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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5343
Class Designation: Civil Service
June 2005
Representation Unit: Executive and Management Employees

Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer


Under general direction, manages the activities of the Engineering division; manages specialized engineering work in the analysis, design and construction of public works infrastructure; acts for and represents the Director in specified areas; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer is distinguished from the Public Works Director in that the incumbent does not have responsibility for the entire department.  Distinguished from division managers in that the incumbent is responsible for developing long-range plans for construction functions that cross divisional lines; and acts on behalf of the department head.  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 judgement 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 Public Works Director; provides direct supervision to managers, supervisors and support staff of the department.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Manages the work of staff including: coaching staff for improvement and development, training, assigning, reviewing and evaluating work performance; coordinating activities, maintaining standards, allocating personnel, selecting new employees, acting on employee problems and recommending and implementing employee discipline.
  • Provides leadership, maintains effective employee relations and works with other department managers in the development and retention of competent personnel.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates department plans, policies and procedures to achieve annual goals and objectives.
  • Plans, assigns and directs the design and construction of municipal engineering projects.
  • Plans, organizes, directs and reviews professional civil engineering work in the areas of development review, geographic imaging systems (GIS), permits and records, public works and water inspection, and utility standards review.
  • Manages the administration of subdivisions, vacations, easements and encroachments.
  • Reviews and recommends approval of engineering plans and specifications, cost estimates, and contract provisions.
  • Plans and develops future infrastructure for community needs.
  • Coordinates franchising licensing and grants.
  • Supervises field inspections of contract construction work.
  • Inspects field work in progress for compliance with policies, procedures, safety guidelines and work specifications.
  • Plans, assigns and directs the operations and maintenance of roads, bridges, traffic control devices and other related public infrastructure.
  • Develops and administers division budget; reviews and coordinates financial sources for funding projects; maintains accountability for all revenue generated by the Division.
  • Develops and implements department programs and capital improvements.
  • Develops and recommends a five (5) year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) of Public infrastructure projects and provides project management; conducts CIP and non-CIP review as required.
  • Conducts project and non-project field review.
  • Acts as the department liaison with internal and external teams and committees and other outside agencies including local and State officials and utility companies, the community, and other interested groups.
  • Keeps abreast of current engineering principles and practices, technology, regulations and literature that apply to City Public Works or infrastructure projects.
  • Stays abreast of current developments in legislation and trends, which may affect the City and/or department.
  • Implements and maintains Federal, State and local mandates.
  • Prepares reports and makes recommendations for City Council and commission agenda items.
  • 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 principal job duties:
  • Receives and responds to public inquiries and requests for assistance regarding current or planned projects and takes appropriate action to resolve problems.
  • Develops and reviews reports and other documents submitted by subordinates.
  • Participates in EOC operations as needed.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Civil Engineering principles and practices as applied to the field of public works, design, construction and operations including street and highway, hydraulic and mechanical operations, water and sewer systems, and urban drainage and hydrology, planning and development, inspections and GIS.
  • Professional, technical, legal and financial issues involved in municipal engineering programs.
  • Project management methods and practices, including methods of preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports and recommendations.
  • Management and supervisory principles and practices.
  • Budget preparation and administration principles and practices.
  • Applicable Federal, State and local regulations.
  • High quality customer service methodology and principles.
  • Safety regulations as required by OSHA and other regulatory agencies.
  • Hazards and safety principles involved in the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure.
  • City ordinances and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations and personnel matters.
  • General City operations.
  • Ability to
  • An Manage the work of subordinates including coaching, training, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work, counseling and disciplining staff,and resolving grievances.
  • Plan, organize, assign, coordinate and manage the activities of professional, support staff, and outside contractors.
  • Develop and monitor the division budget and establish budgetary controls.
  • Evaluate projects and determine cost-effective approaches.
  • Negotiate project or maintenance contracts on behalf of the division.
  • Analyse complex issues, evaluate alternative solutions, develop sound conclusions, and recommend a course of action.
  • Interpret and apply Memorandum 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, other department heads, staff, private and community organizations 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.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Read and understand technical reports, maps,drawings, contracts and specifications.
  • Operate office equipment including a computer, calculator, copier, and related systems such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).
  • License and/or Certificate

    Must possess and maintain the following:
  •  An appropriate, valid California driver's license.
  • A valid certificate of registration issued by he California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers.
  • Education and/or 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:
    Bachelor's degree from a college or university in Civil Engineering or a related field and eight (8) years of progressively responsible civil engineering involving the design and construction of a variety of public works projects, which includes at least five (5) years of management or supervisory experience.

    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 in addition to training and course work may serve towards meeting the minimum requirements for promotion to Public Works Director.