Civil Engineering Associate 2 (Federal Aid Designer) 2 Positions
Marion County, OR - Salem, OR

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Applies a wide range of engineering principles and methods in carrying out complex assignments, acts as project or program manager for engineering projects, and has responsibility for the completion of administrative functions; performs related work as required; works flexible hours including evenings as required.

Works under the supervision of the County Engineer, Senior Environmental Engineer, Civil Engineering Supervisor, Capital Projects Manager or designee.

Supervision is not a responsibility of positions in this classification. However, incumbents may act as a lead worker over lower level engineering associates, technicians, practicum students or contractors.

This is the third level of a four-level series. It represents the journey and full proficiency level. Employees at this level recognize and define engineering problems and evaluate methods for their solution, which requires a background of professional education or training and experience.

The nature and degree of complexity of the work distinguishes this class from the lower levels. At this level employees are experienced in the practice of engineering. This level is further distinguished from the lower levels by the nature of the assignments, level of decision-making, and the absence of close guidance and supervision.

Employees in this class work independently, receiving general supervision from a higher-level engineer or engineering manager who reviews work upon completion for conformance to county policy and engineering standards. Much of the technical work is completed without review.

Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Responsible for design and project development of federally funded roadway infrastructure projects on County roads.
    • Develops and tracks capital project time lines and budgets
    • Provides preliminary and final design services
    • Secures various permits and approvals
    • Provides construction engineering support
    • Manage records related to this work.
  • Performs preliminary and final engineering design using applicable computer software
    • Makes cost estimates and prepares plans and specifications for public works improvement projects, including roads, storm drains and sanitary sewers.
    • Performs hydraulic and hydrologic calculations using computer software.
    • Routinely produces preliminary and finished engineering drawings using computer aided drafting (CAD), including but not limited to AutoCad.
    • Possesses and routinely applies specialized knowledge of federal aid design requirements as managed through the ODOT in conjunction with local agency certification.
  • Acts as project manager on various federal aid projects including applying for state and federal permits, reviewing pay estimates
    • Manages project records in accordance with federal aid rules.
    • Assists with grant applications including preliminary estimates, federal prospectus and environmental work.
  • Performs misc. engineering duties as assigned, including field reviews to address issues
    • Frequently employs creative methods in addition to conventional civil engineering solutions to solve problems.
    • Assists with construction engineering work, in both the office and field, as needed.
    • May include material takeoffs, cost estimates, inspection, report writing, and calculations using computers and calculators.
  • May participate in basic incident command training and drills to maintain proficiency in supporting EOC activities
    • Carries out field work in connection with EOC operations.
    • Emergency Management duties may require working long hours outside normal business hours, weekend/holiday work, and may occur with little or no advance notice.
  • Responsible for working safely and following all applicable safety health rules.
    • Worker is responsible for reporting any unsafe condition to supervisor, crew leader or lead worker.
    • Workers are expected to stop work when conditions are unsafe and could lead to significant property damage, serious injury, or death.
Requirements for the Position:


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or a closely related engineering degree; AND
  • Four (4) years of experience applying engineering theory, principles and methods, which include (2) years in federal aid design work; OR
  • Any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience relevant to the position.
  • Preference will be given to candidates for the following; applicants need to include this information on their application for preference consideration:
    • Oregon Professional Engineering License
    • Applicable design experience with federally funded projects
    • Experience working for a public agency in a similar capacity
    • Experience working with ODOT plans and specifications
    • Experience managing similar projects.
    • Registration as an Engineer in Training (EIT).
    • The successful applicant will be fluent in computer aided roadway design, preferably using AutoCad and Carlson design software.
    • Must possess a current driver’s license in the applicant’s state of residence and an acceptable driving history. Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for selected applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services.
    • Must pass a criminal history background investigation; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this classification.
    • May be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.
    Works flexible hours according to the needs of the department. Work is performed in a general office or field environment. Office work includes the use of a computer using CAD, word processing, spreadsheet, databases, E-mail programs or programs specific to the position. Fieldwork includes working in a variety of inclement weather conditions, sometime working in close proximity to roadway traffic and construction equipment.

    Knowledge of: modern civil and environmental engineering principles and practices, with special reference to public works infrastructure at the level of local government; civil engineering materials and methods of construction; special requirements of federal aid projects; principles of project management; principles of roadway operations analysis; project funding sources and mechanisms; and the fundamentals of effective public involvement.

    Skill and Ability to: design civil and environmental engineering projects; perform complex calculations; prepare plans, specifications and cost estimates; effectively communicate in both oral and written form; establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with engineers, planners, developers, regulatory agencies, and members of the general public; engage in creative problem solving and to blend theory with practical application; to plan, document, and execute a project plan or portions of a larger complex project from inception to completion in accordance with project requirements; operate a computer and engineering related computer software.

    Performs some work within short time frames with inflexible deadlines; provides backup and support to coworkers; establishes and maintains professional and effective working relationships with customers, coworkers and other agencies; maintains punctual and regular attendance; complies with department and county policies, procedures and regulations; participates fully as a member of a team; participates fully as support to a service area or areas; participates in employee training and orientation; provides training to coworkers as requested; performs other job duties as assigned by supervisor.

    Drives a motor vehicle and maintains an acceptable driving record; traverses rough, wet and uneven terrain; lifts and carries up to 20 pounds of equipment; pushes/pulls up to 50 lbs.; moves carts weighing up to 200 lbs.; stands; sits; moves about the work area; bends forward; stoops; climbs 1 flight of stairs; crawls; reaches overhead; operates a keyboard; uses rapid mental/eye/hand coordination; sees with depth perception; reads a 12 pt. font; speaks with a clear and audible voice; distinguishes colors and shades; hears a whispered speech level and listens to discern traffic speeds, proximity and motion; exposure to smoke and dust.

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