Civil/Construction Engineer Intern OR Engineering Technician

Secondary Roads

$69,334.00 - $73,000.00/year


Sioux City


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ENTRY SALARY:  $69.334 - $73,000   OR   $25.93 to $29.51  (Plus Benefits)       

The county will hire one employee with suitable qualifications but will consider applicants who meet qualifications for either position.  Civil Engineering Intern is a graduate engineer position.  Engineering Technician qualifications may be based on appropriate job experience or a diploma or a degree from a one or two year technical program.                                                       

Responsible for the complete and accurate performance of inspections for a variety of Secondary Roads construction projects, utilizing technical testing and equipment to assure compliance with all Federal, State and local requirements; performs various other project documentation, surveying, design and special projects as assigned by the County Engineer or his designee.   Ability to perform or assist with detailed design work on a variety of road and bridge design projects.  Assists the County Engineer in the effective and efficient performance of a variety of engineering activities associated with design and construction of roads and bridges.  May have project assignments including but not limited to office administration, supervision of the road and bridge inventory and bridge replacement program, supervision of field survey work and the safe, efficient and effective direction of Secondary Roads contract construction work with the County, under the direction of the County Engineer or his designee.

Essential Functions

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

The following duties are typical for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.   Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Assists the County Engineer in determining short and long range plans to maintain existing infrastructure including development of the five year construction program and annual Iowa DOT and county budgets.   
  • Evaluates issues and options regarding rural and municipal infrastructure and makes recommendations.
  • Assisting the County Engineer; planning, designing, and coordinating infrastructure construction and maintenance projects 
  • Plans, designs, and coordinates infrastructure construction and maintenance projects and monitors completion of all work according to project plans and specifications.
  • Determines right-of-way acquisition needs for construction and maintenance projects; negotiates for the purchase of right-of-way.   
  • Assists in the development of engineering plans and specifications; evaluates contractor bids and recommends the lowest responsible bidder to the County Engineer.
  • Conducts the inspection of a variety of construction projects, checking to assure contractor compliance with approved standards and specifications, ensures contractor compliance with time and budget parameters.
  • Inspects and tests, using a variety of procedures, the materials used in construction projects in accordance with specifications.
  •   Accurately measures, in accordance with the plans and specification, the quantities incorporated into the project.
  •   Performs follow-up inspections as required.
  •   Prepares various reports relating to construction projects, including daily diaries, field books and Iowa DOT construction forms.
  •   Responsible for reviewing contractor payrolls and project documentation.
  •   Reviews project traffic control for compliance with project plans.
  •   Participates in field and construction surveys.
  • Assists in the development of an annual budget for engineering operations and monitors adopted budget.
  •   Attendance is required

Non-Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  •   Perform various other duties related to scope of responsibility as assigned by the County Engineer

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

Minimum Education and Experience Required to Perform Essential Functions: 

  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree from an ABET certified Civil or Construction Engineering program with major course work in civil engineering, construction engineering, or a related field 
  •  Experience in county engineering related work preferred and/or extensive experience in construction and design
  •  Professional Engineer license in the state of Iowa.
  •  General knowledge of the principles, procedures and techniques of civil engineering and design
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, procedures and techniques of maintaining county infrastructure
  • General knowledge of county, state and federal policies, laws and regulations related to roads, bridges and other county infrastructure
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles of land surveying and the preparation of legal descriptions and plats.
  • Ability to exercise good engineering judgement in appraising situations and making decisions.  
  • Ability to interpret operating and maintenance manuals and technical design and maintenance standards
  • Ability to complete the design of infrastructure construction and maintenance projects
  • Ability to prepare, organize and maintain engineering field and office data
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex technical information, both orally and in writing; ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates
  • Ability to understand the operation of necessary tools and equipment
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including personal computer and knowledge of applicable software packages.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, other county departments, and the general public.
  • Candidate for hire must successfully pass a background check, a physical examination, vision, back screen and drug screen prior to employment. 

Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses


A completed County Application form and a resume are required.  

Deadline for receipt of applications shall be:  4:30 Sunday June 16th 2024.,  or until position is filled.

Woodbury County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will consider reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the Employer  

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