Under direction, leads, oversees, reviews, and performs professional and technical engineering work in the design, investigation, project management, and construction of streets, storm drainage facilities, parks, buildings, and other projects; administers engineering consultant and construction contracts; ensures safe work practices, work quality and accuracy; maintains appropriate work records; serves as a technical resource for assigned work staff; performs other related duties as required.
The Senior Civil Engineer is a lead/advanced journey level registered professional engineer class within the Engineering Department and exercises full responsibility for planning and organizing a variety of assigned engineering projects and directing the work of assigned staff. Incumbents perform complex professional engineering and program management assignments demanding considerable knowledge of various aspects of engineering and related program requirements, including land development, planning, design standards and regulations, construction, and maintenance. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of City Engineer in that the latter is responsible for the administration of the Department.
Receives direction from the City Engineer or his/her designee. May exercise direct supervision over professional and technical support staff.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (include but are not limited to the following)
Leads, oversees, reviews, and performs a broad range of design activities on a variety of public works projects, including street, landscaping, storm drainage facilities, parks, and buildings; performs site inspections; develops design procedures; prepares plans, specifications, project budgets and cost estimates; interprets the application of design criteria; checks plans and specifications for accuracy of design and completeness.
Monitors work activities to ensure safe work practices, work quality and accuracy; ensures compliance to applicable rules, policies and procedures; participates in the development of policies and procedures; recommends programs, projects and work assignments.
Assists in the coordination of capital improvement projects with contractors, utility companies and other agencies; administers construction contracts; plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors and participates in the work of staff responsible for reviewing design conformance and accuracy of public and private development projects.
Prepares and provides complex engineering and program reports, correspondence, staff reports, ordinances, and resolutions to the City Engineer, City Manager, City Council, Planning Commission, City departments, outside agencies and the public; develops and reports statistics; makes oral presentations and participates in organizational and community group meetings; responds to questions and inquiries, and investigates complaints concerning engineering problems.
Accepts responsibility for the design and development of public works project and specifications; consults with contractors; reviews plans submitted by consultants and developers to ensure conformity with established standards and regulations; provides advice and instruction to subordinates on design standards and problems during construction phases to completion of the project; provides supervision of field work; prepares, reviews and recommends change orders.
Monitors and keeps informed of current trends in the field of municipal engineering, including legislation, court ruling and professional practices and techniques; evaluates their impact and recommends policy and procedural modifications accordingly.
Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff along with the public.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking on slippery, level and uneven surfaces, kneeling, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing reports using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires both near and far vision in reading written reports and work related documents. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. Additionally, the incumbent in this position works outdoors in all weather conditions, including wet, hot and cold. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to drive motorized vehicles. The need to lift, drag and push files, paper and documents weighing up to 25 pounds is also required.
Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
QUALIFICATIONS: (The following are minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)
Education and/or Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Senior Civil Engineer. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess four years of increasingly responsible experience in professional civil engineering, including one year of supervisory or lead responsibility, and a bachelor's degree with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid class C California driver's license. Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.
KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS: (The following are a representative sample of the KAS's necessary to perform essential duties of the position.)
Modern principles, procedures, practices and standards of municipal civil engineering; surveying methods and techniques; traffic engineering principles; strength of materials and stress analysis; municipal engineering laws, ordinances, codes, specifications and plans; engineering project inspection methods; modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding engineering; principles and practices of contract administration; operational characteristics and use of standard equipment used in the engineering profession; methods and techniques of supervision, training and motivation; basic principles of mathematics; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations, including city, county and state building codes; methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments; standard office procedures, practices and equipment; modern office equipment, including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling and grammar; occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Lead, oversee, review and perform complex engineering computations; check, design and supervise the preparation of engineering plans and studies; plan, organize, direct and evaluate the effectiveness of assigned program activities; effectively exercise supervisory control over complex professional and technical tasks; negotiate and manage construction contracts; perform the full range of professional civil engineering tasks; prepare and administer a budget; safely and effectively operate engineering tools and equipment; interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and regulations pertaining to municipal public works design and construction; make adjustments to standard operating procedures to improve effectiveness and comply with regulatory changes as appropriate; read, interpret and record data accurately; organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response; follow written and oral directions; promote and observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Operate an office computer and a variety of software applications, including scheduling, graphics and presentation programs.
About City of Lake Elsinore
The City of Lake Elsinore, incorporated on April 9, 1888, is a historic community and one of the fastest growing cities in California. Surrounded by natural beauty, the City, with approximately 66,411 residents, is located in the heart of the I-15 Corridor and bridges all the activity between Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, and San Diego.
Framed by the spectacular Ortega Mountains and Cleveland National Forest, where hiking, fishing, and birding abound, the City surrounds Southern California's largest natural lake, 3,400-acre Lake Elsinore. A popular destination for boating, water skiing, wake boarding, personal watercraft, and parasailing, each year the lake is home to numerous major events such as the Wake boarding World Championship Series and the National Water Ski Racing Association races.
The City is home to the Single-A Baseball team The Lake Elsinore Storm (affiliated with the San Diego Padres) and Diamond Stadium, a beautiful state-of-the-art minor league baseball field built right on the shore of Lake Elsinore.
The City operates and maintains nineteen parks comprising two hundred fifteen acres offering everything from playgrounds and barbecu...es to athletic fields and a Skate Park.
The City of Lake Elsinore has a City Council / City Manager form of government. The City Council is composed of five members elected at large by voters within the city to serve four-year terms. City Council elections are staggered every two years. The Mayor is elected by the City Council to serve a one-year term.
The City comprises 43 square miles of planned commercial light industrial residential and resort-oriented communities. For Fiscal Year 2018 / 2019 the City Budget is $45.2 million with a Capital Improvement Budget of $62.7 million. The City has more than doubled in size since 2000, and including a sphere of influence, the total area of the City is over 72 square miles. The City contracts for public safety services with Riverside County.