Current Employment Opportunity

Professional Engineer II - Engineering Section
Environment & Energy
245 Fallbrook Blvd,  Lincoln NE
Full-time Permanent
$34.18 -  Hourly
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- Monday thru Friday

Under limited supervision of a higher-level professional engineer or an administrative official, positions perform complex licensed professional level engineer work for one or more office and/or field-based projects with diverse engineering components and requirements. Positions at this level serve as technical experts in a specialty area having significant impact, and assignments that entail responsibility for functions of significant scope and complexity. Serve as principal engineer performing specialized or diverse professional level engineering work and/or coordinating the employing agency’s professional level engineering functions. Will have independent, complex functional and coordination responsibilities requiring advanced or comprehensive engineering knowledge. Position will lead, mentor, and guide a team of lower-level professional Engineers, technical professionals, and/or paraprofessional engineering employees.

  • Plans, organizes, and directs operations and schedules of assigned engineering and maintenance functions, work units, or assigned projects to ensure project development and construction/renovation conform to laws, regulations, and agency policies and standards
  • Coordinates assigned functions/projects with employing agency divisions, offices, or sections, federal or State agencies, local governments, and/or other interested parties.  Coordinates assigned operations with other field and/or central office upper-level engineers or managers to assist them in the administration of agency divisions, offices, or sections and to resolve project planning, design, bidding, and construction issues; recommends avoidance, minimization, and mitigation strategies to ensure effective development and management of engineering functions or projects.
  • Determines engineering function, work unit or project staffing requirements based on expertise required and specific work requirements; assigns work to, trains, and monitors assigned employees, contractors, or consultants to ensure timelines and fiscal constraints are met and projects are constructed according to plans, specifications, and special provisions
  • Interprets plans for contractors and resolves problems and organizes work activities to assist them; provides project construction information to contractors, landowners, public officials, and the public; manages and reviews work of consultants; negotiates and reviews agreements between the employing agency and local governments, utilities companies, railroads, other landowners, and/or consultants.
  • Manages and reviews preliminary and final construction plans, special provisions, and plan quantities to ensure constructability, completeness, accuracy, and conformance to standards and specifications; reviews consultant plans for federal aid or State supported projects; recommends solutions, changes, and ideas for construction to agency employees, consultants, and local government officials; works with them to make changes.
  • Conducts plan-in-hand and construction in-progress inspections to ensure construction in accordance with standards, plans, and specifications; enforces agency policies and procedures.
  • Collects and analyzes information on planning, design, bidding, and construction strategies; conducts research of current industry standards and test procedures; reviews professional engineering practices and policies and publications and develops/modifies engineering policies, procedures, standards and specifications, or other directives, manuals, and publications.
  • Serves as an expert for and provides professional engineering advice about specialized, complex technical/professional engineering services, and presents technical information, program plans, and proposals to higher-level management; prepares analyses and reports about and provides technical expertise on engineering technologies, materials, and procedures to enhance agency processes and results.
  • Oversees special or long-term feasibility or professional engineering reviews or studies conducted in-house and examines such studies conducted by consulting firms, local governments, or other public agencies; prepares or evaluates documents, reports, and agreements related to these reviews or studies.
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, and evaluates the work of lower-level professional engineers, other engineers and technicians engaged in all phases of development and operation of wastewater treatment systems or public water supply systems.
  • Reviews complex facility plans, plans and specifications, construction, operational plans, operator training, and/or operation of water supply systems, swimming pools, sewage treatment plants, and/or other equipment/facilities to determine compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Negotiates with design engineers and owners on plans and specifications to approve projects as proposed or provide approval subject to required revisions.
  • Interprets federal and State laws and regulations to field staff, system owners/operators, local officials, and private citizens to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Ensures assigned programs are conducted to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Develops rules and regulations for the installation and operation of solid, liquid, or gaseous treatment, disposal facilities, swimming pools, mobile home park and public water systems
  • Initiates and maintains contacts with consulting engineers and representatives from private industry; advises and consults with other state agencies, political subdivisions, other states, and the federal government in matters related to technical field supervision.
  • Directs certification and training program for water and wastewater plant operations
  • Determines the compliance status of water and sewage systems and issues notices of violations when appropriate to ensure public safety.
  • Conducts on-site inspection of completed projects to determine compliance of water and sewage systems and the effectiveness of their operation and maintenance.
  • Gives presentations to lay and professional groups to promote environment/health issues
  • Attends meetings of associations and organizations on environmental/health issues to participate as a representative of the agency.

Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline and one year of experience performing professional level engineering assignments. Must possess a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license at the time of application and be licensed by the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects at time of employment or be able to obtain such license within 90 days of employment.

Other Requirements: Valid driver’s license or ability to provide independent transportation; ability to occasionally travel overnight; ability to lift 30 pounds; ability to climb, bend and stoop: ability to work in outdoor temperature extremes; ability to walk on uneven terrains and steep slopes; ability to maintain regular and reliable attendance required.

Preferred:  Master’s Degree in Engineering

Knowledge Of: civil engineering theories, principles, and practices of civil engineering and design; modern methods and techniques of drinking water and wastewater system construction, maintenance, and materials; legal responsibilities and ramifications associated with the work performed; federal and agency design standards, specifications, and procedures; federal and State laws and regulations applicable to the function performed; practices and terminology of computer operation and Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD); Geographic Information Systems (GIS); mathematics, surveying and material testing; engineering properties of materials and surfacing types; rehabilitation and maintenance techniques; and practical engineering concepts

Ability To: interpret, understand and implement State and federal laws and regulations, and agency standards, policies, and procedures; read interpret and evaluate engineering plans and specifications; review and approve/stamp engineering plans; understand all levels of project design; organize, analyze, and evaluate available information and draw reasonable conclusions; develop procedures and determine the logical flow of work through the work unit; plan, organize, assign and direct the work of section/unit staff; provide direction and expertise to other engineering professionals and engineering technicians; evaluate the professional and/or technical skills of assigned team members and assign work accordingly; communicate information clearly and concisely; prepare, interpret, use, and explain civil engineering plans, maps, specifications and standards and reports, communicate with the public, contractors, consultants, agency staff at all levels, and local government officials; interact with assigned worker, other agency employees, local government representatives, contractors, consultants, and the public.

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