Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline

Engineer III (N/S)

Recruitment #240405-510310-002

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for participating in a variety of engineering assignments of more than average difficulty, which may include development, construction, inspection, or maintenance of projects as well as traffic engineering and related activities. Some positions require the employee to function as a civil, traffic or right-of-way project engineer, with a high degree of technical knowledge and ability to apply principles of stormwater management and water resources, engineering.  Some areas may analyze and model drainage basins for operation or maintenance functions, in coordinating efforts to assist in proper development, implementation, and completion of majors programs and projects of city-wide basis. Other areas require the exercise of a high degree of technical knowledge and ability to apply principles of plant engineering to operations or maintenance functions, in coordinating efforts to assist in proper development, implementation, and completion of major programs and projects on a city-wide basis. Under general direction, employees exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in selecting work methods and formulating recommendations to meet program needs, objectives and goals. Work is reviewed through conferences, oral and written reports, and observation of results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Participates in design and construction of storm drainage systems, streets, sidewalks, buildings, and other municipal structures, sanitary sewers, or water systems; prepares and revises preliminary designs, cost estimates and project recommendations for inclusion in planning and design functions; participates in inspection of construction jobs, as required; provides input into submission of final "as built" plans and for maintaining and updating municipal records in the assigned area.

Reads and interprets blueprints, technical drawings and diagrams to determine proper interface configurations; prepares bid specifications and engineer’s estimate for project contracts; determines bid items and quantities for project contracts; performs calculations and prepares detailed geometric design of roadway projects; prepares design of construction-related maintenance of traffic plans and construction phasing for inclusion in project plans.

Directs or participates in preparation of rules, regulations and ordinances; provides input into development of annual department budget; coordinates plans, special studies, contracts, design, and functional requirements with municipal departments and outside sources, such as contractors, engineering firms and governmental agencies; represents department in area of work at technical meetings and conferences; maintains effective relationships with municipal and outside agencies; performs functions in administration of federal programs through coordination with municipal departments and outside agencies by understanding and interpreting federal guidelines and requirements; acts as a team leader on a project basis in order to facilitate project completion.

Assists plant manager and performs technical work in operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment facility, including lift stations and related peripheral systems and equipment, as required.

Trains professional, sub-professional, technical, and clerical personnel; completes studies, updates files, prepares plans and reports; makes recommendations with respect to future projects and preventative maintenance programs, as required.

Coordinates project work with engineering, inspectors, utilities, and contractors to keep project on schedule; acts as team leader on a project basis in order to facilitate project completion.

Prepares construction plans and specifications to facilitate construction projects; conducts field investigations/surveys/inspections to collect information/evidence when necessary; reviews plans/specifications and reports prepared by Florida Department of Transportation consultants.

Prepares construction and environmental permit applications, including actually filing, tracking and resolving of issues in order to facilitate overall construction process.

Approves or disapproves construction documents and communicates results to appropriate design professional (architect, engineer, etc.) in order to facilitate construction.

Advises public on environmental control and solid waste management rules and regulations to ensure compliance with same; locates and identifies problems in storm sewer lines and decides what remedy should be taken to fix problem; reads and interprets blueprints, surveying data, technical drawings, specifications, diagrams.

Stormwater Area:

Utilizes advanced hydraulic and hydrologic modeling tools to simulate stormwater runoff and flow patterns. Possesses a working knowledge of the XP-SWMM and ICPR4 modeling programs.

Conducts comprehensive watershed analyses and develops management plans.

Reviews utility, subdivision, planning, and Master Basin studies.

Prepares short and long-range planning study programs & explores new stormwater pollution control technologies.

Drafts and coordinates responses to residents, City Council, and City Administration; attends public meetings as necessary.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of: principles and practices of the assigned area of engineering; federal, state, and municipal rules, regulations, ordinances, and other pertinent documents; engineering developments and information related to area of assignments, such as wastewater treatment and disposal on a major scale, or traffic engineering. Knowledge of stormwater management and water resources engineering

Skills in: advanced hydraulic and hydrologic modeling software including XP-SWMM and ICPR4;

Ability to: coordinate and review the work of others engaged in a variety of engineering assignments; plan, design and prepare complete engineering plans and specifications for major projects; read and interpret engineering plans and specifications; analyze engineering data and draw sound conclusions; prepare and submit detailed, clear and concise reports, both orally and in writing; train others in the assigned area, as well as to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials and the general public.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably related to the area of assignment, and three (3) years of post-degree engineering experience with Professional Engineer license; Significant independent project completion experience required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably related to the area of assignment, and in possession of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) designation, five (5) years of post-degree engineering experience.  Significant independent project completion experience required.

Licenses or Certifications

possession of a valid Florida driver’s license required.

Departmental employees must meet established level III criterion for the current job skills matrix.

Professional Engineer License (PE) or Fundamentals of Engineering  (FE) required


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.


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