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Douglas County  4080
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Pay Range GC24


This classification is responsible for the coordination of public works construction project planning and management of the County construction program, pavement program, traffic safety program, utility permitting and right-of-way program. Incumbent supervises section support staff and has responsibility for work performed within the section.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Supervise and coordinate work activities of assigned technical staff in conducting research and development of engineering plans from surveys and other available data; offer technical assistance as needed and determine best solution when problems arise. Ensure work is in compliance with appropriate regulations. Assume accountability for work performed within section. Is involved in selection, training and evaluating staff. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

2. Investigate and evaluate materials and methods for project designs; perform complex mathematical computations; assemble information; evaluate problems and prepare project alternatives; prepare schedule and cost estimates; evaluate financing options; specify materials and methods; write specifications; recommend project assignments for construction and design; prepare project budgets and plans for review; monitor budget performance.

3 Coordinate and supervise the roadway and pavement management programs; evaluate technical requirements necessary to support the systems; analyze system reports and prepare documentation for system improvement recommendations.

4. Represent the department on committees, at meetings with public utility and regulatory agencies, other departments and the community relative to assigned projects.

5. Review plans, legal descriptions and designs submitted by private engineers, surveyors and consultants to assure compliance with standards and conformance to county policy and procedures; interpret codes and determine applicable federal, state and local regulatory requirements.

6. Research and document county road rights-of-way and easement acquisitions; determine locations, make computations and prepare legal descriptions.7. Represent the County in legal proceedings regarding locations and dimensions of rights-of-way.

8. Meet with the public and private individuals/organizations to share information and deal with complaints relevant to assigned projects.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of civil engineering and surveying principles, practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of mathematics related to civil engineering and land surveying; thorough knowledge of federal and state right-of-way laws; considerable knowledge of laws, rules, codes, regulations and ordinances related to engineering and surveying projects; considerable knowledge of materials, methods and equipment used in construction. Skill in: Preparation of project plans and estimating materials and labor costs; preparation of legal descriptions; conducting research and technical report writing; the use of scientific calculators; processing information on a computer. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; interpret engineering plans and develop comprehensive project plans; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; conduct research and compile and analyze technical data; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; plan, organize, assign, coordinate and review work of staff; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, organizations, engineers and consultants, regulatory agencies and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelors degree in civil engineering, surveying or a related field and five years engineering and/or surveying experience, two of which involve lead or supervisory responsibility OR Associate degree in civil engineering, surveying or a related field and six years engineering and/or surveying experience, two of which involve lead or supervisory responsibility OR eight years engineering and/or surveying experience, two of which involve lead or supervisory responsibility OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience or training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Must possess Professional Engineer or Professional Land Surveyor registration or be able to obtain registration within six months of employment.


This classification works under the guidance of the County Engineer. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice Discretion is required tin applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibly in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within departmental policy and procedures, federal, state, county and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; standards as applied to civil engineering and surveying; engineering manuals; construction specifications manuals; safety manuals and supplier specifications. Employee uses a considerable amount of judgment in interpreting and developing guidelines.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in the office and the field. When in the office, work is sedentary; may involve hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, operating basic engineering equipment and blueprinting machinery with common exposure to chemicals and gasses. When outside in the field, work involves bending, color identification, hearing voice conversation, kneeling, lifting up to 60 pounds, operating survey equipment, pushing, stooping and walking rough terrain. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts, common exposure to pollens, dust, poison oak, traffic and fumes and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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