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ASSOCIATE ENGINEER - City of Gig Harbor ( Job # 19-0016)

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Minimum Salary: $39.72 per hour
Maximum Salary: $49.65 per hour
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works - Engineering
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


THE CITY OF GIG HARBOR is currently hiring for Associate Engineer in our Public Works Department.  This position is responsible for a broad range of engineering services in the area of Public Works, including grant and permit application; utility and agency coordination; design, preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates; contract administration; construction support services; program development and implementation including interagency coordination, permitting, public involvement, investigation and enforcement; development review; traffic engineering; report preparation, and other functions as assigned.

Hiring Range:  $39.72/hour - $44.68/hour

To be considered for the first review of applications, applications must be in by 8:00 AM on Monday, May 27, 2019.


Under the direct supervision of the City Engineer and general supervision of the Public Works Director, work is performed with limited supervision, and the employee has relative independence and latitude for exercising independent judgment and initiative within the scope of oral and written instructions, and established policies, guidelines, and procedures consistent with professional engineering practice.  Work involves performance of complex tasks to provide engineering support for Public Works projects and programs, and for development review to ensure technical congruence and compliance with current codes and criteria.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Principally responsible for the preparation of engineering design documents for City Capital Improvement projects using AutoCAD.  Prepares and/or reviews engineering calculations, designs, permit applications, grant applications, surveys, estimates, payment requests and other documents.
  • Performs professional engineering tasks for parks, streets, traffic, water, sanitary sewer, stormwater, construction projects, development review, and maintenance and repair activities.
  • Performs or assists in Capital Improvement project construction support services including on-site inspection, project coordination, preparation of change orders, material source review, preparation/review of progress estimates, contract records preparation and management, and contract correspondence.
  • Assists with review of development proposals and construction plans submitted for City review, determines issues and/or appropriate review comments and/or conditions relative to City infrastructure requirements, applicable rules and regulations, accepted engineering practice, and City standards; meets and discusses issues and permit/approval conditions with applicant, other agencies/departments, consultants, contractors, and/or citizens; and prepares or issues appropriate correspondence, permits, and/or approvals.
  • Coordinates projects and department activities with other departments, agencies, consultants, contractors, developers, utilities, and citizens.
  • Assists in department planning and program management, including preparation of elements of the City Comprehensive Plan, capital improvement programs, updates and revisions to the Public Works Standards, and annual budget; and development and implementation of department policies and procedures, and street and other infrastructure management functions.
  • Ensures and/or assists in the preparation of accurate and properly filed project and department documents.
  • Compiles reference information applicable to department functional areas.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices, methods and materials.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local rules and regulations pertaining to City programs, development, environmental review, construction, and public agencies.
  • Knowledge of public works operations, including street, water, sanitary sewer, stormwater maintenance activities.
  • Knowledge, skills, and ability to prepare and review designs, details, estimates, plans and specifications for development and agency projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, consultants, governmental agencies, utilities, and City staff.
  • Ability to perform complex mathematical computations including storm water system design and evaluation.
  • Skill in the use of various word processing, spread sheet, and engineering design software, including AutoCAD, WWHM, and FlowMaster.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing to groups and individuals.
  • Valid Washington state driver’s license, and ability to remain covered by the City’s insurance provider.

Work is performed both in the office and in the field, including project inspection and review involving driving to the site(s).  Work involves moderate risk conditions, such as high level noise, dust, grease or mud, moving vehicles or machines, cold and/or wet weather.  Work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, walking over rough, uneven surfaces, and recurring bending, crouching, reaching and occasional lifting of moderately heavy items.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Related Engineering field; or
  • Four years of related Engineering* experience working under the direct supervision of a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) with a City, County or Engineering related company which does considerable work for local government agencies ; and
  • State of Washington Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certification.

*”Engineering” means the “practice of engineering” as defined in RCW 18.43.020 and for this position no other equivalencies will be accepted.



The City of Gig Harbor has a generous employee leave benefit, which includes vacation, sick leave, 10 paid or pro-rated holidays annually and 2 paid or pro-rated floating holidays. The City also provides medical, vision, dental, life insurance, Employee Assistance Program participation to qualifying employees. The City of Gig Harbor is a member of the Washington Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). The City of Gig Harbor also falls under Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision and earnings from this position will not be covered under Social Security.  This position is also a part of a collective bargaining agreement with the Employee Guild, for more information click here.

How to Apply:

  • To apply for this position and future positions, please visit and select the City of Gig Harbor to find our current openings. Select the position you are applying for and select “Apply Now.” We will only be accepting online applications for this position.
  • Should you need an accommodation and/or assistance with the application process prior to the closing date, please email
  • First review of this position will be on 05/27/2019. This position will be open until filled.


City of Gig Harbor Civic Center
3510 Grandview Street
Gig Harbor, WA 98335