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Organization:  City of Mesquite
Job Category:  Construction Management
Water and Sewers
Water and Sewers: Stormwater
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Texas (TX)
City:  Mesquite
Salary and Benefits:  $72,743.46 - $90,929.32 Annually


Serves as project engineer and manager for multiple public works projects (primarily water, sanitary sewer, drainage, roadway, transportation, and building projects) within the City and ETJ. Projects may be governmental or private development.


Under the general supervision of City Engineer. Position requires initiative and broad independence of decision making and action regarding assigned projects and duties. Responsible for providing direction to the Public Works Construction Inspectors related to project construction issues on assigned projects. Responsible for providing direction to the Engineering Plan Review and Records Specialist on issues related to assigned private development projects.


All behaviors comply with the Code of Conduct & Rules of Behavior outlined in Chapter 8 of the General Government Policies and Procedures Manual. Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in city and department attendance policies and procedures.

General Duties:

Provide highly technical and responsible staff assistance to the City Engineer and other support staff in the completion of their duties and responsibilities. Complete other tasks and programs as requested.

Serve as project engineer/manager for all phases of project development, design, construction and project closeout for public works projects (both City and private development).

Ensure assigned projects adhere to budget, schedule, specifications, recognized engineering design standards and guidelines and City, state and federal laws, regulations, policies and standards. Anticipate schedule, budget, design or construction difficulties and take proactive actions to mitigate project impacts.

Read and comprehend plats, engineering plans and specifications, analyze complex engineering problems, formulate feasible solutions, build consensus, and communicate recommendations and decisions both orally and in writing. Communicate and discuss with consulting engineers and developers review comments and recommended corrections to plans and specifications.

Develop, write, prepare, review, update, coordinate, and maintain City design guidelines, standards, specifications, bid documents and standard details for drainage and flood control, streets, alleys, sidewalks, trails, bicycle facilities, potable water systems, sanitary sewer systems and other municipal infrastructure.

Research, develop, suggest and coordinate solutions to design and construction challenges involving interpretive, judgmental and evaluative skills. Recommend modifications to Division programs, policies, and procedures to improve efficiency and to further City goals.

Represent the City at various professional organizations and committees; stay abreast of current standards, innovations, technologies and trends in the fields of civil engineering and construction and project management.

Investigate, respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen, employee, developer, contractor and consultant inquiries and complaints.

Manages and organizes responsibilities and work assignments in a way that promotes maximum productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.

Project Development, Design & Plan Review Duties:

Manage funding for projects including the programming of fiscal year funding, appropriations, encumbrances, transfers and closing out project accounts per established City procedures. Manage and maintain spreadsheets, databases and other accounting records to track project funding sources, allocation of funding for various project cost codes and identifying project surpluses or shortfalls. Prepare and present project estimates and cost projections.

Design and manage plan preparation for roadways, water distribution, sanitary sewer systems, drainage systems and other municipal infrastructure through professional consultants.

Manage and coordinate of the review of engineering plans, specifications, and estimates for projects to ensure compliance with codes, regulations and design standards, ease of construction, value engineering, and long term durability and ease of maintenance. Communicate consolidated comments to design consultants and participate in design review conferences and recommended corrections. Ensures all review comments are adequately addressed. Coordinate design of assigned projects and activities with other City departments, divisions, and outside agencies. Review, coordinate and issue a variety of permits.

Plan and conduct public meetings with citizens, engineers, developers, sponsors, governmental officials and office holders, contractors and other project stakeholders to explain and discuss project scope and design alternatives.

Maintain effective working relationships with developers, design professionals, contractors and other project stakeholders involved in City project delivery by effectively communicating goals, objectives, or concerns; by interpreting data or information in explaining its purpose and significance; and by explaining reasons for using specific design principles and construction methods versus alternatives.

Manage and coordinate acquisition of project right-of-way, easements and permissions from property owners, including negotiation and writing of sale contracts, directing the activities of the ROW agent, writing recommendations and official communications to the City Engineer and City Council. Obtains appraisals and when necessary manages the condemnation process for the city.

Identifying franchised utility conflicts for assigned projects and coordinate relocation of these conflicts. Plan and conduct project specific utility coordination meetings to facilitate communication and cooperation between the franchised utilities and other project stakeholders.

Manage project bidding process including advertisement, planning and conducting Prebid meetings, preparation and issuance of addendum, opening of bids, evaluation of bids and recommendation of contract award.

Project Construction Engineering & Management Duties:

Plan and conduct pre-bid and preconstruction meetings to discuss and clarify principal construction features, and to inform contractors of requirements concerning construction scheduling, progress reporting, safety measures, wage and hour law observance, labor relations, payroll records, and quality control procedures.

Manage and administer construction contracts. Recommend and negotiate contract modifications and change orders. Review, evaluate, respond to and expeditiously process contractor requests for information, plan clarification, shop drawings and material submittals, change orders, construction sequencing, quality control, safety programs, material testing results, geotechnical reports and schedule revisions for compliance with city standards and project specific plans and specifications.Evaluate, review and process pay estimates and invoices from contractors, consultants, franchised utilities, permitting agencies and other parties involved in project delivery.

Oversee the construction of the City’s capital improvement projects, which are principally roadway, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water distribution projects. Ensures the construction of the civil portion of new private development projects are completed in accordance with City ordinances and regulations.

Manage project funding including making cost and time estimates for various project components, setting up budgets, appropriating, encumbering and disbursing funds for engineering contracts, right-of-way and easement acquisition, construction contracts, utility relocation, administration and inspection fees, etc. Prepare financial documents, memorandums and briefings for City Council and upper management for justification and approval of contracts, agreements, permits and contract change orders or amendments.

Make complex decisions in interpreting plans and specifications concerning project contract changes. Using sound engineering judgment make recommendations and interpretations with limited instruction or guidance. Coordinate with design professionals to resolve problems with plans, specifications, constructability or changed field conditions.

Collect, assemble and process necessary documents for project final acceptance and closeout. Organize and consolidate project documentation and files (both digital and paper) to produce completed well organized project documentation.

Prepare, review and update city general design standards and construction specifications, bid documents, standard details and design guidelines for public works projects such as roadways, water distribution, sanitary sewer systems, drainage systems and other municipal infrastructures. In addition, design and manage plan preparation.

Observes, investigates, and inspects construction at all stages to identify problems, and takes timely corrective action to ensure construction remains on schedule.

Prepares project status reports to keep project stakeholders and City management informed of project budget, schedule, and other project issues of general and specific interest.

Continuously maintains and inputs various types of information into project database, financial management software, and internet web page of City and private projects

Make engineering determinations of whether methods and materials employed meet requirements of contract specifications and will result in sound and safe structures.



Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Civil Engineering.


Six (6) years of experience in engineering, design and project management of public works projects.


Possession of an active certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer, with specialization in the field of civil engineering, issued by the Texas Board of Registration of Professional Engineers;


possession of similar registration issued by another state, with the condition that the successful applicant obtain an active certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer, with specialization in the field of civil engineering, issued by the Texas Board of Registration for Professional Engineers within six months of employment as a condition of continued employment.

Possession of a valid driver’s license.


The five employee competencies are:

1) Job knowledge, 2) Teamwork; 3) Customer Service; 4) Flexibility; 5) Work Ethic.


Knowledge of:

Advanced principles of municipal & civil engineering design and construction; project and contract management & construction management.; municipal and contract law and regulations.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations, particularly those applicable to public works design and construction and civil engineering.

Pertinent national, state and local civil and municipal engineering design standards and guidelines.

Skill in:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills to clearly convey information to City staff, citizens, engineers, contractors, developers and professionals regarding public works projects. Preparing clear, concise and accurate reports and presentations.

Designing drainage, water, sanitary sewer, street, alley and other transportion improvement projects.

Project and contract management.

Use of software specifically Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access), AutoCAD.

Ability to:

Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.

Work weekends and evenings as necessary.

Meet the City's driving standards and operate a motor vehicle.

Pass a medical physical exam (depending on position), drug test, criminal history background check, social security verification check, driver’s license check (depending on position), and employment verification check.



Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., evening hours as needed

REQUIRED TESTING (only if interviewed)

Basic 2010 Excel
Basic 2010 WORD

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