Principal Engineer

City of Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa
$76,012 - $123,519
Closing date
Feb 11, 2023

Principal Engineer

City of Cedar Falls, Iowa

Salary:  $76,012 - $123,519

Located in Black Hawk County, Iowa, Cedar Falls is home to the University of Northern Iowa, one of Iowa’s three state universities, and is a close-knit community with big city appeal. Residents and visitors enjoy exploring the historic Downtown District which features unique local shops, breweries, restaurants, and entertainment. With events for all ages, including the Sturgis Falls summer celebration, Holiday Hoopla, College Hill Arts Festival, and much more, there is always something for everyone. Located next to the Cedar River, Cedar Falls offers an abundance of recreational opportunities.

The City of Cedar Falls Public Works Department’s Engineering Division is overseen by the City Engineer who reports to the Director of Public Works. The Engineering Division currently has an approved budgeted staff of 13 employees, not including the department director. The total annual budget is approximately $1.75 million. Engineering services include, but are not limited to, pavement management program, residential subdivisions, inspections of all right-of-way work, liaison with private consultants hired to design highway/bridge projects, storm water detention design and review, sanitary sewer design, project management, and public inquiries.

Under the direction of the City Engineer, the Principal Engineer exercises direct supervision over positions such as Civil Engineer I, Civil Engineer II, Engineering Technician I, Engineering Technician II, and Civil CAD Technician. The Principal Engineer will perform highly complex professional civil engineering work, including designing various projects, preparing cost estimates, drafting specifications and collecting site data. The Principal Engineer will supervise the design and construction of public infrastructure projects, review and approve consultant design plans for new city subdivisions and provide highly complex staff support to the City Engineer.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental engineering or a related field. Four (4) years of professional civil engineering experience and a Professional Engineering license issued by the State of Iowa, OR, six (6) years of professional civil engineering experience without a Professional Engineering license issued by the State of Iowa, and the ability to obtain an Iowa Professional Engineering license within six months of hire.

For a complete position profile, full job description, and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Cedar Falls is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: February 12, 2023 (open until filled).

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