineering consultants as well.

The Bureau of Engineering Design & Construction (BEDC) seeks to hire a Civil Engineer Level I for the In-House Design (IHD) Directorate, located in Queens, NY. Under the general supervision of the Section Manager or a Design Lead, the selected candidate will perform responsible supervisory work, or difficult and responsible work, in structural engineering, such as the following:

  • Serves as the design engineer in charge of a major design section, major field engineering section, or the equivalent.
  • Plans, assigns and reviews the work of subordinates, prepares progress reports, and may represent an agency in relations with City agencies, contractors and their representatives, damage claimants and their representatives, consultants, and the general public.
  • Engages in, or supervises the conduct of complex and important research, investigations, studies or examinations related to the engineering functions or activities of the Agency.
  • Prepares, or supervises the preparation of, the basic design plan, or significant or complex portions of the basic design plan, for major projects for the construction, remodeling, operation, maintenance or repair of public works, structures or installations.
  • Makes interpretative detail sketches or layouts of intricate or fundamental portions or aspects of the basic design plan as proposed or adopted, and prepares maps, designs, plans, contract and working drawings, contract specifications, and other technical specifications.
  • Supervises the conduct of field survey and construction inspection operations to secure compliance with contract and other specifications, or the inspection of the construction, demolition or alteration of structures, to secure compliance with building codes, zoning resolutions and other pertinent statutes, rules and regulations.
  • Prepares reports on contracts and contract estimates, contract modifications and recommendations of award.
  • Participates in the development of proposals of major engineering projects with regard to the acquisition, disposition, or the public or private use of City property, or the conduct of surveys, or the construction, operation or maintenance of public works, plants or structures.
  • Participates in engineering investigations of claims for direct or indirect damages.
  • Supervises the inspection or testing in a laboratory, manufacturer's plant, or on a job site, of equipment and materials to be incorporated in public works, plants or structures.
  • Supervises the operation and maintenance of public works and the preparation of recommendations for alterations or repairs.
  • When assigned in writing, such as when serving as a Design Lead, may sign and seal engineering and other official documents.
  • This position will require travel to job sites to perform site investigations and attend site meetings during design and construction phases of projects, as required.
**** Only those who are permanent or have already taken the DCAS Civil Service Exam for Civil Engineer (Exam No. 9045 or Promotional Exam No. 9522) may apply for this posting ****
Minimum Qual Requirements
(1) Four (4) years of full-time, satisfactory experience in civil engineering work; and
(2) A valid New York State Professional Engineer’s License. Current New York State registration as a Professional Engineer must be maintained for the duration of your employment.

A masters degree in civil engineering from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may be substituted for one year of the civil engineering experience required in “1" above.

Special Note:
In addition to above qualification requirements, to be eligible for placement in Assignment Levels II and III, individuals must have at least one year within the last three years of experience as a major contributor or a project leader on a complex project requiring additional and specific expertise in the disciplines needed to design or construct the project.
Preferred Skills
1. Experience in the planning, layout, and details of contract drawings, specifications, shop drawing review, and field inspections and investigations.

2. Experience in shafts and tunnel design.

3. Experience in the application of code requirements and preparation of technical reports, submitting formal design calculations, related design software applications.

4. Excellent communication and leadership skills.

5. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, etc.).

6. Experience drafting in AutoCAD and designing using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) programs such as, but not limited to, STAAD Pro.

7. Experience with design programs STAAD Pro (Bentley), RAM Elements (Bentley), SAFE (CSI), or Phase2/RS2 (RocScience).

8. A Motor Vehicle Driver’s License valid in the state of New York may be required for some assignments.

9. Four years of full time experience in Structural Design, with extensive focus on reinforced concrete and steel structures.
Additional Information
**** Only those who are permanent or have already taken the DCAS Civil Service Exam for Civil Engineer (Exam No. 9045 or Promotional Exam No. 9522) may apply for this posting ****

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This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program and also meet the education and experience requirements as listed in the job posting notice. Please indicate on your resume or cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.

This position is also open to non 55-a Program candidates serving in the permanent incumbent (civil service) title as indicated in the job posting notice under Civil Service Title.

We appreciate your interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

All appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.
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Residency Requirement
New York City Residency is not required for this position