Principal Civil Engineer

City of Rialto | Rialto, CA

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Posted Date 1/30/2020

$96,432.00 - $129,216.00 Annually

To assign, review and participate in the work of staff responsible for the design and construction of public works projects including Streets, Signals, Traffic Control Systems, Traffic Management, Parks, City Facilities, City Water/Wastewater Systems; to serve as project manager on engineering project design and implementation; to ensure work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; and to provide complex assistance to the Director of Public Works/City Engineer.

Essential Duties and Responsiblities

Receives general direction from the Director of Public Works/City Engineer.
May exercise functional and technical supervision over professional and technical staff.

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS--Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions Civil:

  1. Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and participates in the work of staff and/or consultants responsible for providing professional engineering services in the design and construction of public works projects including streets, parks, facilities, and water/wastewater facilities.
  2. Establishes schedules and methods for providing engineering services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly.
  3. Prepares and/or reviews professional civil engineering designs for assigned projects utilizing a variety of computer software programs; performs detailed calculations and computations; prepares and/or reviews the adequacy and accuracy of computations, preliminary layouts and design work from field and survey data.
  4. Reviews and approves changes to approved plans and specifications; processes a variety of permits.
  5. Exercises professional engineering judgment in accordance with currently accepted practice of civil engineering and appropriate laws and codes.
  6. Serves as project manager on complex engineering studies and projects; administers construction and professional services contracts; monitors project budget, inspects work in progress and conducts final inspections to accept completed work; ensures compliance with contractual obligations; reviews and approves change orders; approves progress and final payments; ensures compliance with applicable codes and regulations; provides resolutions to construction problems.
  7. Oversees the bidding process for capital projects including receiving applications, awarding contracts, issuing notices as assigned, and preparing staff reports for Council action.
  8. Reviews land development plans, subdivision maps and grading plans for compliance with applicable laws, codes and regulations as assigned.
  9. Assists construction inspectors in the interpretation of plans, specifications and other contract documents as assigned.
  10. Participates in the selection of technical engineering staff; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures.
  11. Participates in the preparation and administration of assigned engineering program budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures.
  12. Prepares engineering specifications, costs and quantity estimates for utility related projects; obtains required easements or permits for water and sewer system construction and utility structures as assigned.
  13. Performs field reviews of proposed construction site, obtains measurements and creates plans for construction as assigned.
  14. Plans and supervises the collection, analysis and reporting of various traffic engineering studies.
  15. Attends and participates in community meetings regarding the impact of proposed construction as assigned; responds to citizen complaints.
  16. Provides staff support to the Public Works Director/City Engineer; attends meetings of a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  17. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays current on new trends and innovations in the field of civil engineering.
  18. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.

Essential Functions Traffic:

  1. Manages large and complex civil and traffic engineering projects including supervision of professional, technical and consulting staff.
  2. Participates in the appointment of personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures and recommends employee terminations.
  3. Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities related to the Engineering Division and the Traffic Section.
  4. Prepares or supervises preparation of programs to meet the future public infrastructure needs of the community.
  5. Determines scope of engineering projects; prepares requests for proposals and contracts for consulting services; reviews plans of consulting engineers and private contractors; makes technical civil and traffic engineering decisions and establishes technical criteria and standards.
  6. Negotiates right of way agreements, professional service agreements, and cooperative project agreements with other agencies; locates and obtains outside funding sources for public infrastructure projects.
  7. Represents the Department/Division and delivers presentations at public meetings.
  8. Assists in planning, organizing and evaluating the functions and activities of the Engineering Division and Traffic Section including design, cooperative projects, plan review, capital improvement projects and traffic signal operation and maintenance program.
  9. Assists the Public Works Director/City Engineer in the planning of work schedules and determining project assignments; prioritizes traffic engineering programs, infrastructure improvements, and operation and maintenance needs of the City facilities.
  10. Assists in resolving work problems and interpret administrative policies for subordinates, City departments/divisions, consultants, contractors and the public.
  11. Assists in coordinating activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  12. Provides information to the public; responds to and resolves citizen inquiries and complaints related to the Traffic Section.
  13. Calculates the quantity, quality and cost of materials; prepares plans and specifications related to assigned projects.
  14. Coordinates the construction inspection of projects; ensures conformance with contract plans, specifications and applicable codes; approves progress payments and change orders as needed.
  15. Responds to requests for environmental reviews; secures appropriate permits from regulatory agencies for assigned projects.
  16. Develops budgetary information for projects to be implemented by Traffic Section and administers, coordinates and monitors the budget for the Traffic Section of the Engineering Division.
  17. Plans and coordinates traffic operational programs within the City; plans and promotes traffic safety programs for the City.
  18. Determines the need for and type of traffic controls; plans and supervises the traffic signal operation and maintenance program; and maintains traffic records.
  19. Provides guidance on transportation planning and traffic circulation for General Plan Amendments and in Specific/Community Plan documents.
  20. Recommends and prepares traffic ordinances, resolutions and comprehensive traffic reports; assists in regional traffic transportation engineering/planning.
  21. Answers interrogatories and testifies in court relative to traffic violations and vehicle accident and injury claims against the City.
  22. Coordinates phases of major construction projects and prepare progress reports.
  23. Ensures project compliance with Federal, State and local rules, laws and regulations.
  24. Conducts comprehensive civil and traffic engineering studies and prepares reports with appropriate recommendations.
  25. Makes civil and traffic engineering design computations and checks designs and prepares civil and traffic engineering plans.
  26. Analyzes engineering problems; identifies alternative solutions, projects consequences of proposed actions and implements recommendation in support of goals.
  27. Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  28. Performs any other tasks or functions deemed necessary to the daily operations of the employer.


Minimum Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING GUIDELINES Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

ExperienceFour years of civil engineering experience, including two years at a supervisory level.

TrainingBachelors degree with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.
Licenses and Certifications: 
Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California.
Possession of a State of California driver's license.

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services and activities of a public works engineering program including streets and utilities.
  • Methods and techniques of engineering project management.
  • Principles of lead supervision and training.
  • Principles and practices of construction surveying.
  • Modern and complex principles and practices of engineering design and construction.
  • Principles and practices of civil and traffic engineering.
  • Principles and practices of project and construction management.
  • Principles of program management.
  • Principles and practices of contract administration.
  • Terminology, methods, practices and techniques used in technical civil engineering report preparation.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and control.
  • Principles of mathematics as applied to engineering work.
  • Recent developments, current literature and sources of information regarding civil and traffic engineering.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Perform professional engineering duties in support of a comprehensive public works engineering and construction program including streets, traffic, water and utilities.
  • Manage large and complex engineering projects.
  • Lead, organize and review the work of lower level staff.
  • Ensure project compliance with appropriate Federal, State and local rules, laws and regulations.
  • Coordinate phases of construction projects and prepare progress reports.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and develop appropriate recommendations.
  • Perform technical research and solve complex engineering problems.
  • Prepare and maintain technical civil engineering records and prepare comprehensive reports.
  • Compile rough technical data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies.
  • Develop, review and modify civil engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
  • Exercise professional engineering judgment to achieve results consistent with objectives.
  • Interpret and explain City policies and procedures.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.


Supplemental Information

Application Procedure
A City application form and supplemental questionnaire (if applicable) MUST be submitted and received by the closing date.  Please apply online at .  All other employment inquiries can be directed to The City of Rialto, Human Resources Department. 246 S. Willow, Rialto, CA  92376. Telephone: (909) 820-2540.
Selection Process:
Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above.  All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Examinations for the positions may consist of any combination of written, performance, and oral exams to evaluate the applicant's skills, training, and experience for the position.  Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list.  The City may also merge lists.  The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which may include a physical, drug screen, and fingerprinting.

Veterans Preference Credit Eligibility
Veterans of the armed forces, who have received Honorable Discharges from active duty, shall receive an additional five (5) points to their final examination score for ranking purposes only. This preference will apply only to the first appointment to any regular full-time City appointment. A copy of your valid DD214 must be submitted on or before the final filing date in order to be eligible for Veterans Preference Credit. For more information, please see the City's Veteran's Preference Policy (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader).
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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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