City of Tacoma WA Engineer - Public Works Project Delivery Section in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

The City of Tacoma, Public Works Engineering Division, Project Delivery Section is seeking to fill an appointive Engineer position to manage arterial and residential capital street improvement projects, trail projects, and other infrastructure projects. This position will be responsible for the development and implementation of project management strategy to assigned projects for construction of major capital improvement roadway and trail projects throughout the City of Tacoma. This position will work independently under the direction of the Principal Engineer and with various consultants, design engineers, technicians, construction managers, inspectors and other staff within the City of Tacoma

The Engineer's work will include developing and managing project scope, budget and schedule, procurement of consultants and contractors; internal and external project communications; project stakeholder outreach; report preparation; project presentation; grant application preparation; and other duties as assigned.

Projects assigned to this position may include:

  • Brewery District Infrastructure Revitalization
  • South 21 Street: S. Jefferson Ave to S. Tacoma Ave
  • South 19th Street Pedestrian Improvements: S. Cedar Street to Bates Technical College
  • Streets Initiative Residential Street Packages Essential Duties:

  • Prepare technical specifications, engineering calculations and plans for a wide range of engineering projects under the supervision of a licensed engineer.

  • Independently coordinate and conduct engineering and other studies, projects and systems; develop, implement and coordinate procedures, functions and activities.
  • Administer contracts with various consultants, contractors, developers, suppliers and agencies.
  • Research and analyze technical information and data and prepare reports.
  • Computation and review of payments to various consultants, contractors, developers, suppliers and agencies.
  • Provide support to others in the selection, procurement, testing, installation and acceptance of project components and equipment.
  • Conduct surveys, forecasts, plans, studies and cost estimates related to various projects and programs.
  • Coordinate and review the work of outside consultants and vendors for compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Respond to and investigate customer questions and complaints; provide information concerning services, programs, projects, policies and objectives.
  • Inspect and test equipment, devices and facilities to determine cause of equipment malfunctioning or failure and to assure safe and efficient operations.
  • Inspect projects and related activities to assure use of proper equipment and materials and compliance with the specifications and contracts.
  • Direct others and assign tasks as needed on a project basis.
  • May perform other related incidental work.
  • Assist in selection, training and evaluation of subordinate staff.

Our ideal candidate will have excellent ability to communicate and work productively with a wide variety of individuals and team members. In addition, the candidate shall be able to implement state and federal funding sources including all of the requirements associated with them.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: Position may require driving, sitting, standing, walking or climbing for long periods of time. Work performed in office, field and shop environments. Subject to visiting and working in trenches, below ground vaults, power poles or towers, buildings, structures or from aerial equipment. Incumbents may also be exposed to hazardous substances and conditions.

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information:

One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work and play


Four-year degree from an accredited college or university in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering or related field and three years' experience in project management or construction management.

Engineering in Training or Professional Engineer Certificate may be substituted for a degree.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS May require a valid Washington Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

ANALYTICAL: Develop methods of data collection and results interpretation. As necessary, implement results of research studies or programs with an appropriate and effective course of action based upon outcome or findings.

COMMUNICATIONS: Prepare and present effective oral and written communications for professional and general public use.

LEADERSHIP: Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, the general public, city, county, state and federal agencies while coordinating research in support of assigned department programs. Establish, coordinate and direct work teams to accomplish assigned tasks to a successful completion.

MANAGEMENT: Plan and organize work to meet schedules and objectives.

PROFESSIONALISM: Remain current on applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures within engineering field assigned.

TECHNICAL: Proficient in engineering practices and principles within field of expertise.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Our City: With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Interested individuals must *complete the online application and attach *a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional license and related experience. Any vacancy that comes up within the one year period of time will draw from candidates on the Referral List for potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call Human Resources at 253.591.5400.

Salary: $79,518.40 - $101,940.80 Annually

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: Public Works

Job Number: 2070-18

Division: PW Engineering

Closing: 6/25/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400