Civil Engineer III

Alachua County

Jan 16, 2024

Salary: $81,099.20 – $97,718.40 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, public works engineering, or closely related engineering field and four years related professional engineering experience in design and management of transportation capital improvement.   Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/ experience may be considered for trainee status.

A Valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy #6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment.   If, in the past 24-month period, the applicants Motor Vehicle Record has more than three (3) moving traffic infractions or three (3) or more at fault motor vehicle accidents (or combination of both and /or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence) or is in violation of any standard mandated by Federal or State Law or Regulation, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position.   

Successful completion of all applicable background checks pre-hire and ongoing are required.

State of Florida Professional Engineer (P.E.) Registration is required within six months of employment. 

Position Summary

This is responsible administrative and professional engineering work in the review and preparation of plans, designs and specifications, and project management for public works projects related to the Transportation Capital Improvement Program (TCIP). Work involves assisting in the coordination, planning, project management and review of the work of subordinate technical employees engaged in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of public works projects related to the TCIP.

An employee in this classification serves as chief engineer and manager for a major public works function, Transportation Capital Improvement Program Division.

Work is performed under the direction of the higher-level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of results obtained.

Examples of Duties


This is an emergency essential classification.  Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.

Exudes a positive customer service focus.

Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decision with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.

Supervises, assists in planning, directing and coordinating the activities of the Transportation Capital Improvement Program Division.

Performs complex design elements related to various TCIP projects.

Reviews and approves design work of subordinate technicians and engineers.

Performs detailed review of development plans and reports prepared by private licensed engineers and ensures compliance with applicable codes and engineering standards. 

Recommends updates to development codes when necessary.

Exercises considerable autonomy in the design and management of transportation capital improvement projects.

Approves layouts and other significant design considerations for projects.

Responsible for assimilating all components of project plans, including but not limited to plans, quantities, specifications, contracts, and bid documents.

Prepares detailed scopes of work for consultants; participates in the selection process, manages consultant contracts and reviews work of consultants.

Recommends payment approval for contracts.

Prepares construction contract documents through the collaboration of the Procurement (contracts) Office.  

Serves as expert witness in court cases pertaining to design, development activities and condemnation trials.

Supervises, plans, directs and prepares engineering studies, feasibility reports, construction plans and cost estimates.

Prepares and monitors the budget for the Transportation Capital Improvement Program Division.

Coordinates engineering field surveys, and construction and maintenance activities performed by private utilities and contractors within public works.

Serves as expert advisor on construction projects to technicians and engineers on complex design/construction problems and interprets specifications as required between engineers/technicians and contractors.

Establishes training programs for subordinate engineers and technicians.

Develops major program plans, establishes methodology for project prioritization, and establishes project plans and production schedules.

Represents higher level supervisors including the  County Engineer and Public Works Director at various meetings.

Makes public presentations representing higher level supervisors including the County Engineer and Public Works Director to various groups.

Drives a County and/or personal vehicle to perform required duties.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. 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.


Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering, specifically in the areas of transportation, pavement design, drainage, construction, and management.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of project management.

Ability to develop and adhere to project schedules.

Ability to prepare complex engineering reports, feasibility reports and complex specifications.

Ability to perform and review complex engineering and mathematical calculations.

Ability to plan, direct, monitor and control the work of engineers, technicians, contractors and clerical personnel.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with contractors and other County employees.

Ability to coordinate numerous concurrent activities; ability to multitask. 

Ability to work within established parameters and time frames.

Ability to give technical and professional review to a large variety and volume of engineering plans and documents produced by staff or private registered engineers.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, including public speaking and preparing written reports and memoranda.

Ability to prepare budgets.

Ability to exercise considerable independent engineering judgment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; reach with hands and arms, and use hands to finger, handle or feel.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to construction sites, working near moving mechanical parts and heavy equipment; wet, humid conditions (non-weather); outdoor weather conditions, and extreme heat (non-weather).

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Supplemental Information

Government/Public works engineering experience desirable.