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Project Engineer - Development Review - City of Sammamish ( Job # 19-0023)

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Minimum Salary: $75,424.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $103,223.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Friday, April 12, 2019
(Open to current employees and the general public.)



Under the supervision of the Development Review Manager, this position serves as an in-house professional engineer. Assists in the review of development proposals and City CIP projects; and responds to citizen’s inquiries related to drainage and roadway issues.  Position is responsible for review of proposed commercial and residential development for traffic impacts, compliance with roadway and drainage standards, and facility maintenance and constructability.  Other duties includes a variety of complex engineering work associated with the planning, location, design, construction, operation, structural or maintenance of engineering projects. The Project Engineer may also act as design engineer for city street and storm drainage CIP projects.  May perform project management, construction management, inspection, field engineering for city streets and stormwater CIP projects.Because of the small size of the City staff, each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time. This is a professional position, requiring knowledge of an advanced type.  The position serves at-will at the pleasure and discretion of the City.

  • Responsible for reviewing engineering elements of commercial and private developments from the pre-application meeting to project close-out.  The Project Engineer – Development Review is responsible for the public works engineering elements in the following City permits or permits related to: subdivision, commercial site development, conditional use, clear and grade, right of way, wireless, and reasonable use exception permits.
  •  Analyzes and reviews highly complex and/or controversial development proposals during preliminary and final engineering stages for conformance to City design and construction standards, conditions of approval, codes and ordinances including SEPA; evaluate design of erosion control, storm drainage, slope stability, streets, sidewalk, power traffic control, and other infrastructure for development.
  • Interprets, applies, and ensures compliance with codes, standards, specifications, policies, and procedures; ensures compliance with standard engineering principles for review of infrastructure plans.
  • Advises and confers with City staff and developers’ representatives on acceptable design alternatives and solutions; negotiates with developers’ representatives for plan design changes; develops mitigating measures to impose as conditions on projects with unmitigated impacts. Employs considerable engineering judgment, independence, code interpretations and exploring and negotiating alternatives with project proponents.
  • Serves as the lead Public Works development reviewer in coordinating reviews from traffic and drainage reviewers.  Reviews geotechnical reports, traffic analyses, drainage reports, erosion control, traffic control and site plans during final engineering review.  Performs field visits to proposed sites to evaluate variable on-site conditions such as drainage and traffic issues for proposed development plans.
  • Reviews and provides recommendations to City Engineer on variations to the Public Works Standards.
  • Functions as the project manager for contracted additional consulting services for development review.  Reviews and coordinates comments to developers’ representatives and answers engineering related questions as needed.
  • Prepares letters, memos, and reports addressing site design, traffic impact, and drainage issues, providing recommendations for developer conditions and responding to public inquiries.
  • Provides public testimony to hearings examiners, council members, and the public as needed to present information or recommendations related to development applications.  Represent traffic and drainage reviewers at public hearings.
  • Participates in pre-application and pre-construction meetings; explains requirements of TESC, roadway, and drainage improvements as needed.  Documents, reviews, and approves all engineering related field changes.
  • Manages project close-out of bonds, final drainage reports, and construction as-builts.
  • Coordinates developer and City Capital Improvement Projects, Water and Sewer District requirements/ projects, Fire Department requirements, county, and state highway department, and other related agencies or parties.
  • Represents the Public Works Department at the Permit Center.  Answers general and technical questions regarding road, traffic, and drainage requirements.
  • Manages project schedules in a timely manner and organizes work load.
  • Provides design assistance and writes project specification documents for erosion control, storm drainage, streets, sidewalks, and other street and storm drainage infrastructure facilities for private development projects and city CIP projects.
  • Coordinates work projects with contractors, government agencies, organizations and the public.
  • Responds to requests for technical information from other agencies and for publications.
  • Good driving record and ability to drive a city vehicle.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by designated supervisors.



Knowledge of:

  • City organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Interpersonal customer relations skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Research techniques and procedures.
  • Office practices, procedures, and equipment; Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Blue Beam, Trakit, CityWorks, MS Project or similar tracking software, AutoCAD
  • Advanced roadway and stormwater facility design, construction practices and materials.
  • Practices, procedures and methods of civil engineering and design.
  • Standard specification compliance methods, the development community and contractor construction methods.
  • Federal, State, and local regulations and standards and of city and department policies and procedures.
  • Preparing and maintaining records and files, including project/program records, equipment and material purchasing and accounting.
  • Environmental processes for roadway design and construction.
  • King County Surface Water Design Manual (2016 edition).
  • Washington State Department of Ecology Storm Water Manual.
  • Erosion control practices and procedures.
  • Familiarity with the Western Washington Hydraulic Model.
  • Clear understanding of underground utilities, conflicts to avoid, separations both horizontally and vertically.
  • AASHTO Highway Geometric Roadway Design Manual.
  • WSDOT Highway Design Manual.

Skills / Abilities:

  • Interact with the public in an effective, customer friendly manner to establish and maintain effective working relationships between City staff and other organizations and City departments.
  • Get along with others and work as a member of a team.
  • Foster collaborative group process and efficiently use resources.
  • Work independently and make appropriate decisions regarding work methods and priorities.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of personal ethics and integrity along with professional engineering judgment and discretion.
  • Research and analyze complex problems and develop, recommend, and implement sound solutions.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Meet schedules and legal time lines within reasonable limits.
  • Develop comprehensive street and stormwater facility design, construction plans and specifications.
  • Analyze and develop complex engineering plans, specifications and estimates.
  • Interpret and explain City, State, Federal code and APWA guidelines, ordinances, specifications, policies, procedures and standards.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Encourage others to comply with standards and/or contract terms.
  • Utilization of AutoCAD and other civil engineering design software packages.
  • Experience with Microsoft’s Office suite of products, including but not limited to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project.
  • Read and comprehend geotechnical reports.
  • Read and comprehend traffic impact analysis reports.

Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, or a related engineering field, with a minimum three (3) years progressive experience in site development, roadway and storm drainage review and design and construction of these projects or development projects in either a municipal or consulting setting or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. 



Engineer in Training, P.E. license or the ability to obtain a Washington State Professional Engineering License within one year of hire, or a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or another closely related engineering field. A Professional Engineer is preferred.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed both in field and office settings.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of office equipment.  Position requires the ability to transport oneself to a variety of locations, primarily in and around the City of Sammamish and King County.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is required to talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.

Work is performed either outdoors and/or in the office environment and may involve travel to a variety of locations to perform site visit work attend meetings.  Employee may be exposed to noise from basic office machine operation Employee may be required to walk rough terrain and climb inclines at work sites.  Employee may also be exposed to conditions and hazards associated with construction sites, potentially hazardous materials or equipment, fumes or vapors. Vision is required by this job and includes close-in vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Duties are performed both individually and as part of a work team.  The work environment is fast-paced and moderately noisy.  Attendance at night meetings may be required, and meeting project deadlines may require working more than forty hours per week.




While performing the duties of this job the employee divides their time between an outdoor construction site setting and an indoor office environment, connected by travel in a City vehicle on city streets and sometimes-unimproved roads.



A good driving record, ability to drive a city vehicle and possession of a valid Washington State Driver’s license is required



The duties listed above 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 to the position.


This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the City and the requirements of the job change.





Sammamish City Hall
801 - 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075