Copy of City Engineer
Pontiac, MI Public Works, Dept.

City Engineer

FLSA: Administrative exemption

Summary: An incumbent in this position is responsible for performing professional civil engineering and responsible administrative work in the designing, planning, and inspecting municipal construction and engineering projects; planning, directing and coordinating city engineering, electrical engineering, traffic control systems, street lighting systems; and assisting in the administration of the Department of Public Works when assigned.


Supervision Received: Works independently under the supervision of the Director of the Department of Public Works.

Supervision Given: Limited supervisory responsibilities of staff and contractors assigned to assist Engineer.

Job Environment

• The environment in City Hall is one of a typical business office environment, with electro-mechanical computer and telecommunications-related equipment; exposure to noise from shredders, printers, copiers, telephones, and other computer-related equipment.

• Operates a PC-based computer system and other office equipment.

• Various responsibilities may require employee to conduct evaluations and/or inspection outdoors.

• Field work may require work outdoors in varying weather patterns and temperatures beyond the control of management.

Essential Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position:

• Provides detailed technical evaluation and civil engineering expertise of regional projects or programs impacting the City. Makes decisions as allowed or required by City code or as applied through conditions of permit approval.

• Directs and administers municipal engineering and other operations including the design and inspection of public works projects.

• Directs and coordinates survey work on construction, including preliminary layout and final inspection.

• Supervises and direct Right of Way inspectors. Including Performance reviews, Personal Improvement Plans, on-site training and managing work hours and overtime.

• Performs the duties of Street Administrator in accordance with Public Act 51.

• Plans and programs future work activities and street improvements.

• Assists Purchasing Agent in preparing Request for Proposal (RFP) for engineering services on proposed public works improvement projects.

• Determines the need and order the layout of utilities, roads, street lighting, and street signage.

• Issues right-of-way and permits to utilities, contractors, and developers.

• Reviews and approves development plans involving the public right-of-way, City-owned utilities, and private developments

• Conducts field inspections of construction and other engineering activities.

• Assists the Director of Public Works in supervising the activities in the department when assigned.

• Provides oversight of the following: consultant requests for proposal for professionals and/or construction services; evaluation of proposals and recommendation for project award; negotiation and administration of contracts for construction projects; contractor compliance with City Standards and Specifications, time and budget estimates; resolution of complex problems that may arise; recommends and approves field changes as required.

• Assists in planning, directing and coordinating the Public Works Department’s work plan; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.

• Serves as a liaison for the Public Works Department with other City Departments, divisions, and outside agencies; attends meetings, as necessary; provides staff support to commissions, committees and task forces.

• Prepares and presents reports to City Council.

• Responds to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.

• Assists in coordinating, analyzing, and improving various municipal functions, and services.

• Manages operations and the closing of the City's landfill.

• Prepares correspondence, records, and reports.

• Field inspections and visits up to 20-25% during peak period (April-November), no outside of City Travel.


Education, Training, and Experience: Master’s degree in engineering and at least three years’ experience in civil engineering. In lieu of a master’s degree, the City Engineer shall have a bachelor’s degree in engineering and at least five years’ experience in civil engineering. The City Engineer shall be a licensed engineer in the State of Michigan at the time of hire.

Proficiency in Microsoft tools including Power Point for presentations.

Ability to review and approve CAD drawings.

An employee in this classification must possess upon hire and maintain a valid Michigan Operator license.