PRINCIPAL CIVIL ENGINEER                                                                                                                                              1017

 

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS

An employee in this class performs professional engineering work in administering a major operating section of a public works department on the construction of County highways, bridges, waterways, buildings and/or sewage works.  Duties include directing and coordinating the activities of engineering, technical and clerical personnel.  Assignments are usually broad in scope, requiring independent professional judgement in making difficult technical decisions.  Assignments may be self-initiated to complete various projects.  Work is reviewed by a technical supervisor for conformity with departmental policies and regulations.  Does related work as required.       

 

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

          Supervises and coordinates activities of resident project engineers on construction of County highways, bridges, waterways, buildings and sewerage works;

          Plans, directs and coordinates the County's effort under the Federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program;

          Supervises and participates in the design effort on projects receiving federal aid, to insure compliance with Federal and State regulations;

          Plans and directs the activities of the highway design division; supervises design and the preparation of plans and specifications for County highways; supervises the production of right-of-way maps and survey sketches of right-of-way parcels; supervises field survey crews in development of information required for design activities;

          Plans and directs the activities of the Bridge Design Division; supervises the design and preparation of plans and specifications for bridges; prepares cost estimates of proposed bridges; makes inspection and prepares reports concerning existing bridges and other public works structures; schedules repair and maintenance of bridges and structures;

          Plans and directs the activities of the Waterways Division; plans and supervises field survey crews in development of information required for the design of various dredging projects; supervises design and preparation of plans and specifications for waterway developments; directs the activities of dredges used to complete projects to make waterways more navigable; directs the maintenance and repair activities of canal locks, docks and bulkheads; directs the operation of the canal;

          Coordinates the design, construction, and/or operation of sewer districts, sewage treatment plants and auxiliary equipment as well as the development and operations of monitoring systems and enforcement procedures;

          Plans and directs the activities of the sewerage works construction section; supervises the layout of line and grade for sewers and sewage treatment plant facilities and pumping stations; supervises the inspection of construction to determine contractor conformance with approved plans;

          Supervises the conduct of special research on sewage disposal processes and the operation and maintenance of sewage treatment plants and sewers; makes recommendations relative to design alteration due to field changes;

          Plans and directs the activities of the planning and design section; prepares designs, specifications and cost estimates for letting contracts related to construction or improvements of existing sewers, sewage treatment facilities and expansions of said systems;

          Prepares engineering contracts for performance of design work by consulting engineers relative to County sewer districts; reviews outside engineering plans for adequacy and conformance with engineering contracts and good engineering practices; supervises and directs the development and operations of computer programs used in the design and review of engineering plans.

          Plans and directs the activities of the operation and maintenance sections; supervises the operation and maintenance of sewage treatment plants, pumping stations, interceptors, monitoring devices, lateral sewers and other collection system facilities;

          Supervises support services such as industrial waste and pretreatment activities, permit processing and field survey activities; prepares reports and assists in the securing of grants and procurement procedures;

          Provides assistance, as required, to the Chief Engineer in directing engineering and maintenance activities within the Public Works Department;

          Acts as expert engineering witness before courts, commissions and boards of arbitration.

 

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Comprehensive knowledge of the practices, techniques, and principles of civil and sanitary engineering; thorough knowledge of bridge, highway, waterway, sewer and sewage treatment plant facilities design and construction; thorough knowledge of modern engineering methods, techniques and materials; good knowledge of modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding sewerage works, bridge, highway, waterway design and construction; good knowledge of the applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to engineering construction, design and operation; ability to plan, schedule, coordinate and review the work of engineering, technical and clerical  personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to plan, design and prepare complete engineering plans and specifications; ability to perform difficult engineering computations and to make comprehensive recommendations on engineering problems; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; physical conditions commensurate with the demands of the position.

         

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

          OPEN COMPETITIVE

          Possession of a Professional Engineer's License issued by the State of New York, and six (6) years of sanitary and/or civil engineering experience following acquisition of license, three (3) years of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

          PROMOTIONAL

          Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as an Associate Civil Engineer.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

          Candidates must maintain a Professional Engineer's License issued by the State of New York while employed in this title.

         

R3/19/93

SUFFOLK COUNTY

Competitive