Engineer, Associate - Street Design

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $75,504.00 - $96,782.40 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Description

**This position is open until filled, applications received by June 6, 2022 will receive first consideration.**

The Public Works Engineering Division is recruiting for an Appointive position of Associate Engineer within the Engineering Street Design section.

Public Works is seeking a collaborative team member with knowledge of street design and general engineering concepts and applications to perform a variety of duties to preserve and/or improve the City's transportation system. In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the candidate must apply sound engineering and project management practices and have the ability to express and discuss ideas through effective oral and written communications to a wide variety of audiences. The Associate Engineer will work collaboratively with diverse groups to develop design solutions that are effective and supportive of City policies and practices.

Additionally, this position will spend approximately 20 hours per week assisting the City's American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator. Duties will include:
  • Reviewing plans to ensure accessible features are in compliance with federal (ADA), State, and local laws
  • Responding to accessibility questions
  • Assisting with complaint resolution
  • Assessing compliance of completed projects
  • Serving as a project team member to promote full accessibility of the public rights-of-way and City-owned properties
The ideal candidate supports in-house design of transportation facilities and has a basic understanding of the ADA and a willingness to learn. The position also conducts cost estimates and design to support traffic safety projects; such as active transportation projects and Local Improvement Districts for streets, alleys, small parks and or trails.

The Associate Engineer will be required to be proficient in all functions of the Street Design engineering group and will occasionally be required to support functions outside of their core duties; such as traffic control plans, storm drainage design, water quality design channelization, roadside safety, signage and curb ramp design. The position will be expected to be conversant in using databases, Word and Excel, GIS, and CAD.

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny , has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.


Four (4) year degree from an accredited college or university in civil or environmental engineering.

A four (4) year degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering is preferred for the work associated with this position.

Engineer in Training Certificate for advancement to pay step four or higher.
Step 4 * Annual Salary Range - 87,630 - 90,958

Some positions may require a valid Washington Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

Develop methods of data collection and results interpretation. As necessary, implement results of research studies or programs with an appropriate and effective course of action based upon outcome or findings.

Ability to communicate clearly and prepare effective oral and written communications for professional and general public use.

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, the general public, city, county, state and federal agencies while coordinating research in support of assigned department programs.

Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines.

Remain current on applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures within engineering field assigned.

Operate a personal computer and be self-reliant with operating system software to include peripheral office support equipment in order to accomplish assigned tasks. Database, CAD, and GIS experience desirable, but not required.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

To be considered for this opportunity:
Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional license and related experience. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who most closely correspond to the City of Tacoma's needs will be placed on a referral list for review and potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

Supplemental questions regarding an applicant's experience and training are also included in the application form. These questions will be used to assess candidate minimum qualifications and to provide additional information to the hiring managers regarding candidate experience.

**Applications received by June 6, 2022 will receive first consideration.**

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background and reference check.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Our City:
With a population of over 210,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible work schedules (with some job classifications), continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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