City of Boston

Principal Civil Engineer

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/26/2021 8:42 AM)
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Public Works Department
Regular Full-Time
PWD Enginering Div Capital
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This is a provisional appointment.

Brief Job Description (essential functions of the position):

Under the general direction of the City Engineer, the Principal Civil Engineer assists in the supervision and direction of programs, projects and staff (Roadway, Bridge, Landfill, Plan Review, Planning and Programming) in the Engineering Division. 


Responsible for all assigned design engineering work required and plan review related to the preparation and completion of preliminary and final engineering layouts, plans, detail designs and calculations for the construction, alteration, or reconstruction of streets and sidewalks, bridges, retaining walls, footpaths, landfills, street lighting, transportation systems and related installations in the City of Boston that are to be constructed under the direct jurisdiction of the Public Works Department, or as required to fulfill the Department's responsibilities for design engineering services in matters of concern to the City of Boston, in the design and layout of similar construction programs and other activities under jurisdiction of other municipal, State, or Federal agencies or authorities, including services to consultants or contractors engaged by said agencies or authorities.  Also responsible for all work required for or related to the preparation and completion of all proposal and specification material and contract forms required in connection with contracts for the construction, alteration, reconstruction, and improvement of highway and related structures and facilities in the City of Boston, as recommended or requested by the City Engineer and as approved by the Chief of Streets or designee.  Performs other related duties as required.

Required to work any emergency as directed by the Chief of Streets or designee.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:


Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in civil engineering work in such areas as construction, survey, design, transportation, hydraulics, airport, soils and materials of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional capacity and (C) at least one year have been a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity or any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.  A degree in Civil Engineering is strongly preferred.  EIT designation or PE License is strongly desired.

Design engineering principles, standards and practices applicable to the layout, detail design, and specifications required for the construction of highways, and other related structures and appurtenances.  Knowledge of AutoCAD, Mathematics and soil mechanics and drainage principles applicable to the solution of fairly complex and diversified highway design problems, and the preparation of estimates of quantities and costs.  Applicable laws, municipal ordinances and regulations, departmental policies, and instructions.  Must have the ability to exercise good judgment and be able to focus on details as required by the job. 

Working knowledge of:
Civil Engineering principles, practices and terminology applicable to the design of highway facilities.
Construction materials, specifications, and costs as applicable.
Supervisory principles and practices.

Marked ability to:
Plan and supervise diversified design engineering work.
Apply engineering knowledge and experience to the solution of diversified design engineering programs.
Work cooperatively and effectively with others.

1) An undergraduate degree with a major in civil engineering** may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (a) experience.*
2) A graduate degree with a major in civil engineering** may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.*

**NOTE: The term civil engineering includes related engineering disciplines, such as construction, survey, hydraulics, design, transportation, structural, soils, sanitary, environmental, drafting, highway, architectural, airport and materials.

* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.  No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience.

Boston Residency Required


Union/Salary Plan/Grade: AFSCME/RA-20A
Hours:  35 per week



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