Plans and coordinates the design activities for street, underground, and other related municipal work; assists City Engineer in directing and coordinating all department design activities such as system planning, design of sanitary and storm sewers, water mains and pumping stations, streets, alleys, resurfacing, parking lots, and right-of way designs; initiates and directs preliminary designs, studies cost estimates, and prepares related reports; initiates and drafts funding applications to Department of Transportation and other agencies; supervises bridge inspection program and pavement rating system, and reviews related maps and permits; prepares and reviews resolutions and required reports and records; coordinates work with other City departments, consultants, public and private utilities, and agencies; assists in preparing and estimating the annual Capital Improvement Program, may perform other construction activities as needed.
Supervises and prepares special assessments; participates in the selection, training, and performance evaluations of subordinate personnel; assists City Engineer with complaint matters; responds to public inquires and complaints; attends City, County, State, and various other meetings; may assist in consultant selection; may serve as consultant to other departments.
A Principal Engineer answers a variety of questions regarding municipal engineering issues, such as public improvement costs, project schedules, center line and boundary property lines, setbacks and parkway widths, flood plain and drainage; reviews plans and specifications for completeness and accuracy; checks developer's plans and specifications; reviews bids; trains new employees or temporary employees or cooperative education employees as part of the normal duties of the job; recommends changes in procedures and processes to improve efficiency; supports initiatives such as strategic planning, LEAN, and innovation; maintains prompt, predictable, and regular physical attendance; provides truthful and accurate written and verbal communications; maintains the ability to competently and credibly testify in court; maintains ability to lawfully operate designated motor vehicles at all times that duties are performed; maintains ability to travel throughout and enter all different properties in the jurisdiction; performs other duties as assigned.
This position requires emotional intelligence, work ethic, accountability, and initiative to effectively perform the duties.
A Principal Engineer may be required to work nights, overtime, weekends, and odd hours when situations require such duty. An individual in this position is also required to drive his or her own vehicle on City business for which an automobile allowance is provided. Ability to be accessible by cell phone and/or to report to the worksite outside of regular office hours, including, but not limited to, nights, weekends, holidays, etc.
Education, Training and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering; six years of recent professional civil engineering work experience in street design and construction and underground utility design, including two years of supervisory experience. Experience must be broad enough to clearly indicate the required engineering knowledge and experience and background necessary to perform the type of work as listed under "Examples of Duties".
The City of West Allis reserves the right to utilize equivalencies where deemed appropriate with regard to education and experience requirements and may consider combinations of education and experience likely to lead to success with essential duties and responsibilities.
Ability to operate a CADD system in preparation of plans and maps.
Competent with the use of an office computer/software including, but not limited to, Windows and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and Outlook), mobile devices such as an iPad, etc.
Completion of the National Incident Management System's (NIMS) ICS-100, 200 and 700 training within 6 months of appointment.
Licenses and Certifications:
Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Wisconsin is required. If you possess a Professional Civil Engineer Registration from another state, a State of Wisconsin Registration is required within 3 months of appointment.
Possession of a valid Wisconsin Driver's License and acceptable driving record per City Policy.
Knowledge and Skills:
Considerable knowledge of the application of civil engineering principles to the problems of roadways, storm and sanitary sewers, water systems, public buildings, and other public facilities; thorough knowledge of general and engineering computer applications; working knowledge of surveying methods; good knowledge of materials testing; knowledge of the principles of training and supervision; knowledge of the IES Lighting Handbook and some electrical codes.
Considerable skill in the application of engineering theory to complex field and office problems; considerable skill in interpreting and utilizing engineering plans, maps, specifications, and preparing field reports; working skill in supervising subordinate staff; considerable skill in preparing and checking complex designs, details, estimates, plans, and specifications of engineering projects; working skill in supervising others; ability to engage in continuous, active field work under variable and sometimes disagreeable weather conditions; ability to understand and effectively carry out verbal and written instructions; ability to exercise sound judgment and make sound decisions; ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment; ability to quickly adapt and learn specialized software systems and databases; knowledge of computer applications and mobile devices such as an iPad; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse population of people with varied academic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy, including, but not limited to, supervisors, coworkers and the public; demonstrated ability to promote innovation, operational excellence, and continuous improvement.
Physical Job Demands:
Possess the physical ability to perform the duties of the position including, but not limited to, occasional lifting/carrying up to 40 lbs.; frequent sitting, walking, and climbing; the ability to occasionally bend, kneel, climb, twist, stoop, crawl, squat, reach, push, pull, etc.; continuous arching of the neck; ability to continuously focus for long periods of time on projects; the ability to occasionally walk long distances and stand for long periods of time; occasional entering and exiting of a personal vehicle; and occasional driving in variable and unfavorable weather conditions.
Reference Chart: Activity Frequencies
Continuous 67 - 100% of workday Frequent 34 - 66% of workday Occasionally 1 - 33% of workday
Ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, forms, sounds, and textures associated with job-related objects, materials, and tasks.
Ability to withstand exposure to variable and unfavorable weather and working conditions including, but not limited to, temperature variations and extremes, odors, toxic agents, noise, vibrations, electrical current, vehicular traffic, and/or dust.
Additional Salary Information: West Allis Resident Incentive Pay: An employee who resides within the City of West Allis shall be granted an additional 2% on top of the established pay for their position.
Internal Number: 40-18 (O)(P)
About City of West Allis
The City of West Allis is committed to providing cost-effective municipal services and a positive and creative approach to the management and operation of the City. As such, goals for excellence in administration, which include preparation of “focused” annual objectives and action plans/strategies, use of team building, quality
improvement strategies, and administrative and technological improvements and measurement of department performance, have been adopted by the Common Council.
The City of West Allis is a municipal corporation operating under the constitution and statutes of the State of Wisconsin, and the ordinances, policies, and procedures of the City to:
•Provide cost effective municipal services consistent with the needs and desires of the citizens of the West Allis community (residences and businesses).
•Provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the community within a quality living and working environment.
•Provide a positive, progressive, and creative approach to the budget, management, and operation of the City
The City of West Allis will provide a living and working environment throughout the community ...that is focused on providing its citizens and businesses a coordinated, efficient, effective, and responsive level of services. The City of West Allis will make this community the preferred municipality in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, the state, and the country.