Graduate Engineer Job Opening

Graduate Engineer

City of Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
$70,290.00 - $93,271.00 a year


This position performs engineering and project management functions associated with city engineering projects.

Essential Functions

The following duties are normal for this classification. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. Specific duties listed may not be required for all positions within this classification, but are determined by the normal requirements for the particular position.

  • Assists with the design of engineering projects; prepares preliminary drawings and final working plans for construction projects; prepares specifications and cost estimates for traffic and road construction, potable and raw water construction, storm drainage construction, and wastewater construction; inspects traffic control and road construction projects, potable and raw water construction, drainage construction, and wastewater construction; monitors status of work in progress.
  • Prepares and reviews cost estimates for projects; schedules dates for construction starts; compiles and prepares data for project bids; makes final inspections of project; approves final payment for services.
  • Serves as project manager for municipal projects; confers with contractors on project progress; consults and advises contractors on the interpretation and enforcement of construction contract provisions; oversees engineering work involving the location, design, construction, and maintenance of traffic control and road systems, potable and raw water systems, storm drainage systems, and wastewater systems.
  • Consults with supervisors, engineers, contractors, developers, and other agency officials to review departmental operations, discuss problems, coordinate activities, develop plans, provide technical expertise, and receive advice and direction.
  • Attends meetings as required; responds to questions and requests for information and assistance by telephone or in person from the general public, coworkers, the news media, and public officials; meets with citizens and investigates complaints about public infrastructure.
  • Researches easements; obtains easements from property owners; explains engineering plans to citizens affected by public infrastructure projects; oversees the acquisition of easements for municipal projects.
  • Locates city limits, police jurisdictions, and street rights-of-way; draws plans and profiles of sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and highways; draws as-built plans; completes standard detail drawings.
  • Assists with the establishment and implementation of the geographical information system (GIS) to include base city map, road system, sanitary system, storm sewer system, potable water system, traffic control system, city limits, police jurisdictions, planning jurisdictions, natural gas distribution system, power line, and other data.
  • Performs research functions; reads and interprets maps, construction plans, and blueprints.
  • Performs related duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Alabama for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Minimum Requirements to Perform Essential Job Functions


  • Knowledge of city and department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations and standards for public works infrastructure design.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of transportation, sanitary sewer collection, water distribution, and storm drainage engineering principles.
  • Knowledge of industry standards and best practices.
  • Knowledge of contracts and construction documents.
  • Knowledge of city ordinances and codes.
  • Skill in performing engineering computations and in preparing engineering designs.
  • Skill in using independent judgment and discretion.
  • Skill in prioritizing, scheduling, and delegating assignments.
  • Skill in operating modern office equipment.
  • Skill in analyzing, interpreting, and preparing reports.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in working under pressure and meeting deadlines.
  • Skill in exercising professional engineering judgment to achieve results consistent with objectives.


The City Engineer assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.


Guidelines include the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the AASHTO "Green Book" Roadside Design Guide, the Highway Capacity Manual, ALDOT Standard Specifications, the AWWA Manual, city codes, and relevant state and federal regulations. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.

  • The work consists of varied technical, professional, managerial, and administrative duties. The varied nature of projects contributes to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to perform professional engineering and project management duties in support of city engineering projects. Successful performance contributes to a safe, well-maintained, and efficient city infrastructure.

  • Contacts are typically with co?workers, other city employees, accountants, lawyers, elected and appointed officials, planners, contractors, consulting engineers, developers, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to exchange information, motivate persons, negotiate matters, resolve problems, and provide services.

  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping.
  • The work is typically performed in an office and sometimes outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather.


This position may have functional supervision over assigned personnel.

The City of Tuscaloosa offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time permanent employees that includes retirement, vacation and illness leave, paid holidays, medical and dental insurance, flexible spending account, life insurance, and other supplemental insurances and deferred retirement saving plans.

For a more detailed overview of our benefits package, please visit the Employee Benefits Summary within our website or contact the Human Resource Department at (205) 248-5230.