Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Civil Engineering Designer I
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$5,452.00 - $6,627.00 Monthly
$65,424.00 - $79,524.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location:220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

Do you have experience performing a variety of engineering design and CADD support functions?  The City of Kent is looking for a Civil Engineering Designer I to assist with the preparation of plans for a wide range of projects within our Public Works Department.  If you are seeking meaningful CADD, design and engineering work in a municipal environment, we welcome your application for this position.

The following is a full-time, non-represented position.  A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete; incomplete applications will not continue in the selection process.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted.  If you have questions or experience technical difficulties, please feel free to call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.

The selection process for this position will consist of a technical knowledge test and an interview.  The position is open continuously at this time, but a first review of applications will take place on June 9, with interviews tentatively scheduled for June 15 or 16. 

Under the direction of the Engineering Supervisor, or designee, design and prepare project plans for streets, sanitary and storm sewers, water mains, and other municipal public works projects.
Work is characterized by complex and difficult technical engineering duties involved in the preparation of designs, costs estimates, and construction plans for Public Works improvement projects; analyze system requirements; and prepare appropriate drawings and designs in support of the supervisors and engineers.  The distinguishing characteristics of this classification include its higher level of responsibility and involvement in all phases of technical engineering design and layout of large-scale projects from the preliminary conceptualization of a project to the final design of various civil, municipal projects such as sidewalks, water lines, streets, storm lines, etc.  The incumbent prepares letters, cost estimates, and reports independently, and also provides technical information and assistance to the public and city personnel.   
Work is performed under limited supervision.  The supervisor and/or other engineers set the overall objectives and resources available.  The incumbent and supervisor work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed.  The incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives.  The incumbent keeps the supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications.  Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform a variety of engineering design, drafting, and layout activities to assist in the preparation of plans for projects such as street improvements, traffic channelization and signalization, sanitary sewers, water mains, storm sewers, flood control, erosion and sedimentation control, public rights-of-way, and easements using computer aided design and drafting (CADD) programs, aerial imagery, and GIS data.
Prepare computations for materials quantities and cost estimates for assigned projects using available computer programs as applicable.
Compute excavation, embankment, and other quantities for the construction of projects; establish the appropriate grade and alignment of roadways and utilities.
Assign, review, and assess drafting, cost estimations, and other related work delegated to other engineering technicians, interns, and temporary employees.
Assure that project designs are in compliance with city, county, state, and federal specifications and standards governing construction projects.
Research records such as tract and parcel, property line, land ownership, right-of-way, and easements. 
Prepare calculations and right-of-way drawings involved in the acquisition of public rights-of-way.
Evaluate existing engineering drawings, maps, field locations, and other pertinent data to determine appropriate materials and information required for design and construction.
Work with survey parties; calculate and verify results of field surveys; and interpret information from survey field notes, aerial photographs, and maps.
Communicate and coordinate work with City personnel, other agencies, consultants, franchise utilities, contractors, and the public to facilitate work processes and exchange of information.
Prepare graphics and materials for various public presentations using aerial imagery, digital images, GIS data, and CADD files.
Finalize Public Works construction projects or "AS-Built" from construction inspector's notes and survey field verifications.
Provide support for projects during all phases of construction.  Work with the construction inspector, franchise utility companies, and survey crews to ensure the accurate construction of the project.
Actively support the vision, mission, values, and behavior statements of the department and the City.
Perform other duties as assigned.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Modern civil engineering design, engineering, and construction of Public Works projects utilizing a personal computer
  • Principles and practices of drafting, surveying, and civil engineering
  • Principles of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment
  • Effective telephone techniques and etiquette
  • Methods, equipment, and materials used in civil engineering and drafting
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Engineering research, analysis, and problem solving methods
  • City organization, operations, policies, and objectives
  • Preparation of construction drawings and specifications
  • WSDOT Standard specifications, Standard plans, and Design Manual
  • AASHTO geometric design of highways and streets and Roadside design guide
  • King County surface water design manual
  • FHWA Manual of uniform traffic control devices
  • Effective interpersonal relations using tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Effective oral and written communications
  • Working from blueprints, engineering drawings, and specifications
  • Reading, interpreting, applying, and explaining laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Performing accurate engineering and mathematical computations and drawings
  • Maintain records and write reports of work progress or inspection findings
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines
  • Design Public Works projects in accordance with budget limitations and established safety standards
  • Design streets, storm and sanitary sewers, water mains, and other municipal engineering projects
  • Work independently with little direction

 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Education:  Graduation from high school supplemented by two (2) years college-level course work in Civil Engineering Design or engineering, surveying, mathematics, design, and/or drafting; and
  Six (6) years of experience utilizing current computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) equipment in a municipal engineering environment.
Or:  In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience that would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties listed above.
  •  Valid Washington driver's license, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check, successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course, and maintain and excellent driving record
  • Two-year technical degree in current CADD preferred


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