Engineer C (Structural Review)


City of Austin


One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704

Job Description

This position is responsible for performing a structural review of construction plans and processing permit applications related to commercial, multi-family and single-family development. This includes review of plans to determine compliance with City building codes. This position is also expected to review and comment on proposed rule adoptions or code amendments, assist with developing procedures to administer codes/ordinances and assist internal employees and the public with the integration of regulations, processes and procedures. 

This position is part of the Expedited Building Plan Review team which consists of up to 11 plan reviewers, each representing different review disciplines. The team of reviewers will perform their discipline’s review in a “live” meeting setting with the entire review team, the applicant and design professionals. The goal is to facilitate reduced plan review turnaround times and to expedite the issuance of building permits by making decisions in a collaborative, faster and thorough manner. 

  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills are needed for this position to successfully perform daily interactions with the public, construction professionals, stakeholders, and internal employees.

  • A detailed complete online City of Austin employment application is required to help us better evaluate your qualifications, and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.

  • A cover letter and resume must be submitted, but will not substitute for a complete online City of Austin employment application.

  • Employment history dates must include month and year. Please verify that the employment history, dates, month, and year, on your resume exactly match the online employment application.

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Approve, process, and seal plans/specifications/construction documents by applying engineering standardization of practices and principles of highly technical and complex calculations for applied discipline within the local and state regulatory requirements.

  2. Manage engineering projects that are technically complex, highly visible, priority projects or programs. These projects require a high level of technical proficiency as well as coordinative and administrative responsibility. May require the ability to coordinate the efforts of a multi-discipline, multi-agency project team to complete a defined assignment or CIP.

  3. Identify, evaluate, and provide improvement recommendations with preliminary and final designs and design criteria for assigned program or projects that may be complex and non routine. Provides assistance in the preparation of preliminary and long range plans, schedules, estimates, budgets, detailed final plans, specifications, special conditions and agreements. Provide technical oversight of project progress from design through completion.

  4. Develop cost estimates/track expenditures prepare cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports and studies for projects. Prepares and or provides assistance with preliminary contract documents, specifications and plans. Prepares final plans, specifications, special conditions and agreements and coordinates and oversees work of contractors, affected public agencies and utilities. Writes complex technical specifications for construction contracts.

  5. Review plans and approve permits by applying complex engineering standardization of practices and principles for applied discipline within local and state regulatory requirements.

  6. Inspect and monitor projects for legal compliance by reviewing work completed by contractors and ensuring compliance to specifications by completing complex calculations that are used to further provide analysis of preliminary results of a project.

  7. Develop cost estimates/track expenditures by reviewing and writing contract change orders in the area of technical expertise negotiates and recommends financial arrangements for changes to contract.

  8. May lead activities of a design team in the preparation of preliminary and long range plans, schedules, estimates, budgets, detail final construction plans, specifications, and agreements.

  9. Conduct field inspections of work done by contractors to ensure compliance with plans and specifications. Drafts and recommends approval of contract change orders.

  10. Research and perform statistical analysis for validation of reports and publication of results in various communication formats

  11. Develop standard operating procedures, policies, and ordinances for various contracts and/or projects. May provide analysis and recommendation of performance of various personnel assigned by contract or projects.

  12. Responsible for designing and maintain database systems for project and/or program areas.

  13. Prepare and deliver presentations to public, city council, or customers.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.

Job Requirements

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering or in a field related to the job, plus eight (8) years engineering experience acquired either before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer.

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Knowledge of ASCE 7-10, ACI 318-14, ACI 530-13, AISC 360-10, NDS 2015

  2. Knowledge of International Building Code and all applicable codes

  3. Ability to read and interpret structural and architectural drawings for complex projects

  4. Experience producing, reviewing, analyzing and/or approving design specifications and drawings for commercial projects. 

  5. Ability to communicate scientific and technical matters, both orally and in writing, to non- technical individuals to engage in problem-solving and conflict resolution; to represent the City, and to partner effectively with citizens and development professionals.

  6. Experience in post-tensioned design and construction

  7. Experience in high-rise design and construction

  8. Experience in heavy timber design and construction

  9. Experience in bridge design and construction

  10. Experience in multi-family design and construction.

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of diversified, fundamental scientific and civil engineering concepts, phenomena, and relationships, and utilize such changes in solution of theoretical or practical civil engineering problems;

  • Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry

  • Knowledge of modern methods, materials, and techniques of assigned discipline

  • Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: Civil, Environmental, Structural, Architectural, Mechanical and/or Electrical engineering terminology and techniques.

  • Knowledge of City of Austin purchasing and contract policies and procedures

  • Knowledge of applicability of established engineering principles and methods.

  • Knowledge of phases of the plans review and inspections processes.

  • Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports

  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the local and state ordinances and laws

  • Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports

  • Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution

  • Ability to perform more complex engineering computations, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry, rapidly and accurately.

  • Ability to interpret and explain maps and other related documents

  • Ability to interpret and make decisions not within established policies and practices.

  • Ability to communicate and provide direction to peers and assigned personnel

  • Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific civil engineering problems and provide practical, cost effective solutions;

  • Ability to observe, compares, or monitors objects and data to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.

  • Ability to use graphic instructions, such as blue prints, schematic drawings, layouts, or other visual aids.

  • Ability to use a personal computer, engineering applications, and data management software.



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