Job Description

Salary: $81,636.00 - $99,612.00 Annually
Closing: Continuous
General Purpose

The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for the position of Pavement Management Engineer. Are you an engineer who is adept at designing and preparing construction contract documents in support of a public works department? Are you able to ensure the progress of engineering work that is in compliance with a variety of state, federal, and city laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations governing construction projects? If you have the requisite experience and you enjoy working in a fast-paced, project-driven engineering environment, this position may present the ideal opportunity for you!

The selection process for this position will consist of a panel interview. The position is open until filled and a first review of applications will take place during the week of October 19. Interview dates have not been determined, but they will be announced to candidates as soon as possible. A second interview may also be scheduled for finalists.

**Please note that you must attach your cover letter and resume to your application in order for your application to be considered complete. Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not substitute for attaching it to your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position. If you experience technical difficulties, please contact our office Monday-Friday, between 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

Under the direction of the Engineering Supervisor, or designee, design and prepare construction contract documents (plans, specifications and estimates) for Public Works projects including; reports; supporting documentation; engineering analysis; and general engineering and technical assistance.

Work is characterized by entry-level civil engineering responsibilities in support of the Public Works Department. Duties include, but are not limited to, designing and/or preparing construction contract documents; preparing cost estimates; ensuring project designs and construction are in compliance with legal parameters; checking calculations done by others; serving as liaison between the City and consultants; providing technical assistance in the updating and maintenance of City design and construction standards; maintaining the City’s stormwater standards; and investigating and resolving issues as assigned.

Work is performed under general supervision. The supervisor defines objectives, priorities, and deadlines; and assists incumbent with unusual situations, which do not have clear objectives or precedents. The incumbent plans and carries out assignments and handles problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, procedures, and/or accepted practices. Work is evaluated for technical soundness and conformity to practice and policy.

As an employee within the Public Works Department, actively participate in processes and communications with co-workers to promote/support a culture of engagement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Design and prepare construction contract documents and supporting documentation for Public Works projects. The incumbent may provide guidance and direction to technical or administrative staff as needed to accomplish the work assigned.

In the preparation of project construction contract plans and specifications, work may require drafting using computer aided design and drafting (CADD) programs, aerial imagery, and GIS data, as needed; analysis of project requirements, physical location, and other pertinent data; performing engineering calculations for designs using available computer programs; prepare engineer’s estimate of cost, and design and construction schedule; and assure that project designs are in compliance with a variety of state, federal, and city laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations governing construction projects.

Visit construction sites to inspect work progress and coordinate communications with the construction engineer during construction.

Prepare internal and external correspondence as needed, including reports, memoranda, and presentation materials for the City Council, Council Committees, and/or the public.

Prepare preliminary scopes of work, estimates, and requests for proposals (RFPs); and assist in the selection of engineering or professional consultants.

Coordinate with consultants to develop contract documents, reports or other documents as needed to complete projects.

Provide assistance by performing technical reviews, quality assurance and quality checks of work prepared by others.

Communicate in person, by email, and on the telephone with City personnel, consultants, developers, contractors, utilities, other agencies, property owners, and the public to exchange information, resolve conflicts, and assist them by providing technical assistance as needed.

Visit sites and perform field work including investigation and documentation of site conditions.

Participate in various technical committees, study groups, and taskforces as needed; attend a variety of meetings including staff meetings as necessary; develop and deliver oral presentations including public presentations related to Public Works; and represent the Public Works Department at public meetings as assigned.

Maintain files and records related to work including, project status, communications and computations; prepare project descriptions and progress reports as requested.

Coordinate and prepare applications for all permits and public notice related to Public Works projects.

Actively support and promote the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City


Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Applicable Federal, state and local municipal government regulations, ordinances, laws, codes, construction standards, policies, structure, and procedures
  • Washington State Department of Ecology Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington; City of Kent Construction Standards; City of Kent and King County Surface Water Design Manuals; WSDOT Standard Specifications
  • Principles, practices, standards, and methods of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Design, engineering, and construction of Public Works projects
  • Surveying principles and techniques including legal descriptions
  • Preparation of construction contract plans, specifications and estimates
  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment including personal computers and related software such as word processing, spreadsheet, and technical engineering programs
  • Correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary as it pertains to the position
  • Interpretation of aerial photography
  • Proper usage and maintenance of equipment

  • Engineering research, analysis, and problem-solving methods
  • Designing Public Works projects in accordance with budget limitations and established safety standards
  • Designing storm sewers, water mains, sanitary sewers, streets, sidewalks, and other projects
  • Making extensive mathematical computations accurately
  • Effectively using interpersonal skills in a tactful, patient, and courteous manner
  • Effectively using oral and written communications
  • Using proper telephone techniques and etiquette to assist a diverse assortment of individuals and inquiries

  • Analyze, prepare, and review technical engineering plans, drawings, specifications, and estimates
  • Prepare clear and concise project plans and bid specifications
  • Define problems; collect, analyze, and organize data; establish facts; and draw valid conclusions
  • Coordinate engineering work and assist in resolving conflicts with other departments, agencies, and organizations
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with others
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines
  • Read, analyze, interpret, and explain technical procedures, governmental regulations, engineering plans, drawings, and specifications
  • Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; maintain records
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, contractors, developers, engineers, and the public
  • Use learned knowledge and common sense to interpret and apply an extensive variety of technical instructions in oral, written, mathematical, or diagram form
  • Perform project construction inspection as required

Education, Experience and Other Requirements

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or related field with no experience required; or Engineer in Training (EIT) certification and two years of technical civil or environmental engineering experience;

Or: In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill and ability to perform the essential duties listed above


  • Valid Washington State 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; complete the City’s Defensive Driving Course; and maintain an excellent driving record
  • Completion of position relevant background inquiry
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) certification desirable

Application Instructions

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