Senior Civil Engineer

City of Palmdale | Palmdale, CA

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Posted Date 2/06/2020


The Senior Civil Engineer plans, supervises, coordinates, assigns, and participates in a major engineering section; provides complex professional and technical engineering support relative to assigned area of responsibility.


This is the supervisory level in the Civil Engineer series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classifications within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, amount of time spent performing the duties, nature of the public contact made, and direct supervision. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible duties assigned to classes within this series, and may provide direct supervision over assigned staff including Registered Engineers. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.


The Senior Civil Engineer receives direction from the Director of Public Works or his/her designee.

The position exercises direct and technical and/or functional supervision over professional technical and clerical staff.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide complex professional and technical engineering support services relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Manage and/or participate in the preparation of complex engineering studies and reports related to public works, utilities, and capital improvement projects according to assignment; oversee coordination of activities with other City departments, divisions, outside agencies, citizens, consultants, and developers.

Manage the most complex and difficult engineering projects; develop and monitor project schedules and budget; ensure project funding.

Supervise, train, motivate, direct, and review the work of staff involved in technical and professional engineering duties; participate in the activities of a major section within the engineering division.

Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures; write performance evaluations.

Recommend and assist in the implementation of policies, procedures, goals, and objectives; establish schedules and methods for building inspection and permitting activities.

Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.

Oversee and participate in the review of all private development proposals including subdivision and parcel maps; recommend for or against approval.

Interpret and apply relevant codes, ordinances, rules, and regulations.

Prepare and/or review improvement agreements.

Supervise the preparation, updating, and maintenance of maps and records.

Prepare and oversee the preparation of engineering designs, specifications, and cost estimates for a wide variety of capital improvement projects.

Check plans for accuracy, suitability, and completeness, and make recommendations for revision and improvement.

Review specifications for composition and accuracy.

Meet and confer with developers, contractors, engineers, and the general public relative to City policies, regulations, and procedures; coordinate discrepancies and problem situations with outside parties.

Administer and/or oversee the administration of contracts; review and approve all payments and billings for contracted services.

Oversee and participate in the review of projects under construction in the field; coordinate the activities of the inspection unit; resolve complaints and problems in the field between the inspectors and developers, contractors, and/or engineers.

Coordinate activities with other departments and divisions as appropriate.

Serve as staff to a variety of City and outside commissions, boards, and committees as assigned.

Conduct special engineering studies relative to assigned area of responsibility; prepare appropriate reports and analyses.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:


Four years of increasingly responsible civil engineering experience including significant supervisory responsibilities.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering.


Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California or the ability to obtain within six months.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license and legally required vehicle insurance. Must also be able to meet driving record standards set by the city's driving policy.


Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of professional engineering as applied to new development and municipal public works.

Applicable laws and regulatory codes related to development, design, and construction.

Methods and techniques used in the design, construction, and surveying of a variety of public works projects.

Principles of organization, administration, and personnel management.

Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluations.

Principles and practices of budget monitoring.

Principles and practices of safety management.

Pertinent local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and rules including CEQA regulations.

Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding civil and structural engineering.

Principles and practices of project management.

Ability to:

Interpret and apply applicable codes, ordinances, rules, and regulations related to development and construction.

Interpret, review, and analyze development proposals, plans, and specifications.

Make complex engineering computations and check, design, and supervise the construction of a variety of public works projects.

Perform professional and technical support services relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Organize, implement, and direct professional engineering operations and activities.

Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program and project budgets.

Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.

Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports with appropriate recommendations.

Administer contracts.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.


Mobility: frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional climbing, bending, and squatting. Lifting: frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 40 pounds. Vision: constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; occasional color and depth vision. Dexterity: frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching. Hearing/Talking: frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the phone. Emotional/Psychological: frequent decision-making and concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone. Environmental: frequent exposure to noise.


Work is performed in a typical temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and environment. Positions may require occasional overtime; weekend work and travel is rare.


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