Engineer I (Design and Construction)

City of Carbondale, Illinois
Job Opening Announcement/Job Description
August 25, 2017
Title:   Engineer I (Design and Construction)
Dept./Div:  Public Works / Engineering

Nature of Work: This is a regular, full-time position in the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department responsible for performing a broad variety of engineering, surveying, drafting, design, and computer work.  This position performs work both outdoors and in an office setting.  The Engineer I (Design and Construction) directly responsible to and is supervised and evaluated by the City Engineer and/or the Director of Public Works.

Essential Duties:

1.  Perform duties as survey crew rodman, construction inspector, and resident engineer.

• Effectively communicate and act as field crew chief in the running of lines and grades, gathering of data, measuring of areas and able to upload and download information electronically.
• Effectively and accurately use total stations, optical levels, theodolites, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and other equipment and perform accurate field measurements and record data.
• Perform fieldwork including but not limited to climbing ladders, crossing ditches, climbing embankments, descending into ditches or trenches using proper safety precautions.
• Drive stakes with an 8-pound sledgehammer, carry equipment weighing up to 25 pounds for up to as 5 miles/day.
• Upload information electronically to use in the field with the total station or GPS equipment and download information electronically in the office that was gathered in the field.
• Take precise measurements or locate points by the use of total stations, chains and plumb bobs, GPS equipment, or magnetic locators.
• Accurately take and record field data in to notebooks using pencil and paper in a legible manner and in standard engineering/surveying format.
• Act as a resident engineer for construction projects and assure the satisfactory completion of projects.
• Accurately record and maintain construction job records for a project (written and computer).
• Assist in the review shop drawings and technical data to insure compliance with specifications.
• Perform computations in the office and/or field either manually, with a calculator, or by computer, as available.
• Effectively and accurately use and apply basic mathematic principles.
• Assist in the gathering of data on City utilities, which includes removing and replacing valve box and manhole lids weighing up to 125 pounds with a pick or pry bar.
• Effectively use, maintain and clean field equipment.

2. Perform duties as computer aided draftsperson, engineering designer, and office assistant.

• Effectively use personal computers and software including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD Civil 3D and Infrastructure Design Suite, and Geographical Information System software (ArcGIS).
• Effectively use drafting instruments and equipment and basic mathematics related to engineering work.
• Work as much as four hours or more in front of a computer screen or work at a standard height drafting table or desk.
• Discern colored data from a computer screen and colored detailed lines and drawings.
• Assist other City Departments and/or Divisions with preparation of maps, sketches, charts, and presentations as required.
• Prepare colored maps, charts, and drawings for official presentations.
• Make manual and calculator assisted computations in the office or field.
• Effectively utilize filing system methods and indexing.
• Assist with research and the writing and/or review legal descriptions as necessary for easements, annexations, and right-of-way, for review by the City Engineer or City Land Surveyor.
• Assist with the interpretation of legal descriptions and with preparing plats from a combination of descriptions, sketches, coordinates, and written and verbal instructions for review by the City Engineer or City Land Surveyor.
• Perform civil engineering design and drafting on various public works projects including but not necessarily limited to waterlines, sewer lines, pump stations, treatment works, streets, sidewalks, storm sewers, parking lots and other projects.
• Prepare final drawings/plans, cost estimates and specifications for various City construction jobs for review by the City Engineer.
• Assist with the review of site plans for conformance to City codes and requirements.
• Research property records to determine ownership.
• Assist with the review of Utility Work in Rights – Of – Way and Construction On Public Rights – Of – Way Permits

3.  Communicate effectively both orally, in person, over the telephone and by two-way radio, and in writing.

4.  Use tact and good judgment and utilize strong and effective interpersonal skills in interacting with co-workers, members of the community, agencies, and organizations; work effectively both independently and as a team member.

5.  Safely operate motor vehicles as necessary to perform duties.

6.  Work as much as eight hours or more a day out-of-doors in all weather conditions.

7.  Effectively use, clean and maintain office equipment including but not limited to personal computers, calculators, scanners, fax machines, and copy machines.

Other Duties: Perform other duties as necessary to accomplish the mission, goals and objectives of the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department of the City of Carbondale.

Work Environment: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors exposing the employee to extreme heat/cold weather and working around moving vehicles.  Protective equipment which may be worn includes hard hats, safety vests, safety glasses, gloves, earplugs, and the like.

Physical Demands: Office work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, bending, lifting of objects under 25 pounds, and requires the ability to sit for extended period of time, to operate personal computers, and to perceive and/or discriminate colors, sounds, depth, and texture.  Work outdoors requires frequent to continuous walking, at times over uneven or rough surface; standing; frequent bending; occasionally lifting and carrying moderately heavy objects between 15-49 pounds and occasionally heavy objects 50 pounds or over.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications: Graduate from a ABET accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.  Must have passed the “Fundamentals of Engineering” (FE) examination and be a registered “Engineer-in-Training” with the State of Illinois within 6 months of employment.  Applicants must possess or obtain and maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required.  Experience with survey equipment, including total stations and optical levels is preferred.  Experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS, and similar programs is preferred.  Must possess or obtain and maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license; must pass pre-employment drug screening test and a pre-employment background check.  Applicants with less than minimum required experience may be considered for an alternate position.

Residency Boundary Requirement (As a condition of employment with the City of Carbondale, employees are required to maintain their primary residence within the City’s “9 mile boundary”; new employees have a grace period of six (6) months to fulfill this requirement)

Regular, Full-time Position, Overtime Eligible (some mandatory overtime work required)

Salary Range 5:  (currently $18.86/hour to $26.83/hour); Starting Salary $21.55/hour ($45,000 annually)

Submit completed City of Carbondale Application for Employment and resume to the Human Resources Office, 200 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois 62901.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Application and full job description may be obtained at City Hall or printed from the City’s website at The City of Carbondale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tara Brown
Human Resources Manager

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