Engineer and Utility Designer IV – Mechanical Engineer

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Job Description:


Advanced, independent professional and technical engineering work requiring knowledge and application of the latest advancements in the field and knowledge of regulatory environment, and is fully accountable for work product.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under general supervision receiving technical guidance on unusual and non-typical complex problems and supervisor approval on plan proposals. Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its lack of managerial responsibility and by its emphasis on the application of advanced engineering skills, development, implementation, and interpretation of policies, and coordination of small engineering staff to a part of a major project, a total project of moderate scope, or controversial project affecting the effectiveness of the organization.

Note: The Engineer 4 / Utility Designer 4 classification is the fourth in a series of four Engineer / Utility Designer Classifications of progressively more demanding job competencies and engineering duties. It should be understood that the job competencies, duties and requirements of the Engineer / Utility Designer 1, 2 and 3 are inherently included in this position.


*This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower level duties may be required.


Depending on area of assignment:

Plans, schedules, conduct, and coordinates major engineering projects.

Performs work, which involves engineering practice, which may include a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, materials suitability, optimization of resources and design, and intricate coordination requirements.

Work requires a broad knowledge in the specialty area and thorough knowledge of principles and practices of related specialties. May be responsible for development and implementation of project budgets.

Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance and/or interpretation to others. May provide limited supervision or coordination of work of one or more subordinate engineers / utility designers, engineering technicians, and other support personnel who assist in specific discipline.

Ability to manage multiple projects or a major project often with unique or controversial issues, which have an important effect on major programs.  Work may require oversight by management.

May involve performance management responsibilities. Work requires little oversight by a more senior engineer or utility designer, which is more oriented to concept review as opposed to task delineation and calculation checking.

Requires guidance by management in addressing customer requirements.

Requires negotiating skills and diplomacy.

Ability to write specifications with overall management direction.

Designs, coordinates, evaluate, and supervise projects including planning, specifications, and construction monitoring.

Coordinates engineering projects, studies, and activities with internal departments, outside consultants, and contractors.

Assists in documenting and preparing budget estimates for submittal to the department head.

Assist in formulating operating policies.

Evaluates, selects, and applies the most current and advanced engineering techniques and procedures. Makes substantial adaptations and modifications.

Devises and develops new approaches to problems encountered.

Interpret, organizes, executes, and coordinates assignments.

Cultivates and maintains effective business relationships with other engineering personnel, customers, contractors, suppliers, and representatives of regulatory agencies.

Prepares and submits applications, operating reports, and other documentation required by regulatory agencies.

Provides consultative services to management relating to sound engineering practices.

Represents organization interests to a variety of outside groups.

Writes effective letters and complex reports.

Develops and makes technical presentations.

Attends work on continuous and regular basis.


Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited educational institution or similarly accredited non-US institution, and six (6) years of experience in the area of assigned engineering responsibility,


Master’s degree in engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited educational institution or similarly accredited non-US institution, and five (5) years of experience in the area of assigned engineering responsibility.

Note: Positions requiring the Professional Engineer (PE) certification require graduation from an ABET accredited institution and do not permit graduation from a similarly accredited institution.

Expected to keep abreast of the latest Engineering advancements in field. Continuing education required to maintain currency in assigned engineering discipline, regulatory and other related knowledge.

May require supervisory experience.



Valid Florida Class E Driver’s License required.

Valid State of Florida “Engineering Intern” license may be required for Water/Waste Water, Public Works or special project areas. Valid State of Florida Engineer-in-Training certificate may be required.

Valid State of Florida Professional Engineer license may be required depending on assigned area of work.



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