Public Works Engineer

Public Works Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Concord

Website Town of Concord, MA


The Town of Concord, MA is seeking a Civil Engineer to join our talented Public Works engineering team. The incumbent will provide municipal engineering services relating to the design, construction and maintenance of all public works and public facilities plans. This position will also be supporting the development and growth of our engineering and management team as it relates to a wide variety of public works and private development projects.

Concord is a progressive, customer-focused municipality, and this is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with other professionals in sustainability, water, wastewater and environmental projects. Candidates must have strong communication skills and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently. Full salary range: $75,899-106,246. Starting pay based on qualifications; typically in first half of range.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  All applications will be reviewed and the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to one or more interviews.  All applicants will be notified of their standing in the process as soon as a decision has been made on their individual application.

Appointment of the final candidate will be contingent upon the results of pre-placement conditions including criminal and motor vehicle history checks, a physical exam and a drug screening.  Costs of these pre-placement requirements will be borne by the Town.

We value diversity and welcome candidates of all backgrounds to apply.


Under the general supervision of the Town Engineer, provides municipal engineering services relating to the design, construction and maintenance of all public works and public facilities projects.  Responsible for maintaining and improving upon the efficiency and effectiveness of all areas under the direction and control of the position.  Performs varied and responsible duties requiring a thorough knowledge of engineering principles and departmental operations and the exercise of judgment and initiative in completing tasks, particularly in situations not clearly defined by precedent or established procedures.  Incumbent is called upon to handle a significant amount of details, each varying from the other in substance and content, requiring incumbent to approach workload with flexibility.


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

¨      Prepares engineering designs, specifications, cost estimates and bid documents for public works and public facilities projects.

¨      Manages contracts for work performed by contractors on construction projects, inspecting work for compliance with plans and specifications, measuring work completed and maintaining field inspection notes.

¨      Assists in applying for and managing project grant funds including Chapter 90, Complete Streets, other state grants and federal grants.  Informs others of the current balance.  Fills out project requests and reimbursement requests with funding agencies including the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

¨      Researches plans and records for municipal properties and projects. 

¨      Performs technical reviews on site plans, subdivisions and engineering calculations submitted to the Town.

¨      Attends meetings, applies for permits on various public works and public facilities projects and follows up on applications with local, state and federal authorities.

¨      Provides technical assistance to other town departments, boards and commissions and assists other employees in the office on projects as necessary.

¨      Records documents as needed at the Registry of Deeds.

¨      Attends seminars on various work-related topics to keep abreast of current trends and to improve competence and skill.

¨      Performs field surveys relating to data collection and construction layout for in-house design projects.

¨      Performs special projects and related responsibilities as initiated and requested.

¨      Performs other related duties as required, directed or as the situation dictates.

¨      Regular attendance at the workplace is required.



May provide functional guidance to Associate Engineer and occasional supervision to interns. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Concord’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.



¨      Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and three to five years of progressively responsible related experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

¨      Engineer in Training Certification or ability to obtain within 12 months of hire.

¨      Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.

¨      Professional goal of obtaining a Professional Engineer’s license and a Massachusetts license in soil evaluation.



¨      Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, regulations and laws related to civil engineering and surveying.   Considerable knowledge and experience in construction, materials and operations associated with public works infrastructure including roads, sidewalks  drainage systems, dams and culverts.

¨      Ability to analyze technical issues and to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs and recommendations; ability to work effectively under time constraints to meet deadlines.

¨      Ability to deal with the public tactfully and effectively and maintain positive public relations; ability to fairly, tactfully and impartially obtain contractor compliance with project plans, specifications, standards, schedules and budgets; ability to communicate effectively and efficiently both verbally and in writing.

¨      Proficiency in AutoCAD Civil 3D, HydroCAD and GIS systems as well as basic computer skills preferred.



Employee is regularly required to walk, stand, sit, talk and hear.  Uses hands to finger, handles, feels or operates objects, tools or controls and reaches with hands and arms as in picking up paper, files and other common office objects.  Employee may infrequently lift and/or move objects weighing up to 60 pounds such as tools, equipment, supplies, etc.  Regularly operates an automobile/light truck. Employee must be able to access all levels of a construction site and traverse uneven terrain.  Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges.

While performing site inspection/observation and land surveying responsibilities, employee is frequently exposed to variable outdoor weather conditions and the hazards associated with construction sites and public works projects. 

Design and administrative work is generally performed under typical office conditions. Normal office environment, not subject to extreme variations of temperature, noise, odors, etc is performed in a moderately noisy work environment, with constant interruptions.  Frequently subjected to the demands of other individuals and the volume and /or rapidity with which tasks must be accomplished.

Operates computer, printer, plotter, video display terminal, keyboard, calculator, telephone, copier, facsimile machine and all other standard office equipment requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity. Balancing, crouching, grasping, pulling, reaching and stooping may also be required.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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