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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5135 - Principal Civil Engineer

Job Description

GRADE: 315

Under direction performs work of considerable difficulty developing contract plans, managing construction projects and/or assisting in the overall direction of the Engineering Department; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class assist with and/or oversee the design and/or construction of roads, bridges, drainage facilities and other highway projects. An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time supervising and inspecting the work of subordinate personnel in the office as well as work by consultants. Work requires considerable initiative and professional judgment. Direction is received from the Director of Transportation/County Engineer and Chief Highway Engineer.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Supervises the work of subordinate professional, sub-professional and other employees and consultants in the investigation, development, design, and/ or construction of a variety of engineering projects
• Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staffs are trained; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and, making termination, and disciplinary recommendations
• Oversees the preparation of contract plans and specifications and/ or provides constructions oversight of high profile or high priority projects
• Reviews and approves plans prepared by outside agencies, developers and utility companies
• Evaluates drainage complaints and develops plans for the correction of drainage problems
• Represents the County with Governmental jurisdictions, contractors and the general public on project related matters
• Coordinates with utility companies for the timely resolution of conflicts with proposed County improvements
• Ensures that proposed improvements are locally coordinated
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Assists in the development of the County’s highway improvement program
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge in:
• The principles and practices of civil engineering as related to public improvements
• Applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to either implementation or design and construction of public improvement projects which may include environmental and land acquisition
• Management and leadership principles
• Construction materials and approved standards of safety
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others
• Preparing engineering plans, estimates and specifications for public improvement projects
• Securing cooperation and adherence to construction plans, specifications and codes from outside contractors
• Preparing a variety of technical reports, specifications and contracts in connection with public improvement projects
• Dealing effectively with others and making presentations to other agencies and at public meetings
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Plan, schedule and direct the work of others
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, or related field, and eight years of professional Civil Engineering experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

This position requires an Illinois Professional Engineer license.
This position requires a Valid Driver's License issued by the State of Illinois.