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Under general direction of a Division Manager or Director, performs and oversees professional field and office civil, structural and transportation engineering work related to the planning, design, construction and maintenance of City projects and programs in the areas of development, traffic operations and safety, capital improvement, stormwater and building structural plan checking, including managing complex engineering projects and programs; providing professional assistance and technical advice to City officials; coordinating projects with contractors, other departments and other agencies; administering professional services and construction contracts; evaluating requests for changes or additional work; directing the work of subordinate professional staff; and performs related work as required.

Class Characteristics:

This is the advanced journey-level in the professional engineering classification series. Incumbents may be assigned to various departments including Engineering Services, Transportation Services or Building and Safety Services. Assignments may include ongoing project or program management and successful performance of the work requires an extensive professional background as well as skills in coordinating work with other city departments, contractors, regulatory bodies and other public agencies. Senior Engineer is distinguished from the next lower level of Associate Engineer in that the Senior Engineer handles the most complex and sensitive work and has full supervisory authority over lower level engineers. It is distinguished from the higher level class of Division Manager in that the latter is assigned as either an Assistant Department Head in charge of a group of major, related operational units or programs in large operational departments or as the manager of professional service with City-wide internal or external impact.

Examples of Key Duties: (Duties are illustrative and not inclusive and may vary with individual assignment.)

  • Monitors and manages the day-to-day operations of a program, project or function, including developing short and long-range goals, objectives and budgets, coordinating activities with other departments and agencies, overseeing records maintenance, monitoring budgets and approving and monitoring expenditures, overseeing reporting requirements, evaluating program or project service delivery and cost effectiveness; ensuring that procedures are being followed and assisting in resolving complex problems which require professional level input.
  • Conducts advanced and complex engineering and related studies, evaluates alternatives, makes recommendations and presents reports to the Division Manager, the Director and/or the City Council.
  • Supervises professional, technical and support staff on a day-to-day or project basis, including determining workloads and schedules, developing, implementing and interpreting policies and procedures, evaluating and training staff and making hiring and termination recommendations.
  • Serves as project manager on complex projects, including defining project scope, selecting consultants, negotiating contracts, amendments and change orders, preparing and monitoring project schedules; monitoring, reviewing and coordinating project design and construction; evaluating contractor’s requests for extra work; enforcing terms of the contract, processing payments and change orders; coordinating projects with businesses, utilities and other city departments; conducting field and construction site inspections, and resolving contract disputes.
  • Prepares and directs the preparation of designs, specifications, plans, estimates and reports for Capital Improvement projects and the development and modification of City infrastructure.
  • Reviews, directs the review of private development plans submitted by developers, landowners and engineers for adequacy of application and conformance to City standards.
  • Prepares a variety of written materials, including staff reports, engineering reports and grant applications for engineering projects; may conduct studies and confer with the public regarding traffic and transportation issues.
  • Serves as the City’s, department’s or program’s representative with a variety of committees, commissions, businesses and community organizations; attends meetings and promotes department and or City activities and objectives; maintains liaison with other regulatory and public and private entities; fosters collaborative relationships to the mutual benefit of the City and these organizations.
  • Confers with and provides information to property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects and the general public regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications and codes; explains codes, requirements and procedures and evaluates alternatives.
  • Performs project development for complex projects such as capital improvement, including finalizing scope of projects, preparing bid summaries, conducting bid openings, preparing project budgets and preparing cost estimates.
  • Monitors and supervises design and construction, including reviewing plans, specifications, estimates and calculations and giving technical advice on corrective action.
  • Prepares engineering documents, including agreements, maps, legal descriptions, resolutions and ordinances.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


Education and Experience:

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in an Engineering curriculum or field related to the area of assignment and five years of professional engineering experience which must have included two years of project management or supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.


At the option of the appointing authority or the City, persons hired into this class may be required to either possess at entry or obtain within specified time limits designated licenses, professional registration, certification or specialized education and training relevant to the area of assignment. Must possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings at various sites within the City and away from the City and to inspect various work, building or construction sites; strength to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 25 pounds, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone and/or radio.

Knowledge of: (at entry)
  • Engineering design theories and principles;
  • Principles and practices of management and supervision;
  • Construction theories and principles;
  • Surveying theories and principles;
  • Budget principles and practices;
  • Principles of program and project development, management and evaluation;
  • Principles of capital improvement cost estimation and contract administration;
  • Applicable laws, regulations, codes, policies and engineering standard practices;
  • Computer applications related to the work, including basic GIS and AutoCad concepts and applications; and
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with government agencies, community groups, various business, professional and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors and the public.
Skill in: (at entry)
  • Monitoring and managing program area activities, goals and objectives, evaluating effectiveness;
  • Developing and reviewing engineering plans and designs for municipal public works projects;
  • Developing and administering contracts for professional services and construction in a public agency setting;
  • Effectively representing the department and the City in meeting with governmental agencies, community groups and various business, professional and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals;
  • Managing multiple tasks, often with competing deadlines;
  • Preparing and reviewing budgets and cost estimates;
  • Writing technical reports and reviewing plans, specifications, estimates and engineering calculations;
  • Supervising and evaluating staff;
  • Training staff and directing their work on a project or day-to-day basis;
  • Communicating effectively with officials, co-workers, subordinates, the general public, representatives of public and private organizations and others sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


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