Engineering Manager


Organization : City of Plano Texas
Job Category : Engineering and Technology
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : TX
City : City of Plano
Salary and Benefits : See City Website

At the City of Plano, our values make us who we are and guide us as we SERVE our city.  As members of Team Plano, our organizational Values (what is most important to us) make up the acronym, SERVE (Stewardship Engaged Respectful Visionary Excellence). 

  • Through Stewardship, we are mindful of resources in a consistent and transparent manner
  • We are Engaged by being committed to the organization and its mission, the people we work with and the people we serve
  • By being Respectful we treat all people and opinions with dignity and courtesy
  • Having a Visionary approach we embrace our past achievements while maintaining a leading edge focus on short and long term successes
  • As the City of Excellence we strive to deliver programs and services that go above and beyond

Summary of Duties:  Under general supervision of Director of Engineering, the Engineering Manager oversees, manages, and coordinates the activities and operations of assigned areas of responsibility.  Provides administrative guidance to assigned staff, assist with budget development and administration, and assist in the development of long and short term strategic plans to meet the organizational and development needs of the Engineering Department


Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Provides technical assistance and information to the Director of Engineering, consultants, and City staff on matters regarding Community Investment, and/or Private Development.
  • Manages staff in the design, review, construction coordination and inspection of Community Investment, and/or Private Development projects.
  • Manages design and construction specifications and details, revisions, and requests for new material approvals.
  • Administers the professional procurement procedures for the selection of consulting engineers and contractors for the design and construction of Community Investment projects.
  • Reviews and negotiates scope of work, contracts, pay estimates, and change orders
  • Coordinates and manages updates to the Community Investment Program.
  • Approves right of way and design changes for Community Investment and/or Private Development projects.
  • Negotiates and consults with developers, consultants and contractors concerning Private Development and Community Investment requirements, pay estimates, change orders and mediates differences with contractors.
  • Manages the preparation, implementation and interpretation of the City engineering design manual, ordinances, procedures, resolutions, development agreements and special studies.
  • Manages preparation and presentation of engineering reports for Director of Engineering.
  • Selects, manages, instructs, schedules, reviews, trains and evaluates the activities of subordinate personnel.
  • Administers annual budget for division through appropriate internal controls and provides technical assistance and advice regarding revenue, expenditures, appropriations, and supplemental requests.
  • Prepares recommendations for Director of Engineering related to the annual operating and other related budgets.
  • Prepares recommendations on improvements and new construction for the City.
  • Responsible for overall coordination and fiscal management for project funding including bond funds, certificate of obligations, escrows, and outside agency funds.
  • Monitors the expenditures of street bond, water & wastewater, and municipal drainage fund accounts to ensure spending regulations are met and expenditures are consistent with City policy.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; recommends and implements resulting policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that the activities and operations of the Division are responsive to the needs of the citizens of Plano; identifies opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; identifies resource needs; reviews with appropriate management staff; implements improvements.
  • Oversees safety programs for assigned sections and work groups; assists with action planning for safety programs; responds to workers’ compensation issues.
  • Provides staff assistance to the Director; conducts a variety of studies and investigations; develops and recommends modifications to engineering programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
  • Oversees and participates in the maintenance of records and related documentation; prepares performance and other reports detailing engineering workload and activities.
  • Coordinates assigned activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations; resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Serves as staff on boards, commissions, and committees as required; represents the Director of Engineering at Planning Commission meetings; prepares and presents staff reports and other required correspondence.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays current with new trends and innovations in the field of engineering.
  • Responds to and resolves citizen and staff inquiries, concerns, and complaints in a timely and effective manner.
  • Assumes responsibility for the department in the absence of the Director of Engineering.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Decisions: The incumbent must approve final designs from multiple design alternatives evaluating constructability, economics and right-of-way requirements; negotiate with developers and consulting engineers for final designs and flood plain reclamation; approve construction details and specifications; approve CIP fund expenditures and CIP programming, and evaluate assigned staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of: Operational characteristics, services, and activities of an engineering private development program; civil engineering principles and practices; principles and practices of program development and administration; principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations; local, regional, and State land development regulations and standards; principles of business letter writing and report preparation; occupational hazards and standard safety precautions; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; customer service principles and techniques.

Skill in: Overseeing and participating in the management of the private development team; supervising, selecting, training, evaluating, and coordinating the work of assigned staff; participating in the development and administration of goals, objectives, and procedures; researching, analyzing, and evaluating new services delivery methods and techniques; preparing and administering budgets; analyzing problems and identifying alternative solutions; interpreting and applying Federal, State, and local laws and regulations; reading, interpreting, and explaining engineering and construction plans and specifications; prioritize multiple complex projects and programs within specific time frames; compile data, maintain records and files; preparing clear and concise reports; responding to requests and inquiries from the general public; representing the department during public contacts; operating office equipment including computers and supporting applications for word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.  Must possess a Professional Engineer License.  If P.E. license is not from the State of Texas, selected candidate must obtain Texas Registered Professional Engineer license within 6 months from the date of employment. 

Experience: Six (6) years of responsible civil engineering experience including two (2) years of project management, administrative, and/or supervisory responsibility.

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements

Licenses and Certifications: Valid Texas registration as a Professional Civil Engineer. Texas Class C driver’s license.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: This is primarily an office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.  Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. May be exposed to extreme heat or cold when visiting work sites or attending meetings.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required. The position also requires meeting the essential requirements of the Physical Demands and Working Conditions, with or without reasonable accommodation.

 Equal Opportunity Employer - EOE/M/F/V/D

Open positions are subject to close without notice.



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