• Saginaw, MI
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The City of Saginaw (pop. 44,202) is located in Michigan’s upper thumb region, covers 18 square miles, and is the county seat.  Saginaw is a friendly, historic, well-managed community on the Saginaw River, just 15 miles from Bay City State Park and Lake Huron’s beaches. Saginaw’s economic development focuses on Saginaw’s comparative advantages in innovation, clean energy, and continued manufacturing exports. Saginaw's entertainment hub is in the downtown area, where venues such as The Dow Event Center and the restored Temple Theatre offer live entertainment. The Saginaw Historical Society is also located downtown in an elaborate castle. 
The Assistant City Engineer is an entry level management position that enhances the successful candidate’s long-term opportunities.  This position offers upward mobility to key leadership career positions. This position is protected by collective bargaining and enjoys a defined-benefit retirement. 
About the Organization     
This position is second in command within the Rights of Way (ROW) Division that is associated with 300 miles of streets and reports directly to the City Engineer. The ROW Division includes one part-time and 19 full-time employees, including two supervisory positions. The Engineering Office Supervisor and Traffic Maintenance Foreman report directly to the Assistant Engineer. Specific areas of responsibility include engineering, traffic operations and maintenance, street lighting, radio system maintenance, assistance with public works projects, supervises all aspects of construction project implementation and acts as City Engineer in their absence.  Additional duties include: 
  • Design Engineer and Project Manager for City Public Improvement Projects, including roads, bridges, traffic control systems, sidewalks, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, water main and street lighting.
  • Assists the City Engineer with management and operation of City roads, bridges, traffic control systems, sidewalks, and utility placement.
  • Manages activities within the Traffic Maintenance and Engineering Sections to include preparation of construction plans and specifications, records and maps, inspection and construction management, land surveying, traffic management and other special projects, including selection, training, performance evaluations, and discipline. 
  • Manages and oversees work products of consulting engineers and architects.
  •  Administers records of City utilities, maps, and bridge inspections.
  • Responsible for the review of development site plans as it pertains to engineering. 
  • Works with Chief Streets Foreman, Traffic Foreman and Parks, Facilities and Cemetery Director to oversee large projects.
  • Assists with the preparation, submission, and modification of the City’s Transportation Improvement Plan for federally funded road projects and develops cost estimates related to public works projects.
  • Assists with the preparation and administration of the ROW Division budgets including annual operating budgets and 6-year capital improvement budgets.
Position Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or similar and related degree
  • Possession of a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) license, as required by the State of Michigan, or ability to obtain within two years of hire
  • Progressive design experience as an engineer and/or project engineer preferably within a municipality, county, state, or other governmental agencies or an engineering consulting firm
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of civil, mechanical, structural, hydraulic, utility, and public works engineering; knowledge of traffic engineering operations and maintenance procedures; knowledge of design requirements for various improvements and structures such as streets, bridges, storm drains, sewers and reinforced concrete structures, and knowledge of Microsoft Office, CAD, GIS, Field Manager, ProjectWise, or other computerized software traffic simulation software
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license
  • Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and training will be considered.  
Compensation and Benefits      
$79,570 – $89,844 (In process of obtaining a P.E. License) OR $82,634 – $93,304 with P.E. License.
Full benefit package includes a defined benefit pension plan of 1.5% of final average earnings and union protections.  Full family health insurance is $85/pay period Visit the City of Saginaw website for more information at: https://www.saginaw-mi.com/
Application Instructions
Application deadline is November 17, 2023. Candidates apply online with their cover letter and resume and three work-related references.  Contact Ryan Cotton at 847-380-3240, ext. 114 with questions. 

The City of Saginaw is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: November 17, 2023

Posted: 2023-11-08