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Engineer B or Engineer C (Local Flood Risk Reduction Section)

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Engineer B or Engineer C (Local Flood Risk Reduction Section)
Job Requisition Number COA077694
Position Number 107857
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Watershed Engineering
Minimum Qualifications

This position will be filled at one of the following levels:

ENGINEER B:
Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to engineering, plus six (6) years experience in engineering, acquired either before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer. Must be a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas.

ENGINEER C:
Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Engineering or in a field related to the job, plus eight (8) years engineering experience acquired either before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer. Must be a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas.

Notes to Applicants

A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position.

This position is a member of the Watershed Engineering Division (WED), Local Flood Risk Reduction (LFRR) section. Our mission is to protect life, property, and the environment from the effects of flooding. The work of the LFRR section includes the management of consultants and staff to complete projects that will reduce local flood hazards to houses, commercial buildings and roadways due to inadequate storm drain systems. This position is responsible for performing feasibility studies to assess potential solutions to flooding issues, identifying and implementing small scale mitigation solutions, developing stormdrain models, providing technical assistance and conducting reviews of development applications, and assisting other engineering staff with the final design and construction phases of CIP and small projects. This position is also responsible for assisting with efforts to identify and prioritize potential projects and activities for the section.

Essential functions and duties specific to this position:
1. Assistance with the planning, design and construction of small projects and capital improvement projects for flood hazard mitigation. Application of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling systems for primarily storm drain systems, creeks, detention ponds, channel modifications, and levees/floodwalls.
2. Assistance with the preparation of preliminary and long range plans, schedules, cost estimates, budgets, special conditions and agreements. Monitor projects to assure they are completed as designed, on time and within budget.
3. Assistance with identification and prioritization of flood hazard mitigation projects. Assist with and conduct in-house engineering assessments for potential projects. Assist with and conduct evaluations and updates of information related to the City’s Watershed Masterplan.
4. Perform field work (including topographic survey) and site visits for active and prospective project areas.
5. Meet with City engineering, development review and legal staff, consulting engineers, contractors, developers, and private citizens on matters related to drainage, flooding, and flood hazard mitigation. Review of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling systems prepared by others.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION/LICENSE:
This position requires a State of Texas Professional Engineer License or if licensed in another state, must obtain Texas P.E. within 6 months of hire date.

DRIVING REQUIREMENTS:
A valid Texas Driver’s License is required if driving on City business. If selected as the top candidate, your driving record will be evaluated. Job offer is contingent on meeting the City’s Driver Eligibility Standards which includes not exceeding the applicable Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) points or City Driver Points (CDP).

ASSESSMENT:
A skills assessment(s) may be conducted as part of the interview process.

EDUCATION:
Verification of education will be conducted on the top candidate.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to carry/lift/push/pull up to 20 lbs. Ability to climb/sit/stand/bend/stoop/walk/squat/kneel/reach above shoulder level to conduct field work/site visits/creek walks/carrying survey equipment and flood reconnaissance kits in the field.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:
Must be able to navigate in various types of weather conditions and terrains (e.g. performing site visits and creek walks).

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION:
When completing the City of Austin Employment Application:
-Include details on the application of prior or current work history with the City of Austin.
-A resume must be submitted with the employment application, but does not substitute for a complete employment application.
-A detailed and complete employment application will help us better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.
-Include details on the application of any previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications and relevant experience. Provide each job title and employment dates for all jobs on the application. Your work history should include duties you performed. “See Resume” is not acceptable.
-Work history must include the month and year of employment and whether it was full or part-time work.
-Any relevant work history on the resume must be reflected in the employment application.

Pay Range

Commensurate

Hours

40 hours per week, Monday – Friday

May require working outside of normal business hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays as dictated by business needs.

Job Close Date
03/11/2018
Type of Posting External
Department Watershed Protection
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas
Preferred Qualifications

Degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in water resources.

Knowledge and experience of hydrologic and hydraulic analysis including 1D and 2D modeling of primarily storm drain systems and open channels, including experience and proficiency with hydraulic and hydrologic modeling software such as StormCAD, Inforworks, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, etc.

Design experience preferably with storm drains and be able to demonstrate experience in and knowledge of engineering design software such as CivilStorm and AutoCAD.

Working knowledge of the City’s Drainage Criteria Manual.

Possess well-developed oral and written technical communication skills.

Experience in and knowledge of GIS.

Experience performing topographic surveys (using GPS and Total Station equipment).

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Approve, process, and seal plans/specifications/construction documents by applying engineering standardization of practices and principles of complex calculations for applied discipline within the local and state regulatory requirements.

2. Manage engineering that are routine, non-priority projects or programs. These projects require a level of technical proficiency as well as coordinative and administrative responsibility.

3. Identify, evaluate, and provide improvement recommendations with preliminary and final designs and design criteria for assigned program or projects. Provides assistance in the preparation of preliminary and long range plans, schedules, estimates, budgets, detailed final plans, specifications, special conditions and agreements. Provides technical assistance with project progress from design through completion.

4. Develop cost estimates/track expenditures prepare cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports and studies for projects. Prepares and or provides assistance with preliminary contract documents, specifications and plans. Prepares final plans for review of specifications, special conditions and agreements and coordinates and oversees technical work of contractors, affected public agencies and utilities. Writes technical specifications for construction contracts.

5. Review plans and approve permits by applying complex engineering standardization of practices and principles for applied discipline within local and state regulatory requirements.

6. Inspect and monitor projects for legal compliance by reviewing work completed by contractors and ensuring compliance to specifications by completing complex calculations that are used to further provide analysis of preliminary results of a project.

7. Develop, negotiate, and monitor contracts by reviewing and writing contract change orders in the area of technical expertise, may negotiate and recommend financial arrangements for changes to contact.

8. Conduct field inspections of work done by contractors to ensure compliance with plans and specifications. Drafts and recommends approval of contract change orders.

9. Research and perform statistical analysis for validation of reports and publication of results in various communication formats.

10. Develop standard policies, and ordinances for various contracts and/or projects and operating procedures. May provide analysis and recommendation of performance of various personnel assigned by contract or projects.

Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: An employee may lead, provide training or technical guidance or support, and assist in the evaluation of other personnel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of diversified, fundamental scientific and civil engineering concepts, phenomena, and relationships, and utilize such changes in solution of theoretical or practical civil engineering problems.
Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry.
Knowledge of modern methods, materials, and techniques of assigned discipline.
Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: Civil, Environmental, Structural, Architectural, Mechanical and/or Electrical engineering terminology and techniques.
Knowledge of City of Austin purchasing and contract policies and procedures.
Knowledge of applicability of established engineering principles and methods.
Knowledge of phases of the plans review and inspections processes.
Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports.
Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the local and state ordinances and laws.
Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports.
Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution.
Ability to perform more complex engineering computations, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry, rapidly and accurately.
Ability to interpret and explain maps and other related documents.
Ability to interpret and make decisions not within established policies and practices.
Ability to communicate and provide direction to peers and assigned personnel.
Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific civil engineering problems and provide practical, cost effective solutions.
Ability to observe, compares, or monitors objects and data to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.
Ability to use graphic instructions, such as blue prints, schematic drawings, layouts, or other visual aids.
Ability to use a personal computer, engineering applications, and data management software.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position does not require a criminal background investigation
EEO/ADA

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This vacancy will be filled at one of the following levels. The minimum qualifications are: ENGINEER B requires graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a field related to engineering, plus six (6) years experience in engineering, acquired either before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer. ENGINEER C requires graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering or in a field related to the job, plus eight (8) years engineering experience acquired either before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer. Please indicate for which level you are applying for:
    • Engineer B
    • Engineer C
    • None of the above
  2. * In what state(s) are you currently registered as a Professional Engineer?
    • Texas
    • Texas and other states
    • Other states (not Texas)
    • None of the above
  3. * Do you have a Civil Engineering degree with emphasis in Water Resources?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please describe your specific work experience with hydrologic and hydraulic analysis including 1D and 2D modeling of primarily storm drain systems and open channels, including experience and proficiency with hydraulic and hydrologic modeling software such as StormCAD, Infoworks, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, PondPack, etc.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your design experience, preferably with storm drains, and your knowledge and experience of engineering design software such as CivilStorm and AutoCAD.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience with the City's Drainage Criteria Manual.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please describe your skill level and experience with oral and written technical communications.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Please describe your experience with GIS.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Please describe your experience performing topographic surveys using GPS and Total Station equipment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * This position will be required to perform site visits and creek walks. Will you be able to navigate various types of terrains in all types of weather conditions?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Do you have a valid Texas Class C Driver's License or the ability to acquire by hire date?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents