City of Detroit Associate Civil Engineer (Employment Opportunity) in Detroit, Michigan

Associate Civil Engineer (Employment Opportunity)


$48,435.00 - $69,568.00 Annually


MI 48226, MI

Job Type

Certified-Regular Civil Service


Department of Public works

Job Number


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Under general supervision, prepares civil engineering designs and specifications for the more difficult and less routine phases of major municipal engineering projects.

Examples of Duties

  • Analyzes project scope.

  • Reviews and evaluates field conditions and data.

  • Develops and designs engineering solutions.

  • Manages preparation of engineering construction plans.

  • Ensures construction is in conformance with plans, specifications, budget, codes and applicable standards.

  • Manages and interprets construction projects and plans.

  • Creates project documents.

  • Prepares and maintains records and reports.

  • Oversees, supervises, and inspects work of contractors or other city workforce, as needed.

  • Manages and supervises inspectors and other staff assigned to projects.

  • Determines work priorities.

  • Reviews work prepared by other team members.

  • Instructs, counsels, mentors, and advises project team and subordinates on assignments and difficult tasks to see that work is performed satisfactorily to meet expected standards.

  • Consults with supervisor on work assignments and personnel matters such as promotions, transfers, and disciplinary actions and grievances.

  • Initiates and directs training of subordinates and colleagues.

  • Represents the department/division with individual or groups of citizens, public agencies or with private groups.

  • Prepares and evaluates requests for proposal for consultant services, specialized services and other material used by the department/division.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Completion of some coursework in construction management is preferred.

  • Three years of experience in designing and preparing specifications for civil engineering projects.

  • One year of experience in civil engineering field work is preferred.


  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan required.

Supplemental Information


  • Oral Appraisal - 80%

  • Evaluation of TEP - 20%

  • Portfolio (Work Sample) - Pass / Fail

  • Domicile Credit: Points up to 15% (City of Detroit Residents must verify residency for the 12 months prior to application).

  • Veterans' Preference Points up to 15 points


  • Principles and methods of civil engineering design and construction.

  • Construction methods as applied to municipal engineering.

  • Equipment and materials used in civil engineering projects.

  • Project costing, monitoring and reporting techniques.

  • City of Detroit and Michigan Department of Transportation standards and specifications.

  • Michigan Department of Transportation's Field Manager software system.

  • Federal Highway Administration rules and regulations.


  • Analyzing problems relating to civil engineering design and construction.

  • Supervising, prioritizing and directing the work of others.

  • Reading, understanding and evaluating engineering plans and specifications.

  • Oral and written communication.

  • Use of personal computers and common office and work-related software.

  • Preparing concise technical and non-technical reports.


  • Plan and direct the activities of a small group of subordinate engineers and Drafting Technicians.

  • Estimate costs and schedules for engineering projects.

  • Interact effectively with subordinates and peers with tact and diplomacy.

  • Display initiative and resourcefulness in solving difficult and unusual engineering problems in connection with problems of civil engineering design and construction methods.


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Candidates considered for placement in this classification may be subject to a Criminal Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to the class. Incumbents may be required to perform job related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Specific job duties may vary from position to position.

City Employees Benefits Summary


The City of Detroit offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefit package. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our employees. Part of the reason for the low turnover rate is the exceptional benefit package listed below. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:


Eligible for hospital, surgical, and prescription drug benefits after ninety-one (91) days of employment.


Eligible for dental care after sixth (6) months of employment.


Eligible for eye care after six (6)months of employment.

Life Insurance

Optional group insurance available to employee and their family. The City pays 60% of premium for first $12,500 of employee life insurance. Employee may purchase, at own expense, life insurance for spouse and each dependent.

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Income Protection Plan)

The City offers disability insurance through payroll deductions for persons who become disabled and who are not yet eligible for a service retirement.



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Sick Leave

City employees accrue sick leave based on the number of regular hours worked. Full time employees earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave per year. You may carry over your unused sick leave. Effective July 7, 2012 maximum accumulation is 300 hours.

Other Leave Policies

The City also has the following paid and unpaid leaves; funeral leave, Family and Medical Leave, jury duty, military duty leave, unpaid personal leave,


City Employees Retirement System

As a regular City employee you automatically become a member of the General Retirement System. This entitles you to a retirement allowance after:

• Completion of thirty (30) years of service; - At age sixty (60) if you have at least ten (10) years of service, or - At age sixty-five (65) with eight (8) years of service. (In the event of disability, other eligibility rules apply); • An early, actuarially reduced, retirement is offered after you have attained at least twenty-five (25) years of service; • Employees are vested after ten (10) years of service, regardless of age.

Advancement Opportunities

Employees have many opportunities for growth and career advancement throughout all City departments and divisions.

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Detroit. Always remember that you are a part of a team with a common Vision of delivering excellent service to the citizens of the City of Detroit.


Do you possess a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering - completion of some coursework in construction management is preferred?

  • yes

  • no


Do you have three (3) years of experience in designing and preparing specifications for civil engineering projects?

  • yes

  • no


Do you have one (1) year of experience in civil engineering field work is preferred?

  • yes

  • no


Do you possess a Registration Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan?

  • yes

  • no

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