City Engineer

City Engineer

Infrastructure Engineers - City of Brea
Job Category
Engineering and Technology
Job Type
Full Time
Post Ref. Code
Salary and Benefits
$140,000 - $150,000 a year  
Post Date


The potential exists for the oversight and operation of City Engineering at multiple cities simultaneously.

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the activities and operations of the Engineering Services Division including the land development, capital projects, traffic engineering, and public works inspection sections within the Public Works Department.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1. Assume management responsibility for assigned engineering services and activities of the engineering services division including coordination of capital projects, land development, traffic engineering, and public works inspection sections.

2. Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

3. Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.

4. Plan, direct, coordinate and review the work plan for engineering and traffic engineering staff; assign work activities, projects, and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

5. Oversee the design of capital improvement projects; monitor design progress through periodic plan reviews; provide technical guidance to the engineering staff.

6. Perform final review of construction drawings, specifications, and cost estimates prior to signing documents.

7. Establish right-of-way and easement requirements for proposed construction projects; negotiate the acquisition of street and storm drain right-of-way as required on a project-by-project basis.

8. Perform construction management, inspection, quality control and contract administration of capital projects.

9. Oversee all phases of land development in the City including the land development approval process, design review phase, City Council approval, construction, and final approval.

10. Select, train, motivate and evaluate engineering personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

11. Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the division’s annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments.

12. Serve as the liaison for the development, capital projects, traffic engineering, and public works inspection sections with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.

13. Serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

14. Provide responsible staff assistance to the Public Works Director.

15. Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to development and capital projects division programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.

16. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of municipal civil engineering.

17. Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

18. Perform related duties as required.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics, services and activities of comprehensive municipal development, capital projects, and traffic engineering programs.

Principles and practices of civil and traffic engineering and capital improvement project management.

Principles and practices of sanitation and waterworks engineering. Principles and practices of program development and administration. Methods and techniques of engineering design review.

Principles and practices of design and construction of a wide variety of municipal capital improvement projects.

The land development approval process.

The construction of commercial and residential developments.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications. Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:

Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive municipal engineering program. Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower-level staff.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives, and procedures. Perform construction inspection, quality control and complete contract administration.

Review all environmental documents for the Environmental Services Department. Prepare and administer large program budgets.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports. Respond to citizen questions, concerns, and inquiries.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques. Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering or a related field.


Six years of increasingly responsible related engineering experience including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

License or Certificate:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license. Possession of, or ability to obtain professional registration as a civil engineer.

Possession of, or ability to obtain professional registration as a land surveyor is highly desirable.

City Engineer - Brea, CA 92821 -

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