Under the supervision of a Project Engineer, performs a variety of tasks related to the design of road and bridge improvements, construction projects and traffic engineering. Work assignments may involve all phases of the engineering function from the initial feasibility study through final implementation. Grade 5 and 6 Staff Engineers serve in entry level and intermediate assisting roles respectively while professionally developing. Grade 7 Staff Engineers serve as the senior staff engineer and are expected to perform more complex engineering functions with some, but progressively less, direct supervision and to perform more routine tasks and decision-making independently. As Staff Engineers gain experience and independent capabilities, they may coordinate the activities of technical personnel in preparing plans and specifications, environmental clearances, and the acquisition of rights of way. Staff Engineers also: monitor project specific contractor activities to assure conformance to standards, plans and specifications, directs and performs appropriate testing, gathers proper contract documentation, and prepares contractor pay estimates; Assists with planning and organizing work of Engineering Technicians on a project basis; Work with senior staff and parties affected by construction projects to make field adjustments and design revisions to conform to field conditions, resolve conflicts, mitigate project impacts, and address concerns of the public; Assist senior staff during public hearings on proposed construction projects; Respond to complaint and inquiries from the public and perform other technical and administrative tasks associated with Road Department operations.
Coordinates project level activities of technical personnel in drawing plans, writing specifications, obtaining environmental clearances, and the acquisition of rights of way. Assists in the development of design plans and bid contract documents.
Analyzes field data collected at project sites and uses engineering design guidelines to design, draw plans and develop specifications for road and bridge improvement projects.
Works with consultants, as applicable, to coordinate design projects. Assists in the preparation of bid documents and specifications for contracted work. Manages project files, updating them as work progresses.
Works with various state and federal agencies to comply with reporting requirements on projects that are partially or totally funded by those agencies. Reports include preliminary design, grade inspection, final design, drawing and bid document submission and letting the project for bid. Monitors and reports project budgets by funding source.
Assists with acquiring environmental clearances and rights of way needed for the completion of Road Department projects including meeting with property owners. Reports right of way problems to senior staff.
Works with senior staff to determine actual field conditions and helps adjust project design or construction to fit those conditions. Performs construction engineering as assigned, including inspection duties. Assists senior staff with parties affected by road projects, when applicable, modifies project design to address the concerns or adjacent property owners, Drain Commissioner, utility companies and other impacted organizations.
Performs and/or leads inspection activities for construction contract work and annual Road Department system improvement programs to ensure that work meets standard specification, plan and proposal requirements. Coordinates and monitors inspection activities of staff and consultant inspectors and surveyors. Plans, directs, and performs field sampling and testing of materials. Performs and verifies construction project staking and ensures proper placement of work zone signing and traffic control devices. Coordinates inspection functions with the contractor’s operations. Advises the contractor concerning the suitability of materials and methods used.
Measures, computes and keeps records of materials used and work performed in the field. Computes and compiles final quantities of construction work performed by contractors, and prepares various reports. Calculates pay estimates for road, bridge, and Road Department system improvement programs. Advises the contractor on material acceptance requirements and ensures compilation of proper project documentation.
Works within a survey crew in gathering topographic information, planning and designing field modifications, and laying out projects. Uses level, transit, total station, rod chain and other instruments, as required, to accomplish layout, staking, and grading direction for contractors and Road Department crews.
Represents the Road Department at pre-construction meetings and other project related and Committee meetings. Provides information related to particular projects and performs various administrative tasks.
Responds to information requests and complaint calls from the general public. Coordinates follow-up with appropriate personnel and documents communications. Confers with utilities and public agencies regarding construction, construction traffic control, and access problems. Attends public hearings and stakeholders meetings concerning road and bridge improvement projects and other Road Department activities.
Participates in the planning process by collaborating with other professional staff to evaluate the need for road project improvements.
Provides technology assistance in modifying computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software to maximize staff efficiency.
Attends professional engineering events and seminars and reads literature in the field to keep current with techniques in design, constructions and management. Updates technical staff of changes in engineering standards.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Must adhere to departmental standards in regard to HIPAA and other privacy issues.
During a public health emergency, the employee may be required to perform duties similar to, but not limited, to those in his/her job description.
(An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the above tasks. These examples donot include all of the tasks which the employee may be expected to perform.)
Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
Experience: Progressively more responsible civil engineering experience in road design and construction, per the following:
OPEIU Grade 5: No experience necessary.
OPEIU Grade 6: A minimum of (1) one year experience required in which related co-op and summer internship experience may be considered, including a minimum of (1) one year in grade 5 or equivalent experience.
OPEIU Grade 7: A minimum of (3) three years’ experience required in which related co-op and summer internship experience may be considered, including a minimum of (1) one year in grade 6 or equivalent experience, plus passage of FE/EIT examination required.
Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license.
This position requires progressive proficiency in the use of computers and Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices, as well as word processing, spreadsheet, database, and various engineering software including but not limited to the following:
Microsoft Office Programs [e.g. Word, Excel, Access]
Specialty and proprietary Engineering Software for pavements, walls, hydraulics, etc. [e.g. Hec-Ras, HY8]
Two years after date of hire, employees must obtain State Certification in at least the following number or more per given grade of the following listed areas:
Grade 5—minimum 5 certifications;
Grade 6— minimum 6 certifications;
Grade 7— minimum 7 certifications;
Density Control, including certification in an approved Nuclear Safety Program.
Work Zone Safety
SESC (Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control) or Storm Water Operator
Excavating Safety: Competent Person Training
Concrete Construction Inspector (ACI)
Concrete Paving and Structures (MDOT Inspection School)
Bridge Painting/Cleaning and Coating Structural Steel (MDOT)
Pavement, Signs and Markings (Levels I and II)
Construction of ADA Compliant Facilities
Must demonstrate increasing competency and have verifiable experience in the each of the current versions of the following MDOT documents within the above required experience levels for the given grade:
(The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications shouldnot be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as generalguidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria)
This position works in both an indoor and outdoor environment. While indoors, there is no planned exposure to notable lights, noises, odors, temperatures or weather conditions. While outdoors, exposure to lights, noises, odors, temperatures or weather conditions cannot be controlled and may be extreme.
This position operates a variety of vehicles including cars, trucks, tractors, forklifts, cranes, hoists, bucket trucks, etc.
This position operates non-powered hand tools such as utility knives, hammers, pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, chisels, saws, etc.
This position operates power hand tools such as drills, sanders, grinders, staple guns, chainsaws, air compressors, mowers, etc.
This position is exposed to variety of hazards such as traffic, moving vehicles, moving mechanical parts, electrical current, slippery surfaces, chemicals, cleaning solutions, oils, hazardous materials, etc.
This position is exposed to air quality conditions such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation, etc.
This position is exposed to noise levels which require shouting in order to be heard.
This position is exposed to vibrations and oscillating movements.
This position is exposed to close quarters which could cause claustrophobia such as crawl spaces, narrow passage ways, shafts, enclosed rooms, manholes, pipelines, etc.
This position is required to travel for meetings and appointments.
This position is provided, and required to use, Personal Protection Equipment to minimize the risks associated with the working conditions listed above.
This position requires the ability to sit, stand, walk, traverse, climb, balance, twist, bend, stoop/crouch, squat, kneel, crawl, lift, carry, push, pull, reach, grasp, handle, pinch, type, endure repetitive movements of the wrists, hands or fingers.
This position’s physical requirements require periodic stamina in walking, traverse, climbing, twisting, bending, keeling, carrying, pushing, pulling and reaching.
This position’s physical requirements require regular stamina in sitting, standing, typing and enduring repetitive movements of the writs, hands or fingers.
This position performs medium work requiring the ability to exert between 20-50 pounds of force in the physical requirements above.
This position primarily requires close visual acuity to perform tasks within arm’s reach such as: viewing a computer screen, using measurement devices, inspecting and assembling parts, etc.
This position requires the ability to communicate and respond to inquiries both in person and over the phone.
This position requires the ability to operate a PC/laptop and to enter & retrieve information from a computer.
This position requires the ability to handle varying and often high levels of stress.
(This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description. These include, but are not limited to, the requirements listed above. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements.)
About Ingham County
The Ingham County Road Department (ICRD) is governed by the Board of Ingham County Commissioners. For information regarding the Ingham County Commissioners and public board meetings please visit the Board of Commissioners website.
To provide the best, safest, most effective and cost efficient road system possible to the people of Ingham County.
The ICRD is responsible for more than 1,253 miles of roads outside incorporated cities and villages throughout Ingham County. Through the efforts of its more than 70 employees and 450 pieces of equipment, those roadways are cleared of snow and are kept in good repair. In addition, the ICRD is responsible for traffic signals, flashing beacons, bridges, road signs and culverts within county road rights of way throughout Ingham County's 550 square miles.
Snow and ice removal
Dust control on gravel roads
Traffic signs and signals
Design of roads and bridges
Subdivision plat review
The ICRD's primary responsibility is to provide reasonably safe roads through proper construction and maintenance. Safety is the ICRD's top priority.