Assistant City Engineer

General Statement of Duties/Distinguished Features of the Class

Hiring range is negotiable between $65,857 and $84,956 depending on a candidate's qualifications and experience.

Performs difficult technical and professional engineering design, plans review and project management work for the City. Performs responsible work in transportation engineering related to the Computerized Traffic Signal System.



Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class is responsible for tasks associated with the successful operation of computerized signal systems and traffic engineering functions of the Traffic Signal Division. Supervises staff providing semi-skilled to skilled installation, maintenance, and repair duties for City’s traffic control systems. Work involves assisting the City Engineer in directing plan review, site inspection, project design and construction-industry related functions to assure quality construction projects for the City. Work involves assisting the City Engineer in supervising departmental technical and professional staff; participating in the design, construction management and inspection of public works and utilities projects; assisting the City Engineer in supervising and participating in the preparation of design criteria, analysis, specifications, plans, rights of way maps, investigations, cost estimates, tabulation of contract bits; reviewing contract payment requests; assuring preparation of reports and engineering records. Work also includes assisting the City Engineer in department administration functions such as budget planning and administration, and coordination with the construction industry and other City departments and divisions. Work may subject the employee to environmental conditions including working in both inside and outside environments, extreme temperatures, and construction noise and hazards. Makes decisions and leads department in the absence of the City Engineer; Work is performed under the general supervision of the City Engineer and is evaluated through conferences and review of records for quality of overall construction in the City, relationship with development community, and for acceptance of the general community.
Performs difficult technical and professional engineering design, plans review and project management work for the City. Performs responsible work in transportation engineering related to the Computerized Traffic Signal System.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class is responsible for tasks associated with the successful operation of computerized signal systems and traffic engineering functions of the Traffic Signal Division. Supervises staff providing semi-skilled to skilled installation, maintenance, and repair duties for City’s traffic control systems. Work involves assisting the City Engineer in directing plan review, site inspection, project design and construction-industry related functions to assure quality construction projects for the City. Work involves assisting the City Engineer in supervising departmental technical and professional staff; participating in the design, construction management and inspection of public works and utilities projects; assisting the City Engineer in supervising and participating in the preparation of design criteria, analysis, specifications, plans, rights of way maps, investigations, cost estimates, tabulation of contract bits; reviewing contract payment requests; assuring preparation of reports and engineering records. Work also includes assisting the City Engineer in department administration functions such as budget planning and administration, and coordination with the construction industry and other City departments and divisions. Work may subject the employee to environmental conditions including working in both inside and outside environments, extreme temperatures, and construction noise and hazards. Makes decisions and leads department in the absence of the City Engineer; Work is performed under the general supervision of the City Engineer and is evaluated through conferences and review of records for quality of overall construction in the City, relationship with development community, and for acceptance of the general community.
Essential Duties and Tasks
  • Operate and optimize computerized signal system through signal timing, central software programming/maintenance/operation, signal plan development/revisions, congestion management, system integration (flashers, preemption, etc.).
  • Plans and performs work related to NCDOT Maintenance Agreement, Schedule “D”; operate system according to standards as set forth by Schedule “D.”
  • Advises, assists, and confers with contractors, City and State officials, engineers, and utility companies to coordinate construction activities involving traffic signal installation.
  • Manage and/or work on various transportation projects related to signal system (emergency vehicle preemption, video catalog of traffic control devices, school flasher integration, etc.).
  • Assists the City Engineer in planning, organizing, and directing the work of the department to provide timely, thorough and effective response to construction within the City.
  • Assists the City Engineer in planning, administering and evaluating engineering projects; conducting needs assessments; developing milestones; determining service efficiency improvements; and establishing a vision of excellence of service and quality and communicates to staff.
  • Prepares construction plans and specifications for various public works and public utility projects.
  • Assists the City Engineer in managing and participating in the review of plans and specifications for infrastructure and project soundness and integrity.
  • Assists the City Engineer in supervising and participating in the preparation of design criteria, analysis, specifications, plans, rights of way maps, investigations, cost estimates, tabulation of contract bids; authorizes contract payments; establishes schedules for work.
  • Assists the City Engineer in overseeing and participating in capital improvements engineering design of infrastructure for the City; coordinating design needs with other departments, other related staff, and citizen user needs; insures designs meet long term quality and functionality as well as regulatory requirements; updates and applies City engineering standards to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Makes field visits to observe and collaborate with staff, meet construction industry officials, observe construction quality and community impact.
  • Assists the City Engineer in overseeing the review and approval of subdivision and site work by private parties.
  • Reviews payment requests from contractors and acceptance of city improvements.
  • Makes presentations to the City Council, development community and general public.
  • Assists the City Engineeer in developing special projects, strategies, designs or other activities to support City and departmental management; researches issues, prepares reports; advises management, construction industry, elected officials and others on related matters.
  • Assists the City Engineer in supervising the effectiveness of customer services in the department.
  • Assists the City Engineer in supervising the department; hiring, training, developing, providing performance coaching and evaluation to create a skilled and motivated staff; administering budget, and authorizing purchases.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Administers the installation, operation, and management of all traffic control devices including the City's computerized traffic signal system; prepares, implements, inspects, evaluates, and modifies traffic signal timing plans and progression programs.
  • Performs various traffic engineering studies and surveys; collects and analyzes traffic data; performs field investigations and recommends solutions in response to citizens' requests regarding traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings; supervises work of signal shop.
  • Directs the operations and maintenance of traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
  • Receives and answers requests for assistance, complaints, and inquiries from the public regarding traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
  • Provides information regarding the traffic impacts of proposed roads and developments; Assists in administrating the City's traffic control and residential parking programs; reviews traffic accidents.
  • Prepares specifications, solicits bids, and administers contracts for the purchase, installation and construction of traffic control equipment, materials and improvement projects; prepares purchase order requisitions.
  • Coordinates the review and approval of Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) required of developers.
  • Serves as expert witness in court involving traffic signal system.
  • Assists City Engineer in developing the annual operating budget and multi-year capital improvements plan for the Traffic/Transportation Engineering Program.
  • Assists City Engineer with the planning, design, inspection and construction of traffic and transportation improvements.
  • Thorough knowledge of engineering principles and practices related to design and construction of infrastructure.
  • Thorough knowledge of related laws, ordinances, codes and regulations affecting utility, public works, and building construction by the City or by contractors.
  • Considerable knowledge of effective supervisory practices related to communication, motivation, workflow, performance coaching and evaluation.
  • Considerable knowledge of municipal personnel, budgeting, and purchasing policies and practices.
  • Ability to read and interpret laws, codes, ordinances, plans, specifications, and blueprints and to compare and interpret them with various aspects of construction in progress.
  • Ability to resolve conflict in a way that protects working relationships and creates commitment to follow resolution strategy in those affected.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with public officials, engineers, contractors, developers, construction workers, the general public and other employees.
  • Ability to read and prepare complex records and reports.
  • Working knowledge of AUTOCAD and PC-based programs, including MS Office, GIS, PowerPoint, and related software.
  • Excellent oral and communication skills, including public presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of ITS concepts, data communications and computerized traffic signal systems equipment.
Physical Requirements/Special Requirements

The work requires non-strenuous physical exertion such as periods of standing; walking over rough or difficult surfaces; recurring stooping, climbing or walking; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items weighing less than 25 pounds and may require occasional lifting of objects weighing in excess of 25 pounds. The work may require specific, but common physical characteristics and abilities such as mobility, dexterity and full range of motion. The work involves occasional moderate risks or discomforts, which require special safety precautions, e.g. working around moving parts or machines, irritating chemicals, etc. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or equipment such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shield.

Education and Experience
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering and at least 10 years of experience in professional civil engineering work.

Special Requirements
Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license.
Registration as Professional Engineer in North Carolina or the ability to obtain within 12 months, if registered in another state.