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Engineer II/III

Job Posted 11/13/2023
El Paso County - Colorado
2880 International Circle Suite N060
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
United States
Experience Required
Degree Required
Government / Civil Service
$85,160.00 to $149,900.00 Per Year
Job Description
El Paso County Department of Public Works (DPW) is looking for a motivated engineer with strong technical and interpersonal skills, and a passion for making a difference in our community to serve as a review engineer for the Development Services team. The successful candidate will perform technical civil engineering work in the review of engineering plans, documents, and reports associated with residential, commercial, and industrial development for compliance with accepted County policies and criteria. The successful candidate will be joining a small team of professional engineers with knowledge and expertise in drainage, traffic, roadway design, and land development. Teamwork and mentorship are encouraged within the group. Training is provided for varying interests, allowing for advancement within one’s career.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications

Engineer II:
Salary Range: $ 85,160.00 - $ 127,750.00
Hiring Range $88,000.00 - $99,000.00

Engineer III:
Salary Range: $99,860.00 - 149,900.00
Hiring Range $103,500.00 - $118,000.00

This position has an anticipated work schedule of Monday – Thursday, 7:00am – 5:30pm, subject to change. Under FLSA guidelines, this position is exempt.
This position performs a variety of professional and consultative engineering duties in the field of civil engineering, such as planning, design, and project management in accordance with civil engineering principles and practices as well as County criteria. Work will be performed under the general direction of a senior level licensed professional engineer. May be assigned to Development Review, Construction Services, Capital Projects, Traffic, or Stormwater of the Engineering Division.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities
  • Accomplishes complex engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems and interpreting criteria. Provides technical assistance as necessary in the design, plan review, or production of civil engineering plans. Prepares formal and technical reports, and presentations. Provides recommendations in the resolution to complex engineering problems to successfully complete projects.
  • Accomplishes plan check review ensuring compliance with all applicable standards and criteria; ensures appropriate records are maintained. Coordinates plan review with appropriate stakeholders to ensure proposed design and plans are compatible with the County’s infrastructure and long-term plans.
  • Participates in data collection and analysis in the field of civil engineering. Prepares and reviews quantity calculations and cost estimates for engineering projects; determines and presents project feasibility based on analysis of data collected. Assists with the construction phase of development projects to ensure compliance with County land development regulations and project condition of approval; upon completion of improvements, coordinates the formal project acceptance.
  • May provide project management and engineering design in the planning and development of project plans, specifications, and estimates for assigned projects; ensures adherence to plans and specifications as well as engineering standards and criteria.
  • Communicates with various County departments, personnel, developers, engineers, architects, contractors, consultants, outside agencies, and the public to provide information regarding technical and procedural aspects of various projects; provides information regarding County criteria and standards.
  • Coordinates with Local, State, and Federal agencies during applicable phases of assigned projects.
  • Confers directly with other County Departments regarding project development, engineering design and construction of infrastructure; may be responsible for management of related projects.
  • Responsible for reviewing and ensuring projects and related plans and reports conform to County criteria.
  • Evaluates existing organizational, regulatory, and infrastructure based upon area of expertise; makes recommendations for appropriate corrective measures.
  • Recommends and assists in the preparation of criteria, procedural, or ordinance changes.
  • Assists in the preparation of staff reports and agendas for various boards and commissions. Attends and represents the County at various meetings and commission hearings. Assists in the presentation of projects to the Board of County Commissioners and other applicable governing boards and commissions.
  • Responds to questions and complaints from the public concerning engineering and public works issues.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
  • Reviews and coordinates the processing of environmental documents pursuant to National Environmental Protection Act and State requirements.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Additional Engineer III Job Duties:
  • Oversees work of lower-level engineers, including setting priorities and reviewing written reports and work products.
  • Accomplishes or provides guidance on plan check review and processing of plans for assigned projects.
  • Responsible for construction phase of development projects to ensure compliance with County land development regulations and project condition of approval; upon completion of improvements, coordinates the formal project acceptance.
  • Reviews, formulates, analyzes, and presents departmental recommendations for conditions of approval for complex and controversial projects.
  • Directs data collection and analysis in the field of civil engineering. Oversees the preparation and review of quantity calculations and cost estimates for engineering projects.
  • Performs economic analysis and value engineering for engineering projects; presents results. Determines project feasibility based on analysis of data collected and presents recommendations to others.
  • Identifies acceptable options for project design; provides clarification on criteria interpretations and specific criteria language.
  • Reviews projects for consistency with applicable adopted plans, codes, and standards; identifies any related issues and makes appropriate recommendations.
  • Prepares for project meetings by understanding the project, researching current and historical information, and evaluating criteria, County policies, and other applicable regulations.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for the division and department.
  • Recommends, prepares, and presents documents for criteria, procedural, or ordinance changes.
  • Responsible for the preparation of staff reports and agendas for various boards and commissions. Participates and/or presents projects to the Board of County Commissioners and other applicable governing boards and commissions. Provides expert testimony and responses at meetings and public hearings as needed.
  • May participate in budget preparation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of principles and practices of engineering and administration as applied to the design, methods, materials, techniques, planning, and construction of engineering projects.
  • Working knowledge of plan checking methods and the ability to exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines, including compliance with codes, criteria, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, methods, and techniques of land surveying.
  • Proficiency in computer applications, databases, and engineering-specific programs; ability to quickly learn new software. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical plans and procedures, planning and zoning regulations, applicable laws and codes, and Federal, State, and County regulations.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical and scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret reports, maps, drawings, construction plans, test data, aerial photographs, and other topographical and geological data.
  • Ability to adapt to change and new information, including adapting behavior and work methods in response to changing conditions or unexpected obstacles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to maintain effective working relationships. Ability to deliver formal presentations to groups or individuals.
  • Ability to remain informed of new standards, legislation, or practices that affect engineering or public works projects.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • Engineer III:
    • Ability to apply statistical techniques such as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis as necessary.
    • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical information, with abstract and concrete variables, in mathematical or diagram form.
    • Ability to interpret, apply, explain, and analyze applicable laws, criteria, codes, and regulations.
    • Ability to actively participate and make agreements, decisions, or commitments within the regulatory framework, in a complex, controversial, or highly political environment.
Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum four years of professional engineering experience; two years of the required experience must be in civil engineering.
  • Two years of leadership or project management experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of related education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job will be considered.
  • Engineer III:
    • Six years of progressive civil engineering experience, with three years of leadership experience of professional staff.
Preferred Education and Experience:
  • Major study in civil engineering.
  • Experience with engineering related software/programs, such as computer-aided design (CAD), geographic information systems (GIS), and MS Project.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Professional Engineer's (PE) License; possession of Colorado PE within six months after employment.
Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, and drug screen.
Work Conditions

Duties are primarily performed in an office, remote work environment, and outdoors dependent upon Department discretion and business needs. May be exposed to adverse weather conditions. Requires travel to County facilities, conferences, seminars, meetings, and outlying areas for the inspection of development, construction sites, or public work facilities. Subject to after-hours call-out.


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El Paso County (CO)
Department of Public Works - Engineering
Charles Brown Transportation & Environmental Complex
3275 Akers Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80922

2880 International Circle Suite N060
Colorado Springs CO 80910
United States
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