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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3140

Class Designation: Civil Service

November 2007

Representation Unit: Executive and Management Employees


Engineering Manager

Under general direction, manages complex engineering work including the planning, design, construction and administration of public works projects; performs specialized engineering work in the analysis, design and construction of public works; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Engineering Manager is distinguished from the Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer in that the incumbent does not have responsibility of the entire Engineering Division. Distinguished from the Associate Engineer in the level and scope of supervision and responsibility exercised. Work is performed within a broad framework of general policy and requires creativity and resourcefulness to accomplish goals and objectives and to apply concepts, plans and strategies that may require non-traditional methods to achieve established goals and objectives.  The incumbent exercises broad judgment in defining work objectives and determining methods and systems to meet objectives.  Work is reviewed for overall results.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives general direction from the Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer; exercises direct supervision over professional and technical engineering personnel.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principle job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.
  • Manages the work of professional engineering division personnel including: assigning, planning, and reviewing work, evaluating work performance and completing performance evaluations, coordinating activities, maintaining standards, allocating personnel, selecting new employees, training, acting on employee problems, and recommending and implementing employee discipline.
  • Monitors staff's performance and coaches for improvement and development.
  • Develops and administers project budgets; reviews and coordinates financial sources for funding projects; maintains accountability for all revenue generated by division.
  • Develops, reviews and recommends approval of engineering plans and specifications, cost estimates, contract provisions, etc.
  • Prepares Requests for Proposals (RFP's) for engineering consultants and administers contracts.
  • Implements department programs and capital improvements.
  • Prepares reports, recommendations and correspondence on current and proposed projects.
  • Provides staff support and makes presentations to City Commissions, the City Council and Council committees on engineering-related items.
  • Communicates and resolves conflicts with departmental personnel and the public.
  • Keeps abreast of current engineering principles and practices, technology, regulations and literature that apply to City engineering projects including current developments in legislation and trends, which may affect the City and/or department.
  • Implements and maintains Federal, State and local mandates.
  • Reviews and edits reports prepared by support staff.
  • Coordinates projects with other City departments, agencies and utilities as required.
  • Attends and conducts meetings as required
  • Examples Of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principle job duties:
  • Coordinates projects involving multiple divisions within the Public Works Department.
  • Reviews land development cases and sets conditions on behalf of the Public Works Department.
  • Participates on interdepartmental and intradepartmental teams, committees and boards as required.
  • Assists in establishing departmental disaster plan as part of the City-wide disaster plan.
  • Performs Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) functions as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned. 
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of:
  • Civil Engineering principles and practices as applied to the field of public works, including traffic engineering, street and highway design, hydraulic and mechanical operations, water and sewer systems, and urban drainage and hydrology.
  • Professional, technical, legal and financial issues involved in municipal engineering programs.
  • Public works and construction methods and operations.
  • Consultant and construction contract administration.
  • Project management techniques, including methods of preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports and recommendations.
  • Budget preparation principles.
  • Various types of funding sources for municipal projects.
  • Management and supervisory principles and practices.
  • Various computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet and project management programs.
  • City codes and ordinances, and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations.
  • General City operations.
  • High quality customer service methodology and principles.
  • Safety regulations as required by OSHA and other regulatory agencies.
  • Hazards and generally accepted safety standards
  • Ability to:
  • Manage the work of subordinates including coaching staff for improvement and development, training, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work performance, counseling and disciplining staff and resolving grievances.
  • Evaluate, develop and implement division policy and programs to improve operations.
  • Manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Perform difficult engineering design and analysis for public works systems.
  • Negotiate project or maintenance contracts on behalf of the division.
  • Analyze complex issues, evaluate alternative solutions, develop sound conclusions, and recommend a course of action.
  • Plan, organize, assign, coordinate and manage the activities of outside contractors.
  • Interpret and apply Memoranda of Understanding, City ordinances and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations and personnel matters.
  • Develop, understand, interpret laws and execute rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Council, public officials, staff, architects, developers, contractors, the general public and others encountered in the course of work.
  • Present proposals and recommendations effectively in public meetings.
  • Develop clear, concise, and comprehensive studies, reports, and agenda items.
  • Ensure safety and professional work standards are met.
  • Apply computer technology to project scheduling and design, public works systems, and records management.
  • Read, understand and interpret technical reports, drawings, specifications, contracts, and graphs
  • License and/or Certificate

    Must possess and maintain the following:
    Registration as Civil Engineer in the State of California and an appropriate, valid California driver's license.
    Education and Experience
    Any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is qualifying.  A typical way of obtaining the necessary knowledge and abilities is:
    Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering and five years of professional civil engineering experience involving the design and construction of a variety of public works projects, at least two of which must deal directly with managing municipal projects for any combination of the following systems:  highway, sewer, drainage and water.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to use standard office equipment. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability; requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification would serve toward meeting the minimum requirements for promotion to Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer.