Associate Engineer

DATE: 12-14-99

JOB TITLE: Associate Engineer
DEPARTMENT: Public Works
DIVISION: Engineering

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Assistant City Engineer

DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Engineering Technicians and Aides

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: A Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited school required, or a Bachelors Degree in a related field supplemented with two years of experience in municipal engineering, and knowledge of computer aided drafting and mapping.

NATURE OF WORK: Performs technical and complex work in surveying, designing municipal projects, examination or inspection of municipal construction projects.


I. Checks plans and specifications of street and utility projects for compliance with pertinent codes and accepted engineering practices.

A. Prepares and designs complex projects
B. Makes recommendations for design of projects
C. Coordinates plans and activities on projects

II. Performs on-site inspections of various projects and monitors project progress.

A. Checks for plan and specification compliance according to good engineering
B. Performs or authorizes field and laboratory testing of construction materials.

III. Performs and supervises layout, drafting, and design work on a variety of engineering or planning projects to ensure code compliance and use of accepted engineering practices.

A. Prepares preliminary specifications.
B. Supervises and performs all phases of field survey work (includes use of
transit, levels, and other equipment.)
C. Performs design work on various municipal projects.
D. Directs design work of others.
E. Estimates and compiles cost relating to various projects.
F. Checks legal descriptions and writes easements.

IV. Acts as a team member in preparing information for agreements with contractors.

A. Writes specifications.
B. Prepares cost estimates and bid documents.

V. Maintains engineering files and records.

A. Keeps city maps up to date.
B. Keeps records of streets as to type, mileage, and easements.
C. Maintains records of sanitary and storm sewer and advises sewer crew of
maintenance work.

VI. Performs all other job-related activities as necessary.


I. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the division.
A. Answers citizen questions and requests for materials and information.
B. Responds to citizen inquiries regarding construction projects.
C. Maintains good relations with contractors working on City projects.


I. Must posses a valid Minnesota driver’s license.

II. Certifications for State of Minnesota State Aid projects may be required as departmental needs dictate.


I. Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and equipment relative to this position which shall include but may not be limited to: Standard surveying equipment, motor vehicles, communication equipment, computers, copiers, fax machines, measuring devices, and calculators.


I. Hours may vary dependent upon construction schedule. Late fall to early spring will typically be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is an exempt position and does not accrue overtime.

II. Both an office environment and outdoor construction job site activities, and survey work, which includes wide variation in temperature from winter work in sub-zero Fahrenheit to summer temperatures occasionally in excess of 100° F. There is exposure to the natural elements - dust, insects, weather, and conditions that could be hazardous or dangerous relative to construction sites.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, talk or hear, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to seventy-five (75) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.