Department of Transportation & Mobility

Recruitment #2209-2012-001


The City of Tucson, Department of Transportation & Mobility (DTM) is seeking qualified and motivated Senior Engineer Associates to join the DTM Engineering Team.  These individuals will ideally be positioned to obtain an Engineering In Training (EIT) certification within 12 months of hire.  Upon obtaining a Professional Engineer (PE) license, these indiviudals would then have the opporttunity to be moved into the higher classification of Engineer Project Manager

General Description

Develops and manages projects and contracts. Reviews development plans. Develops and reviews project design plans and specifications.

Essential Functions

This is a lead position affording guidance to other positions performing the same tasks. This lead position also reviews workloads, assigns work and coaches employees with specialized instructions and practices for job accomplishments. Lead personnel may contribute to other employees' performance evaluations, assist with the hiring process by interviewing and making recommendations and providing input to supervisory staff.

Manages projects by developing scopes of work, managing contract schedules and budgets, developing plans and specifications, performing professional project management, directing the work of consultants and contractors, approving payment of invoices, maintaining project schedules, preparing reports, coordinating resources, and ensuring conformance with engineering standards and regulatory requirements.

Reviews and designs plans by attending meetings, coordinating requirements with other agencies, reviewing design concept reports and plans for compliance with City requirements, preparing bid documents, conducting site visits, addressing questions, coordinating work orders and plans and reviewing system capabilities and proposed enhancements.

Oversees and administers contracts by negotiating  design contract fees, reviewing and approving plans, estimates, reports and other design materials, reviewing received bids and recommending award of bid, conducting meetings, resolving issues, investigating on-site issues, preparing contract amendments, negotiating and preparing change orders, interpreting disputed contract language, issuing warnings and determining penalties for non-compliant work and reviewing and approving pay estimates.

Interacts with the public by attending neighborhood meetings, representing the City at public meetings, providing project status information to neighborhood associations and citizen committees and responding to inquiries from the public and City officials.

Prepares and reviews special provisions, construction cost estimates and construction schedules. Analyzes bids and schedules preconstruction tasks for the department.

Participates in the development of projects and programs.

Coordinates with other departments and agencies by sharing technical knowledge, providing experience on policy designs, aiding in contract administration, assisting in consultant selection, attending site investigations and providing engineering consultation on the unique needs of particular sites or problems.

Performs administrative duties by preparing, reviewing and submitting reports, preparing design change authorizations and maintaining and updating files and records.

Coordinates permits, reviews barricade plans and provides direction to contractor, inspection and administrative services staff on construction projects. Meets with the contractor regularly and documents project events daily, communicates City expectations  orally and in written form. Creates independent cost estimates and analyzes force accounts for extra work. Updates project reporting on  website and department reports and provides information for public relations reporting.

Analyzes and resolves engineering issues related to the design and operation of systems by using computer models and geographic information systems.

Ensures the computer models and geographic information systems contain accurate, precise and complete information.

Develops and upgrades policies and standards by evaluating the adequacy of standard specifications, recommending revisions, researching and investigating new materials and methods available and recommending and writing new or revised policies.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years in engineering

Relevant experience in lieu of education will be considered

Special Job Requirements

Will require an Engineering-in-Training (EIT) Certificate from the State of Arizona within 12 months of hire as a condition of passing probation. Failure to obtain the EIT during the probationary period will result in failure of probation/termination of employment.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then participate in an Resume Review process. 

An evaluation will be conducted and scored on your Resume and Letter of Interest submitted with the application materials via the resume tab in the application processe.

**Please ensure that you have uploaded a resume and letter of interest, failure to do so will result in a negative score for this portion of the process and may impact your ability to move forward in this process.**

The highest scoring applicants from the Resume Review will be invited to an Oral Board Interview:  

  • Oral Board interviews will be held on:  Date to be determined
**It is important to note that the City of Tucson uses Microsoft Teams for its virtual interviews. Please ensure that you have access to this software application, if you are not able to participate in the virtual format, please contact the H.R. Analyst listed below for other options once you have been invited to the virtual interview.**

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 20% of your rating for Education and Training
  • 10% of your rating of your Resume Review
  • 70% of your rating of your Oral Board interview

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to he DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Malena Carreon at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes. Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email and spam account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.