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City of Detroit Field Engineer in Detroit, Michigan

Field Engineer




Field Engineer


$65,455.00 - $89,706.00 Annually


314 Coleman Young Municipal Center, MI

Job Type

Certified-Regular Civil Service


Dept of Public Works

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Under general supervision, responsible for the civil engineering field work performed by the City Engineering Division. The Field Engineer performs related work as required.

Examples of Duties

  • Direct a group of technical assistants engaged in furnishing survey field work who:

  • Survey established permanent bench marks.

  • Establish line and grade for various construction projects.

  • Make land surveys for purposes or records, mapping, and assessments.

  • Supervise inspections performed by subordinates to:

  • Ensure compliance with plans and specifications on contract and departmental construction work.

  • Ensure inspections for public sewers, sewer outlets, water mains and tunnels, pumping stations, various types of buildings and structures, paving, and other construction work.

  • Test construction materials and take test borings of subsoils.

  • Plan, assign, and schedule the work of subordinates.

  • Check reports and completed work for satisfactory performance.

  • Consult with department heads, contractors and the public regarding the services rendered and the interpretation of data, rules, and specifications.

  • Suggest changes and/or improvements and approve or disapprove construction work.

  • Authorize payments to contractors on the basis of percentage of completion of project, and any contract changes.

  • Resolve inspection concerns and disputes.

  • Review time books and payroll.

  • Order field equipment and supplies.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

Five (5) years of experience in surveying and inspection work present in construction projects and the testing of materials used; preferably in a municipality including three years of experience in a supervisory capacity.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.


  • Interview: 70%

  • Evaluation of Training, Experience and Personal Qualifications: 30%

  • Total: Interview and Evaluation of Training, Experience and Personal Qualifications: 100%

  • Detroit Residency Credit: 15 points

  • Veterans' Preference: 0 to 15 points

Equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted to meet the education and experience requirement of this position.

Supplemental Information

Licenses, Certifications and Other Special Requirements:

Must be a registered professional engineer in the State of Michigan

Valid State of Michigan Operator License required

Candidates considered for placement in this classification may be subject to a Criminal Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position.

City Employees Benefits Summary


The City of Detroit offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefit package. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our employees. Part of the reason for the low turnover rate is the exceptional benefit package listed below. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:


Eligible for hospital, surgical, and prescription drug benefits after ninety-one (91) days of employment.


Eligible for dental care after sixth (6) months of employment.


Eligible for eye care after six (6)months of employment.

Life Insurance

Optional group insurance available to employee and their family. The City pays 60% of premium for first $12,500 of employee life insurance. Employee may purchase, at own expense, life insurance for spouse and each dependent.

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Income Protection Plan)

The City offers disability insurance through payroll deductions for persons who become disabled and who are not yet eligible for a service retirement.

Sick Leave

City employees accrue sick leave based on the number of regular hours worked. Full time employees earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave per year. You may carry over your unused sick leave. Effective July 7, 2012 maximum accumulation is 300 hours.



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Other Leave Policies

The City also has the following paid and unpaid leaves; funeral leave, Family and Medical Leave, jury duty, military duty leave, unpaid personal leave,


City Employees Retirement System

As a regular City employee you automatically become a member of the General Retirement System. This entitles you to a retirement allowance after:

• Completion of thirty (30) years of service; - At age sixty (60) if you have at least ten (10) years of service, or - At age sixty-five (65) with eight (8) years of service. (In the event of disability, other eligibility rules apply); • An early, actuarially reduced, retirement is offered after you have attained at least twenty-five (25) years of service; • Employees are vested after ten (10) years of service, regardless of age.

Advancement Opportunities

Employees have many opportunities for growth and career advancement throughout all City departments and divisions.

Have a successful career with the City of

Detroit. Always remember that you are a part of a team with a common Vision of delivering excellent service to the citizens of the City of Detroit.


Do you possess a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering?

  • Yes

  • No


Do you possess a Five (5) years of experience in surveying and inspection work present in construction projects and the testing of materials used; preferably in a municipality?


Do you possess at least three years of experience in a supervisory capacity?


Are you a registered professional engineer in the State of Michigan?

  • Yes

  • No


Do you possess a valid State of Michigan (Drivers) Operators license?

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question


City of Detroit


Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

2 Woodward Ave ste 316

Detroit, Michigan, 48226




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