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21 Dec 2023

Full-Time Engineer II – Engineering & Design – Public Works

Clark County Human Resources – Posted by Clark County Human Resources Vancouver, Washington, United States

Job Description

Job Summary

Clark County Public Works is currently seeking a Civil Engineer to join its Engineering & Design Section, one of a handful of groups that make up its Engineering & Construction Division.

The 10-person Engineering and Design Section has the tight-knit feel of a small firm with access to the expertise and resources of the larger Clark County Public Works organization. The team is production oriented with a focus on design and plan production to support the County’s Capital Improvement Programs. Engineering and Design Section engineers design county infrastructure and have opportunities for career development through planning, project development, project management, emergency response assistance and other interesting and challenging work.

This position will be primarily focused on stormwater modeling and design with opportunities for civil road design, specification, and standards development.

This position is open to a range of possible career experiences and can be underfilled as an Engineer I.

This is a limited duration appointment that is expected to end on or before three years from date of hire. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible and have a designated maximum length of service. This position has potential to become permanent.

This position does have the option of a hybrid remote work schedule, however, the candidate selected must reside in either Washington or Oregon. No exceptions.

This position is represented by Local 17, Professional and Technical Employees.

Applications will be accepted until an adequate number of applications are received. This posting may close at any time after 2/29/2024 with no additional notice.





Engineer I:

  • B.S. degree in Civil or related Engineering; OR
  • High School diploma or G.E.D. and two (2) years relative engineering work experience and possession of an E.I.T. certification.


Engineer II: 

  • B.S. degree in Civil or related Engineering and two (2) years experience in an Engineering I classification or equivalent.; OR
  • High School diploma or G.E.D. and four (4) years relative engineering work experience to include a minimum of two (2) years experience in an Engineering I classification or equivalent and possession of an E.I.T. certification.


Knowledge of: Principles and practices of civil engineering and of the physical sciences (hydraulics, mechanics, etc.) involved; modern and efficient engineering methods and techniques in the design, construction and maintenance of facilities relative to one or more areas of Public Works engineering (e.g. Transportation, Design, Utility, Construction, etc.); project management, including planning, scheduling, monitoring, and problem solving; Knowledge of the application and interpretation of County regulatory codes, state regulatory and legislative requirements, court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions concerning the wide variety of engineering functions; departmental policies and procedures, work standards and codes applicable to the job.


Ability to: Establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineering and survey staff, contractors, and the public; adopt approved engineering methods and standards to the planning, design and construction of a variety of public works projects; read and interpret complex plans and specifications and  to become familiar with engineering standards; perform highly technical research work and to give reliable advice on difficult engineering problems; prepare, draft, interpret and utilize complex engineering plans, maps, specifications and reports, and to maintain orderly, accurate engineering records; perform complex and difficult engineering computations in designing major engineering projects; inspect and provide direction to technicians inspecting the work of contractors on complex engineering projects and to obtain adherence to plans and specifications; coordinate and effectively manage resources dedicated to a number of ongoing projects; communicate and express ideas effectively, orally and in writing, including public speaking; give accurate and factual testimony at hearings or trials.


Skill In: The use and care of instruments and equipment employed in the area of specialization.


Selection Process:

Resume and other documents must be attached together in the ‘Resume Upload’ section of the application.  Multiple files are allowed, but all applicant attachments must be uploaded simultaneously, as there is no way to edit or append uploaded materials after submitting the application.


Application Review (Pass/ Fail) – An online application is required.  Attaching a resume does not substitute for a completed application; incomplete applications will not pass the application review.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.


Practical Exam (Pass/Fail) – This recruitment may require a practical exam which will be job related and may include, but not limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.


Oral Interview – The interview will be job related and may include, not limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Top candidate(s) will continue in the process.


Employment references will be conducted for the final candidates and may include verification of education.


It is general policy of the County that new employees should be hired at the lower steps of the applicable range and advance through the range at the normal progression.




Examples of Duties


  • Designs, prepares and coordinates the development of construction engineering plans and specifications on major road, bridge, sewer and drainage, or traffic signal and transportation improvement projects; determines intersection, box culvert, pump station and similar designs. Develops cost estimates and recommendations towards final cost estimates.
  • Directs and participates in the development of detailed construction drawings, topographical profiles and related maps and specification sheets used in Public Works design projects planning and construction.
  • Reviews move difficult design plans and specifications for conformance to job requirements. Develops and checks more difficult specialized contract provisions, design agreements and design calculations and may attend pre-bid and pre-construction conferences to outline primary construction features.
  • Computes more difficult mathematical calculations used in developing profile, cross-sections, etc. Plots, profiles and cross-sections, figures grade lines, calculates plots and calculates traverses and similar criteria. Establishes points and elevations, proper location and drainage for streets, sewers, runways and other like structures.
  • Conducts studies and analyses on suitability of existing infrastructure facilities and general policies, and feasibility (economic, realistic) of proposed designs. Interprets results and makes recommendations, both short and long term, relative to the subject assigned. Utilizes the computer as an aid to analyzing and developing solutions to engineering problems.
  • Reviews development plans for sewer and storm drainage for compliance with County Standards. Prepares staff reports with respect to utilities for proposed developments. Designs and coordinates sewer and drainage improvement projects. Prepares summaries of design deficiencies and recommends the proper corrective action.
  • Inspects the construction of public works projects; reviews plans and specifications for contract construction work; observes the work of the contractor and verifies that it conforms to plans and specifications; checks material quantities and quality; prepares and reviews the preparation of monthly cost and progress estimates, other engineering data and final reports upon the completion of construction jobs.
  • Develops and maintains effective relations with the public.  Represents Public Works on various committees; at neighborhood organization and community meetings; public hearings; before governmental bodies and in legal processes.
  • Prepares complex technical engineering and administrative reports and develops critical correspondence and comprehensive reports in support of engineering projects and decisions.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and review of ongoing programs and existing methods   assessing job effectiveness and cost efficiencies.
  • Participates in the formulation and updating of goals and objectives consistent with the mission of the Department.
  • Prepares more difficult and administrative reports, develops correspondence, records, and comprehensive reports as assigned in support of engineering projects.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Salary Grade

Local 17 Engineers.107 – Local 17 Engineers.110



Salary Range

$33.48 – $47.27- per hour


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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 26 days.

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