Engineering Associate III

City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities | Columbus, OH

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Posted Date 1/23/2023

The City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities is currently accepting applications for two (2) Engineer Associate III positions. The positions will provide paraprofessional work in the Department of Public Utilities, providing project and plan review preparation and coordination. The DPU Plan Coordinator will consult and coordinate with City project managers, private developers and their consulting and legal team members, and City and external regulatory agencies regarding plan coordination, design, and construction issues impacting the Department of Public Utilities facilities. The role will also provide project and plan review/distribution coordination for the Department of Public Utilities. The Right-of-Way Permit Plan Reviewer will review plans on behalf of DOSD for utility work in Right-of-way, aid in field investigations, and supervise and manage staff. 

Under general direction of a professional engineer or surveyor, is responsible for serving as a subject matter specialist performing advanced-level paraprofessional engineering work; performs related duties as required.

Examples of Work

(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all of the duties that may be performed.)
  • Plans organize, and coordinates the activities of a section, unit, or project involving paraprofessional engineering work;
  • Plans and coordinates the preparation and review of plans, specifications, and drawings for construction, utility, traffic, mechanical, or electrical projects;
  • Organizes and maintains working files of plans, specifications, drawings, cost estimates, and other pertinent data related to projects;
  • Consults with private contractors, engineers, and property owners concerning construction projects, traffic-related problems, or the feasibility of providing electrical services
  • Plans, arrange, and coordinates the work of projects performed by private contractors, engineering firms, and City forces;
  • Reviews calculations of equipment, material, and labor cost estimates for projects and make recommendations to superiors;
  • Coordinates the work of projects under construction and establishes priorities for estimated completion dates;
  • Compiles data and prepares comprehensive technical reports that may include budgetary, project summary or regulatory compliance (e.g., Ohio EPA, Army Corps of Engineers) information;
  • Maintains records and expenditures related to construction projects;
  • Reviews plans for compliance to assess multiple factors such as geographic boundaries, the scope of work, compliance with directives, compliance with service requirements (utilities, traffic, etc.), or other guiding factors;
  • Evaluates the progress of projects in the field and conformance to plans; consider features of the site in the area;
  • Utilizes computer-aided drafting (CAD) and GIS mapping software;
  • May prepare applications and submit the required documentation for federal, state, and capital improvement programs;
  • May assist professional engineers in construction, traffic, mechanical, or electrical projects;
  • May supervise employees assigned to a particular section, unit, or project.


Minimum Qualifications


Completion of the twelfth school grade and five (5) years of experience performing paraprofessional engineering work.  Substitution(s):  College education in engineering or a related curriculum may be substituted for up to four (4) years of the experience on a year-for-year basis.  A certificate of high school equivalence (GED) will be accepted in lieu of the twelfth grade requirement.
Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license.

Test/Job Contact Information

Recruitment #:23-1104-V1
Employment Type: Full-Time (Regular)
Should you have questions regarding this vacancy, please contact:
Brittany DelaCruz
Department of Public Utilities
Division of Water
910 Dublin Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 645-1494

Salary: $29.37 - $44.05 Hourly

Close Feb. 10, 2023
Applicants may inspect and acquire a copy of the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities EEO Plan by visiting the DPU website at

The City of Columbus is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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