Assistant Engineer

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Bremer County
Waverly, IA, United States

Phone: 319-559-2297
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Assistant Engineer


Waverly, IA 


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Position: Assistant Engineer                                             Reports to:  County Engineer   
Department:      Engineering/Secondary Roads              Date Adopted:
FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt                                                 Non-Bargaining Unit
POSITION SUMMARY: Under general supervision applies professional knowledge of civil engineering principles; directs planning, designing, drafting in the preparation of construction plans for bid such as bridges, box culverts, grading and paving projects. Supervises inspection of county road projects.
  1. Supervises and performs planning, designing, and drafting operations in the preparation plans for paving, resurfacing, bridge, drainage, restoration, grading, recreational trails and other maintenance and construction projects
  2. Supervise the work of a survey crew engaged in providing field information, data collection, stakeout and control for construction and/or maintenance projects
  3. Coordinates County road construction activities with other public or private agencies to effect maximum possible cooperation.
  4. Assists the County Engineer with the development of both short and long range plans for maintenance and construction projects.
  5. Assists the County Engineer with preparing accurate and complete reports relating to budgets, construction programs, road and bridge plans.
  6. Supervises the construction, inspection, and administration of bridge and culvert, asphalt and concrete paving, road grading, and other related projects.
  7. Assists the County Engineer in preparing reports associated with the operation of the department as required by local, state, or federal regulations.
  8. Schedules, reviews, and evaluates the flow of departmental projects.
  9. Contacts land owners in the purchase of rights-of-way for construction projects.
  10. Prepare bidding and letting documents for construction and maintenance projects.
  11. Supervises inspection of construction projects to insure contractor’s compliance with specifications.
  12. Administers construction projects by completing necessary forms, budgets, pay estimates, and correspondence.
  13. Performs public relations work with contractors and the public.
  14. Assists with maintenance projects by offering technical advice on repairs, pipe replacement plans and general procedures.
  15. Supervises employees, assigns and checks work.
  16. Provides for and handles 24-hour on call emergency situations.
  17. Acts for the County Engineer when that official is absent.
  18. Performs various other duties within scope of responsibility as assigned by the County Engineer.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from an accredited four year college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering; OR Graduation from an accredited two year college with an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology and four (4) years of experience in construction design, survey, inspection, including responsibility for project preparation, documentation and development; OR substituting additional experience for the education requirement.
Licensed as an Iowa Professional Engineer or Engineer Intern; OR Licensed as an Iowa Professional Land Surveyor.
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skill and abilities.
  1. Ability to effectively manage the work of others.
  2. Experience in PC computing is required, with word processing/spreadsheets/computing preferred.
  3. Experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D is preferred.
  4. Ability to read and speak fluent English
  5. Ability to assure records, reports and daily reporting requirements are completed.
  6. Ability to communicate with people to convey or exchange information in a courteous, professional manner.
  7. Ability to interact with and establish effective working relationships with coworkers, Engineer, other agencies and the public.
  8. Ability to communicate accurately in writing and perform basic math.
  9. Ability to drive to various locations assigned utilizing own vehicle or agency vehicle.
  10. Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  11. Ability to organize, prioritize and schedule projects to assure completion.
  12. Ability to work independently and use initiative to achieve the goals and objectives of Bremer County and its consumers.
  13. Able to maintain a professional relationship with staff, coworkers, consumers and the public.
  14. College level math (algebra, geometry, trigonometry) is required in order to compute elevations, contours, grades, storage areas, quantities of materials, cross-section, dimensions, profiles, volumes and presenting graphic representation of project plans using CAD equipment and various types of computer software to display, modify and produce design plans.
1.         Sitting:  Approximately 2 to 3 hours during an 8 hour day. Some of the work is in an office environment.
2.           Standing and Walking:  May need to walk on uneven terrain at construction sites. During construction may stand or walk for extended periods
3.           Driving:   As needed to meetings and constructions sites. Must have valid driver’s license.
4.           Lift, carry, Push, Pull, Moderate Deviation of Wrist, Knee, Ankle, Shoulder: Must be able to lift and carry objects of approximately 30 to 50 lbs.
5.           Climb/balance: As needed; may need to climb ditches and at construction sites.  The ability to climb stairs is required.
6.           Stoop, Bend, Kneel, Crouch, Crawl: As needed to inspect construction.
7.           Reach, Handle, Finger, Feel: 1 to 2 hours/day. Good manual dexterity is required to perform this job. The individual needs to write information on paper and enter information into a computer when needed. The individual needs to be able to sort and handle documents.
8.           Sight: The ability to see and interpret information is a requirement of their job. Sight is used constantly. The position requires reading and/or recognizing information, discussing this information with others, translating and paraphrasing this information for others, and documenting this information.           
9.           Talk, Hear: The individual is required to communicate effectively with consumers other employees, supervisors, families, and other services professionals.
Works in a variety of environments including, but not limited to office. Work particularly during construction season is subject to a variety of potentially dangerous conditions such as road and structure survey staking and paving (closeness to road traffic and construction equipment, bridge construction, slippery surfaces, moving cranes, large beams, and piling being moved about.) May experience numerous interruptions from telephone calls or people needing information and attention. Works independently to complete many tasks.
  1. Marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of essential job duties have been excluded from this job description.
  2. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective employee and incumbents are encouraged to discuss possible accommodations with Bremer County
  3. Job descriptions in no way state or imply that the description includes every duty to be performed by the employee in the position. Employees will be required to follow any job-related instructions and to perform any job-related duties requested by the Engineer.
4.   Bremer County reserves the right to change or reassign job duties or combine
       positions at any time.
5.   This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other
       than “at will” employment relationship.