Public Works Engineer

City of Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor, MI

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Posted Date 10/11/2019

Salary: $69,360 – $90,000

The Public Works Engineer will provide engineering support to the Public Works Unit. The Engineer will serve as a resource for staff and as a project manager, working both in the office and in the field to effectively plan and manage projects to completion. The Engineer will administer engineering services contracts, review plans, manage projects and act as a liaison between field crews and staff in other departments. The engineer will implement an effective condition based asset management program. The role requires the application of diversified knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices. The Public Works Engineer will be expected to routinely make decisions independently on utility and infrastructure engineering problems and methods, and routinely communicate with staff and the public. The Public Works Engineer will coordinate the work of consultants, contractors and staff assigned to the project.

The Public Works Engineer must have extensive field experience, along with plan review and contract management and construction oversight experience.

Essential Duties

Performs civil engineering design, construction contract administration and asset management planning and programming. Provide field support to City staff in maintenance and repair of the City's water, sanitary and Storm water systems. Onsite review of areas in need of improvement for both emergency and planned construction. Collaborate with City staff and governmental agencies to leverage asset management data for developing inspection, repair and replacement plans. Plans, develops, coordinates, and directs a large and important engineering project or a number of smaller projects with many complex features. Assesses the feasibility and soundness of proposed engineering evaluations and work performed by consultants and other professionals. Prepare bid documents and perform all aspects of contract administration. Leads project teams. Interacts with the public, consultants and contractors. Perform visits to job sites evaluate above and below ground infrastructure, inspect construction projects and provide on-site field support to public works field crews.

Related Work

Designs and oversees major engineering projects and develops new methods and approaches to uncommon assignments. . Closely reviews work of consultants and project team members and assumes responsibility for correct and timely completion of assignments. Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents in the project assignment area and a good knowledge of principles.

Knowledge of

  • Managing a project team
  • Local government administration and state and federal regulations
  • Asset Management Programs and Principles
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Project management practices and principles
  • Civil engineering
  • Water distribution and sanitary and storm water collection systems
  • Public infrastructure design, construction and budget administration


  • Technical report preparation
  • Grants application and proposals preparation
  • Identifying problems and finding solutions
  • Strong oral and written communication, with the ability to understand, follow and communicate oral and written policies, procedures and instructions
  • Customer service orientation
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Using computers and applicable software


Passenger vehicle, computers, printers, scanners, cell phone, pagers and miscellaneous office equipment

Training and Experience  

    (position requirements at time of application)

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Professional Engineering License in the State of Michigan or the ability to obtain one in less than six months from the date of hire.
  • Minimum of eight years of progressive civil engineering and project management practice.       

Licensing Requirements

   (position requirements at time of application) 

  • Professional Engineering License (PE)
  • Valid Driver's License

 Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that may be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

The physical ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel, talk, hear, see, and perform repetitive motions.

Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to: work in a standard office environment; read fine print on blueprints and display terminals; converse by telephone, two-way radio, in person, or around the noise of heavy construction equipment; move across rough terrain and bridge scaffolding; climb into and out of sewers and trenches, climb ladders, and several flights of stairs; use drafting instruments, calculators, and personal computers; and strength to lift and carry up to 30 pounds including site plans, water meter, etc.. The work requires the ability to distinguish colors and to hear audible alarms. Incumbents may be subject to potentially hazardous physical conditions, atmospheric conditions, extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) including snow and ice, intense noise, and/or vehicle traffic. The incumbent may be expected to walk on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces. The incumbent may be exposed to domestic and wild animals.

Offer will be commensurate to the level of experience and licensing that you possess, at the time of your application.

We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. 



Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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