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City of Detroit Senior Associate Civil Engineer-Design in Detroit, Michigan

Senior Associate Civil Engineer-Design



Senior Associate Civil Engineer-Design


$68,000.00 - $90,000.00 Annually


MI 48226, MI

Job Type

Certified-Regular Civil Service


Dept of Public Works

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Under general supervision, is in charge of the civil engineering design and preparation of plans and specifications for major municipal engineering projects.

Examples of Duties

  • Plans and supervises the work of a moderately large group of subordinate engineers and drafting technicians engaged in performing fundamental civil engineering design and feasibility studies of alternate methods of solving specific civil engineering problems; and preparing detailed designs and plans, drawings, specifications, and estimates of costs for projects.

  • Prepares plans and policies for carrying out work.

  • Assigns, reviews and approves the work of subordinates.

  • Instructs and advises workers on the more difficult phases of work.

  • Designs, selects, and approves the major design features.

  • Prepares the more important specifications.

  • Investigates and analyzes construction methods used.

  • Examines plans, specifications, and estimates for completeness and conformity with accepted design practices, polices, and procedures.

  • Prepares special studies and reports relative to matters such as alternate solutions and estimates of materials and costs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

  • Five years of experience in the design and preparation of plans for large municipal projects including two years in a supervisory or team leadership 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

  • Veteran Points: 0 to 15 points


  • Current registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.

Supplemental Information


  • Principals and methods of civil engineering design and construction.

  • Equipment and materials used in civil engineering projects.

  • Project costing, monitoring and reporting techniques.


  • Analyzing problems relating to civil engineering design and construction.

  • Supervising, prioritizing and directing the work of others.

  • Reading, understanding and evaluating engineering plans and specifications.

  • Oral and written communication.

  • Use of personal computers and common office and work related software.

  • Preparing concise technical and non-technical reports.


  • Plan and direct the activities of a moderately large group of subordinate engineers and draft technicians.

  • Estimate costs and schedules for engineering projects.

  • Interact effectively with subordinates and peers with tact and diplomacy.

  • Display initiative and resourcefulness in solving difficult and unusual engineering problems in connection with problems of civil engineering design.

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


  • Work involves office, field and plant activities.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to the class. Incumbents may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Specific job duties may vary from position to 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 five (5) years of experience in the design and preparation of plans for large municipal projects including two (2) years in a supervisory or team leadership capacity?

  • Yes

  • No


Do you possess a Professional Engineer License in the State of Michigan?

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question


City of Detroit


Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

2 Woodward Ave ste 316

Detroit, Michigan, 48226