Area Engineer II 172 views

Oversees an Area Office and is responsible for all area office operations. Interprets, organizes, plans, schedules, executes and coordinates major technical engineering assignments; manages construction and maintenance activities, performs engineering design work, calculates costs and conducts various studies for an area office. Manages professional, technical, clerical employees and supervisors. Reports to the District Engineer. Work requires extensive contact with governmental officials and private entities. Employees at this level are virtually self-supervising and assume direct accountability for the work product.


The essential duties for this job include:

  • Directs administrative and business operation activities including human resources, training programs, inventory oversight, safety and preparation and monitoring of budgets.
  • Directs and plans project development and provides estimates.
  • Monitors signing, pavement marking and striping to ensure compliance with standards.
  • Oversees construction operations in the area office to include review of shop drawings, compliance with regulations, approval of letting advertising and conducting pre-construction meetings and public hearings.
  • Oversees Design Section operations in the area office.
  • Oversees inspection of construction projects and temporary traffic control.
  • Oversees operations of the maintenance sections to include planning and budgeting work with maintenance supervisors and district staff.
  • Oversees utility relocation/adjustment inspection.
  • Oversees, coordinates and monitors contractors’ compliance with plans and specifications; authorizes payment of estimates; resolves differences, disputes and claims; plans preparation and approval of expenditures.
  • Oversees, plans and executes emergency procedures, preparedness and response for a geographic area; as required responds to office/incident location to direct/oversee activities for emergency situations/conditions.
  • Provides direction for construction projects and contract change negotiations.
  • Responsible for material testing and construction engineering.
  • Reviews all plans prepared by the area office before transmitting to district headquarters; provides technical expertise.
  • Reviews, recommends and approves change orders.
  • Performs other job responsibilities as assigned.


The required competencies for this job include:

  • Construction engineering policies and procedures
  • Design and plan preparation methods and requirements
  • Applicable inspection methods, procedures and techniques
  • Applicable testing methods, processes and procedures
  • Arbitration, mediation and negotiation
  • Human resources management policies and practices
  • Maintenance concepts, methods, policies and requirements
  • Contract development and oversight
  • Scheduling work assignments
  • Public relations for maintaining effective working relationships with individuals and groups
  • Reviewing plans for accuracy and ensuring compliance with requirements
  • Analyzing complex business, technical and managerial problems and developing, recommending and implementing effective solutions
  • Coordinating labor, materials and equipment
  • Communicating complex ideas and information clearly, concisely and effectively


This job requires the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or a related discipline

Work Experience

This job requires the following:

  • 7 years in transportation engineering including 4 years as a Licensed Professional Engineer (LPE)
  • (Experience can be satisfied by fulltime or prorated parttime equivalent)
  • Must have three (3) years supervisory/managerial experience. Project leader or lead worker experience may substitute for supervisory/managerial experience.
  • Related graduate level education may be substituted for experience on a year per year basis.

Licenses and Certifications

The following Licenses and/or Certifications are required for this job:

  • Must have a valid Class C Driver’s License at the time of application
  • Licensed Profesional Engineer
  • Safety Impact Certificate*

*Safety Impact certifications are not required at the time of application. As required, the Safety Impact, Commercial Driver and/or Vessel Crewmember certification(s) will be issued by TxDOT at the time of hire.

Other Conditions:

  • Professional engineers licensed in another state, but not currently licensed in the State of Texas, must (1) meet the license requirements of the State of Texas Engineering Practices Act, (2) obtain a professional engineering license from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers within six (6) months of the date of hire, and (3) sign an agreement to that effect as a condition of employment.
  • This is a Safety Impact position (either Safety Impact, Commercial Driver and/or Vessel Crew Member) and will be subject to random drug testing.
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