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Project Engineer - 2 Year Limited Term - City of Snoqualmie ( Job # 20-0005)

Minimum Salary: $7,529.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $8,979.00
Employment Type: Project Term
Department: Parks & Public Works
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


A union position under the direct supervision of the Operations Manager in the Public Works division. The Parks and Public Works Director is the head of the department. Incumbent performs professional engineering on construction project management of Capital Improvement Projects. Work involves successfully leading multiple CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) projects through all phases from project conception, according to project time lines and budgets, including grant and permit applications, utility and agency coordination; design; preparation of plans; specifications and estimates; contract administration, and construction inspection. Oversee work of project contractor and consultants. Although formal supervision of others is not a requirement of positions in this classification, employee is responsible for providing direction to division employees assigned to projects. Work is performed based on engineering principles and standards, state and federal laws regulating public works projects, and the City of Snoqualmie municipal code. 

Essential Functions

To contribute to the successful operation, maintenance and constant improvement of a robust infrastructure for the City of Snoqualmie, this position is entrusted to champion customer service, technical vitality and fiscal stewardship and responsiveness within the Public Works Division. The Project Engineer assists in short and long term planning, budget & project management, contract management and oversight, project development and mission quality assurance, and construction management and inspection.


Positive employee morale, proactive thinking, education, and professional development are important responsibilities and qualities of this position.

Determines project objectives, scope of work and timeline; works with engineering consultants in the preparation of plans and specifications; analyzes alternatives; creates a project management program for each project which includes scheduling, contract payment, inspection and testing of the required work; coordinates project team, identifies project risk and develops strategies to minimize risk.

Evaluates the progress of each project by reviewing reports of construction inspectors and conducting on-site inspections of the work performed by engineering and construction contractors; resolves design, budget, or timetable problems; review and approves construction materials as described in specifications; reviews request for work which is beyond the scope of work described in the contract specifications and approves or disapproves request; ensure that project documentation meets state and federal audit requirements; provides project briefings and updates.

This position may be responsible for construction management and inspection for City CIP Projects, including project administration and management, construction administration, inspection, scheduling needed material testing and environmental compliance.

Coordinates with other governmental agencies, City departments, utility companies, property owners, businesses, and the public concerning project management activities.

Determines right-of-way needs; obtains property appraisals; negotiates acquisition with property owners; prepares property descriptions, deeds and other related documents.

Oversees and participates in the process of selecting engineering consultants to perform design work; participates in the long range planning process of determining and prioritizing projects; identifies grant requirements and ensures compliance.

These responsibilities are typical for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge and practical experience in the:

• theories, principles, regulations, and practices of surveying, civil engineering, design, construction, and management of a variety of public works projects.

• methods and techniques of field inspection of public works projects.

• principles and practices of contract and bid specification preparation and management; federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to the environment and public works construction projects.

• project management, grant and fund administration, team leadership skills, public relations skills, risk management and problem solving techniques.

• Construction management and inspection, including interpretation of contract documents. Must have the ability to: (and verify experience of)

• use independent judgment and initiative in evaluating problems and developing innovative solutions to problems.

• accurately assess the status of construction projects and to manage projects in a timely manner and within budget.

• apply, interpret and explain complex engineering and construction information to the public, employees and officials. Effectively coordinate with others and at times work independently to meet project goals and objectives in the successful completion of projects.

• communicate effectively in oral and written form, using correct spelling and grammar for business, on both an individual basis and with groups.

• prepare and present complex reports, business correspondence and procedures.

• effectively and objectively participate in the selection of consultants.

• establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Mayor, City Council, City Administrator, Department Heads, fellow employees, the public, City Boards and Commissions.

Incumbent should have the skills to operate computer software used to design and manage public works projects. Should possess organization and time management skills. Diplomacy, professionalism, enthusiasm and strong communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and considerable experience as a design and construction engineer, including experience as an engineering project manager, OR an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job.

Licensing and Certification:

Valid Washington State driver’s license. Possession of Washington State Professional Engineer’s License is preferred, but not required.

Physical Demands / Environment

Work is primarily performed in an office setting and frequently at outdoor construction sites involving a variety of weather conditions and terrain. Work involves frequent prolonged computer use and occasional lifting or moving of objects up to 60 pounds. Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision and color vision. Work also involves operating a vehicle to get to and from construction sites. There may be exposure to hazardous physical conditions and materials, unpleasant atmospheric conditions and intense noise at construction sites. 


City Hall
38624 SE River St.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065