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Civil Engineer

By January 5, 2023

DDOT-District of Columbia

General Job Information
Job Summary

This position is in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT),Infrastructure Project Management Administration (IPMA), Team 3. The incumbent manages the design, delivery and completion of complex projects which typically require the knowledge of the physical sciences, mathematics underlying engineering, and specialized knowledge of mechanics of solids, particularly of soils, hydraulics, theory of structure, strength of materials, engineering geology, and /or surveying.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent serves as a technical specialist in the Bridges, Roadways and Trails Infrastructure Program.  The position manages roadway, bridge and trail design and construction projects to meet federal and local regulatory requirements and reviews roadway components of public and private projects in the public right-of-way.  The applicant shall have experience and knowledge of pavement and geometric design, hydrology and hydraulics, maintenance of traffic, itemized quantities, cost estimating and developing special specifications.  Serves as a technical specialist to management concerning advanced and/or complex civil and related engineering matters. Participates, as requested, in the development of scope, goal setting, budget processes, multi-year and long and short-range work plans, for diverse special projects as they relate to engineering concerns.  Participates in the preparation and maintenance of comprehensive project plans and schedules, especially concerning the engineering designs and plans. Coordinates to negotiate differences, to obtain cooperation in carrying out investigations, to obtain clearances, and develop solutions to complex technical problems. Participates in the oversight and inspection of construction contractors engaged in completing specified projects.

The incumbent performs program development functions, as delegated, related to the planning, designing, construction, and/or maintenance of structures and facilities. Reviews preliminary scope of work, fields inspection and provides the supervisor with recommendations of basic characteristics and desirable changes. Utilizes design software and drawing tools to complete/address advanced planning or design problems in compliance with construction and government standards. Identifies and defines the nature and scope of obscure problems, project assumptions and derives criteria from inconclusive or variable data. Reviews location survey data developed by field parties. Makes engineering inspections of construction activities and sites. Assists other staff in computing costs of alternative designs, in the review of specifications for completeness and compliance with specified trade criteria and established departmental policies and practices.  Reviews, architect’s and engineer’s design development and construction drawings submitted with applications; contractors and engineer’s systems shop drawings for compliance with applicable codes and standards, and adequacy for the intended purpose; and/or calculations to verify sizing of equipment and systems, with consideration for the facility’s needs, code requirements and standard engineering practices.

Qualifications and Education

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum required.


Combination of education and experience — college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1. Professional registration or licensure — Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. 2. Written Test — Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3. Specified academic courses — Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 4. Related curriculum — Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.


Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression.

Permit issuance for a local municipality or related field and applied knowledge of the regulations that govern public space outlined under DCMR Title 24 and DDOT’s role in permit issuance in the District of Columbia. General knowledge of pedestrian and traffic safety, engineering concepts and street construction projects is highly preferred.

Licenses and Certifications

A Professional Engineer (PE) license is preferred.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Work Environment

The majority of the work is in an office setting; however, during field visits the incumbent must be able to move around construction sites, involving horizontal and vertical travel on unfinished surfaces, inclement weather conditions, and noisy work areas.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty:  Varies

Duration of Appointment:  Career Service – Regular

Promotion Potential:  No known promotion potential

Pay Plan, Series and Grade:  CS-0810-13

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 2978 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee (dues) through direct payroll deduction.

Position Designation:  This position has been designated as security sensitive therefore the incumbent of this position will be subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC Personnel Regulations, Suitability and as such, incumbents of this position shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and mandatory drug and alcohol testing, as applicable.

Emergency Designation: This position has been designated as an essential employee position under the provisions of District Personnel Manual, Chapter 12.  As such, your services may be required in emergency situations to perform crucial duties, i.e., snow removal, debris removal, transportation, shelter operations, food distribution, and communication.  These duties may be performed when the government is closed or when most employees are dismissed early.

Employee Benefits May Include:

DDOT is an employer of choice for any job seeker who has passion, energy, and enthusiasm about our city.  Employee benefits include:

Health and life insurance benefits and retirement benefits (More information about these benefits is available on the D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) website at www.dchr.dc.gov.)
Complimentary Capital BikeShare Membership
Free rides on DC Circulator buses
Continued professional development, and professional growth through d.University, the in-house training available for all DDOT employees
Flexible work schedule (team and role dependent)
Employer assisted housing loan program, providing payment and/or closing cost financing for first-time home buyers (restrictions apply)
EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

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