Project Engineer

Oak Harbor, Washington State
$83,904 - $111,612 annually, plus excellent benefit package
Oct 06, 2021
Nov 05, 2021
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Open until filled, apply early, applicants will be reviewed as they come in 

Love where you work and live! 

The City of Oak Harbor is seeking a talented professional engineer to join our team in our unique community. This is a great opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Washington State that takes pride in it's history and quality of life! If you're looking to take the next step in your career we'd love to hear from you!   

The staff of the City of Oak Harbor is committed to delivering the highest possible level of service to its citizens, improving economic opportunities, quality of life and fostering community partnerships. 

The Engineering Division is committed to the health, safety, and welfare of the City's citizens by providing engineering analysis of plans and specifications for the construction of capital improvements and private developments.

The Division is responsible for overseeing the construction of public infrastructure such as streets, sewer mains, and water mains to assure the adherence to standards set forth in the City of Oak Harbor Municipal Code and that current engineering practices are utilized. 

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 Essential Job Functions:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. Perform a variety of highly skilled duties such as, assembling, coordinating, and participating in a multidisciplinary technical development review team.
  2. Participate in the initial planning of proposed projects; conducts studies and coordinates surveys for design and construction; collects, gathers and interprets engineering data for more complex engineering projects.  
  3. Review and analyze project scope and impact, respond to inquiries or provides information on projects to other technical staff, department managers, and the general public.
  4. Prepare or oversee the design of projects, preparation and review of plans, specifications, contract documents, cost and quantity estimates (budgets), building and special maintenance projects.
  5. Manage all aspects of complex projects from inception to conclusion including consultant design or in-house design projects, design conceptual phase, preliminary and final design, construction phase, and project close-out.  
  6. Perform project design and engineering activities, maintain records of contracts and projects in progress, and recommend final acceptance of projects.
  7. Negotiate and administer consultant contracts. Ensure contractor compliance, recommend, and approve materials and schedules, resolve problems, initiate, negotiate and approve change orders, recommend pay estimates, provide quality control, recommend award of contracts, monitor contractor progress.
  8. Provide highly skilled technical and management assistance, advice, and feedback to department and management level personnel.  
  9. Facilitate and troubleshoot problems associated with developing complex systems or with coordinating development and design projects.
  10. Coordinate assigned projects and activities with other divisions and City departments, regulating agencies, and utility companies including significant contact with private consultants, engineers, developers, the public, and Federal, State and County agencies as well as representatives of NAS Whidbey.  
  11. Coordinate and participate in pre-bid, pre-construction, technical, and design meetings with all parties.  Ensure plans are consistent with City, State, and Federal codes and in compliance with Council conditions.
  12. Assist in researching funding sources such as grants, loans, and federal appropriations for municipal projects. Coordinate funding resources and inspection schedules. Administer federal and state grant funds for assigned projects, act as liaison with grant-funding agencies, and ensure projects comply with grant conditions.
  13. Participate in the Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (IRTPO) Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) as assigned by the City Engineer.
  14. Respond to inquiries, complaints, or requests for information regarding area of assignment from other departments, agencies, and the general public; provides information and resolves concerns regarding City engineering requirements and processes within scope of knowledge and authority.
  15. Establish, coordinate, and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and officials, employees, contractors, developers, other professionals, intergovernmental agencies and the general public; respond in a courteous and helpful manner sometimes in stressful situations.
  16. Meet with citizens, developers, consultants, and contractors to discuss projects or proposals and explain/negotiate needed changes. Review proposals with City staff.  Make public presentations. Recommend contract awards and other actions to the City Council.
  17. Attend City Council and other meetings, as required, act as a division and City representative and serve on boards as assigned. Chairs various project review and pre-submittal meetings.
  18. Assist with agencies, other cities, and act as a representative and serve on boards, committees and commissions as assigned by the City Engineer.

Associated Job Functions:

  1. Attend various continuing education meetings, seminars and conferences.
  2. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned including work in other functional areas or special projects.

Performance Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Extensive knowledge of modern civil engineering principles and practices used in the design, construction, and inspection requirements and methods, preferably specific to public works projects.  
  • Knowledge of engineering and land surveying.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal regulations governing public works projects.
  • Knowledge of project planning, budgeting, contract administration, and project management techniques.
  • Knowledge and skills to perform substantial analysis and interpretation; and ability to make sound judgments.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to effectively speak and present in public, facilitate and negotiate complex information to officials, agencies, staff and the community.
  • Skill in business writing with proficiency in spelling, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and mathematics.
  • Ability to compose complex documents and the ability to research, organize and compile data into meaningful reports.
  • Ability to make sound decisions and to convey decisions to other professionals, developers, and citizens, using discretion and tact.
  • Ability to utilize a computer and associated City, engineering and specialized software, including CAD.
  • Ability to utilize equipment such as methane gas detector, four-wheel drive vehicles, and surveying instruments.

Supervisory Responsibility
No direct supervisory responsibilities though management of projects includes directing project related activities of the project team members. This position may assume position of City Engineer in City Engineer’s absence.



 Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or related field. 
  • Minimum four (4) years of experience in a broad range of professional engineering responsibilities including infrastructure planning, funding, design, construction, and testing.
  • Current Professional Engineer (P.E.) license in the State of Washington or must be able to obtain a State of Washington P.E. through reciprocity within six (6) months of hire.
  • Three (3) years of experience in successfully delivering federally funded projects, including design work for capital improvements, stormwater civil engineering, low impact development, and construction inspection.
  • Engineering experience in the public sector or local municipal government preferred.
  • National Local Technical Assistance Program (NLTAP) training and experience, preferably with a local public agency, such as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). 
  • APWA Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM), Low Impact Development (LID) Certificate, or Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) preferred. 
  • May be required to obtain applicable and relevant certification(s) within one (1) year of hire.
  • Must pass pre-employment background check and have a good driving record with a valid driver’s license. 

 An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job functions may be considered.


 Working Environment & Physical Demands: The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed indoors in an office environment and in the field at construction sites in all types of weather conditions. Must have normal hearing, visual acuity and manual dexterity and be able to stand, walk, bend and stoop, and move items in excess of 50 pounds. Fieldwork exposes incumbents to the hazards of machinery and equipment used in the construction of public works projects. Work requires occasional attendance at evening meetings.


To help us understand why you would be the best fit for this position, please provide:

  • Cover letter and resume. 
  • Past 5-10 years of work history with a description of your duties on the application, please do not say "see resume". 
  • Any additional information to assist with considering you for the position. 
  • Three (3) professional references, including one reference from a supervisor.