City Engineer

  • 103105

SUMMARY: Under general direction, coordinates, oversees and participates in the preparation of plans and specifications for capital projects including buildings, parks and roads; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Plans, designs, coordinates and manages capital improvement projects including buildings, infrastructure and roads.
  2. Manages the work of outside consultants, develops schedules for bidding and construction, and recommends bidders.
  3. Reviews the work of consultants and ensures timely completion of projects within the established budget. Reviews and approves project change orders.
  4. Oversees and participates in the development of the Division’s budget. Discusses and resolves budget issues with appropriate staff and implements adjustments as necessary.
  5. Participates in the development of and oversees capital improvement budgets. Discusses and resolves budget issues with appropriate staff and implements adjustments as necessary.
  6. Prepares project status reports, financial reports, and budget reports to keep management informed on Division operations.
  7. Prepares responses to citizen, business, or contractor complaints regarding Division services or proposed and current projects.
  8. Serves on various committees and boards to provide technical expertise and advice related to engineering, project design and construction.


  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of budgeting and project management.
  • Knowledge of standard engineering practices.
  • Knowledge of city standards and specifications for design and construction of capital improvement projects.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering associated with underground infrastructures, roadways, buildings, water and sewer plant operations.
  • Skill in resolving conflicts with outside contractors.
  • Skill in planning, coordinating, and scheduling multiple competing design and construction projects.
  • Skill in analyzing complex issues and developing and implementing an appropriate response.
  • Skill in responding appropriately to issues and concerns voiced by contractors and the community.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating information accurately, and in expressing ideas clearly, when providing oral or written reports and recommendations.
  • Skill in supervising the work of contractors.
  • Skill in using general office equipment such as computers, fax, copier, calculator and phone.
  • Skill in interpreting, negotiating and monitoring professional service and construction contracts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves sedentary to light work in an office setting. There is occasional need to sit, talk or hear, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms and lift light items (up to 10 pounds). There is frequent need to talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel. There is occasional need to perform work outdoors with exposure to weather conditions when performing on-site inspections of projects and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and minimum of seven (7) years related experience as a Civil Engineer with responsibility for managing construction projects related to underground infrastructures, road construction, traffic and roadway lighting, and one (1) year supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. The position requires registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) by the State of Florida. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: None
Last revision: October 2001
Overtime: No
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