Senior Civil Engineer

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 08, 2022
Full Time Engineering

Job Description

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Senior Civil Engineers working within the Merit System are responsible for designing public infrastructure facilities, including drainage structures, sanitary sewers, roads, bridges, and culverts using accepted civil engineering practices, jurisdiction-specific standards and specifications, and nationally recognized engineering codes, standards, or regulations. They also review proposed construction plans and work closely with external contractors to ensure they safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public; use accepted civil engineering practices; and comply with applicable codes, regulations and standards. Individuals within this job class conduct engineering studies and prepare reports and recommendations based on the study’s results. Senior Civil Engineers work with other engineer professionals as well as sub-professional engineering positions and work under the general supervision of a Chief Civil Engineer.

  • Assists with the process to announce, collect, assess, and accept bids from contractors for public infrastructure projects.
  • Interacts with parties (e.g., developers, contractors, engineers, surveyors, governmental agencies) taking part in the jurisdiction’s permitting process by providing information about permit requirements, and assisting with reviews of permit applications and plans in order to ensure that permit applications and plans meet the jurisdiction’s requirements.
  • Designs and conducts engineering studies to gather data related to existing and/or proposed infrastructure projects and prepares reports and recommendations based on the study’s results.
  • Directs and guides the activities of Civil Engineers and Engineering support staff by assigning and reviewing their work, providing technical expertise, and assists with various administrative tasks.
  • Interacts with members of the public, public officials, and other governmental agencies to investigate complaints or provide information related to public infrastructure.
  • Manages public infrastructure construction projects that were designed by engineering consultants/contractors by ensuring the construction project adheres to any approved plan, contract, or issued permit throughout all phases of construction.
  • Participates in the design phase of public infrastructure projects (e.g., drainage structures, sanitary sewers, roads, bridges, culverts, etc.) using accepted civil engineering practices, jurisdiction-specific standards and specifications, and nationally recognized engineering codes, standards, or regulations.
  • Reviews proposed construction plans to ensure they safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public; use accepted civil engineering practices; and comply with applicable codes, regulations, and standards.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.
  • Driver's license.
  • Professional Engineering License from the State of Alabama (or from a state that has reciprocity with Alabama).
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related engineering field (e.g., Structural, Environmental, etc.).
  • Experience assessing civil infrastructure and preparing and providing plans or recommendations for rehabilitation or replacement.
  • Experience preparing engineering estimates of probable cost.
  • Experience preparing and reading engineering plans.
  • Experience designing or managing civil infrastructure projects (e.g., roadway projects, sewer, stormwater systems, etc.).

  • Experience with AutoCAD or MicroStation software.
  • Supervisory or Lead worker/Team Lead experience.

  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Computer & Technology Operations.
  • Creativity & Innovation.
  • Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Use.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of basic engineering and construction methods and terminology.
  • Knowledge of basic residential, commercial and industrial construction materials.
  • Knowledge of city codes regarding right of ways alleys, ditches, and zoning codes regarding vacant lots.
  • Knowledge of engineering maps and records.
  • Knowledge of engineering mathematics and structural engineering principles in the design of reinforced concrete, steel and timber as applied to construction of buildings and other structures.
  • Knowledge of the planning, designing, construction, and maintenance of structures and altering geography to suit human needs.

Work is primarily conducted indoors in an office setting with occasional field visits to outdoor worksites. Work involves use of standard office equipment, such as computer, phone, copier, etc. Work involves the use of a variety of equipment related to inspecting construction sites including, but not limited to: calculator, measuring devices, levels, etc. Job may require exposure to potentially hazardous work conditions (e.g., working in and around traffic, construction zones, heavy equipment). Job may also require exposure to inclement weather when working outdoors (e.g., extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, etc.).

Job involves physical exertion required for sustained periods of light physical activity such as walking or standing. May involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 25 lbs.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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