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City of Joliet, Roadways Engineer

Roadways Engineer (Position Code #1199)

JOB POSTING #: 24-20
DEPARTMENT:  Public Works
DIVISION:  Roadways


Plans and oversees the activities of the Roadways, Fleet Services and Forestry Divisions; does related work as required; performs basic professional engineering work in connection with design, construction and maintenance of Public Works projects related to roadway/right-of-way maintenance.


Works under the general supervision and reports to the Director of Public Works.


This position is responsible for the supervision of all Roadways, Fleet Services and Forestry Division Employees.


This is important supervisory work involving the use of good judgment, engineering and planning ability.  Direction and supervision are received from the Director of Public Works.  The work is reviewed in a general way for adherence to departmental policies.  The Roadways Engineer supervises employees engaged in street maintenance and construction and lays out and reviews their work.  The Roadways Engineer also provides support services to the Electrical and Sign Divisions in addition to supervising the Fleet Services and Forestry Divisions.


Organizes, assigns, supervises and inspects the work of the Maintenance Foremen I and II, Maintenance Workers and Motor Equipment Operators I, II and III engaged in street repair, maintenance and construction work such as cleaning, patching, resurfacing and repairing streets, curbs, sidewalks and gutters;

Organizes, assigns, supervises and inspects the work of the City Arborist and his/her employees engaged in tree trimming, tree removal, tree planting, landscape maintenance contracts and related Forestry activities;

Oversees the operations of the Fleet Division;

Works with the Finance Department to create and maintain one, five, ten and twenty-year capital plans for vehicles owned, partially owned or operated by the City of Joliet;

Plans, organizes and directs work in snow removal, sanding and salting of icy streets;

Plans for the best use of personnel and equipment on emergency shifts and regular schedules;

Investigates major complaints regarding the maintenance of streets, alleys, drainage, sidewalks and catch basins;

Investigates and recommends new technology for roadway maintenance and snow removal;

Oversees requisitions of materials and supplies as needed, makes recommendations for new equipment, oversees work records necessary for street system maintenance and construction work and the preparation of standard work and activity reports;

Performs work as assigned by the Director of Public Works;

Prepares plans, specifications and contract administration for projects such as citywide resurfacing contract, materials contracts, street resurfacing contracts and right-of-way maintenance contracts;

Works with the Engineering Division to prepare maps and schedules of street sweeping, snow removal, pavement maintenance and other Street Division tasks as required;

Establishes, coordinates, plans and recommends budgets for the Roadways, Forestry and Fleet Divisions.

Adheres, tracks and supervises the use of budgets associated with the Roadways, Forestry and Fleet Divisions.


Education and Experience:

Graduation from College or University of recognized standing with major work in Civil or Mechanical Engineering;

Extensive experience in street construction, repair and maintenance, including considerable experience at a supervisory level;

Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Comprehensive knowledge of engineering methods, materials and techniques used in municipal street construction and maintenance projects;

Thorough knowledge of the street systems of the City;

Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work;

Ability to develop working plans and coordinate street maintenance work;

Knowledge of computers and electronic and data processing software, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.;

Ability to prepare plans and reports;

Ability to read and interpret drawings and specifications;

Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and right-of-way maintenance;

Ability to direct the work of skilled employees;

Ability to get along well with the public and contractors;

Valid State of Illinois Class D Driver’s License is required.


Personal computer, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and permitting software; motor vehicle; calculator; portable radio; phone; ladder or scaffolding; tape measure and any other tools of the trade that may come into common use or be necessary to perform needed tasks


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee daily works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the field.


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


A full job description is available in Human Resources upon request.





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