Senior Civil Engineer

City of Kalamazoo Public Services Department
Kalamazoo, Michigan
$54,000.00 - $77,000.00 Annual
Jul 14, 2021
Aug 14, 2021
Position Type
Contract Type
Organization Type

Description/Distinguishing Features

Incumbents are responsible for performing a variety of professional engineering support activities.  Duties include:  monitoring the work of technical employees and work crews; organizing capital improvement projects; supervising environmental projects for the City; preparing professional engineering drawings and specifications for various assignments and projects; investigating, answering, and addressing customer questions, comments, concerns, and complaints;  serving as a liaison to engineering personnel, administrative officials, and committees; performing inspections and contract administration; and performing right-of-way and easement acquisitions according to federal requirements.

Examples of Duties

  • Monitors technical employees and work crews to include: assigning and prioritizing duties and tasks; making hiring recommendations; providing direction and disciplinary action; and, conducting training; 
  • Organizes road, bridge, culvert and/or sidewalk capital improvement projects to include: identifying needed additions and modifications; developing budgets; preparing bid specifications; selecting contractors; establishing, reviewing, and approving design criteria; providing guidance; reviewing construction plans; performing inspection and contract administration; and, recommending safety or capacity improvements.
  • Supervises environmental projects for the City to include: participating in the development of action plans; arranging sampling; reviewing technical materials; overseeing outside contractors; and, communicating with City and environmental employees and consultants; 
  • Serves as a liaison to engineering personnel, administrative officials, and committees by: attending meetings; taking and preparing minutes; providing analyses, recommendations, and design for projects in area of assignment; advising and coordinating activities; facilitating resolution of concerns; and, informing City Manager's Office of issues; 
  • Performs right-of-way and easement acquisitions according to federal requirements which includes determining fair market values, reviewing evaluation criteria, preparing legal documents, negotiating purchase and acquisition, and recording documents; 
  • Investigates and addresses customer questions, concerns, and complaints in area of assignment by gathering data, identifying possible solutions, and making appropriate recommendations.
  • Prepares professional engineering drawings and specifications for various assignments and projects by reviewing data, performing surveys, and determining method of cost estimate and 
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature.

Essential Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Engineering practices, methods, and fundamentals; 
  • Hydraulic and hydrology principles; 
  • Sanitary and Storm sewer systems; 
  • Public administration; 
  • Management supervision; 
  • Architectural design; 
  • Physics;
  • Safety precautions; 
  • Roadway treatment and maintenance; 
  • City of Kalamazoo ordinances and specifications; 
  • AASHTO and FHWA design guides and manuals 
  • Construction practices and principles; 
  • Project management techniques; 
  • Testing methods;
  • City, State, and Federal policy and procedures.

 Skill in:

  • Using computers and related software applications; 
  • Using required equipment; 
  • Speaking publicly; 
  • Estimating and budgeting for project costs; 
  • Supervising employees and contractors; 
  • Preparing and analyzing construction projects; 
  • Evaluating employees; 
  • Designing projects; 
  • Writing specifications; 
  • Preparing and interpreting technical engineering drawings; 
  • Writing reports; 
  • Managing projects; 
  • Surveying data; 
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Acceptable Training and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or field related to area of assignment and two years of engineering or related experience; 
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. 
  • Must be able to work in the United States without organizational sponsorship, both now and in the future.


Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

  • Valid Michigan Driver's License 
  • PE preferred EIT required