The work involves responsibility for performing civil engineering work in the investigation, design and construction of public works projects and for supervising and participating in land surveys. An employee in this class is responsible for directing and participating in survey and mapping projects and for performing assignments requiring the application of engineering skills and knowledge to civil engineering projects related to the design, construction, inspection or maintenance of public works. This classification differs from other Civil Engineers in the department in that they direct the projects that require the supervision and approval of a licensed land surveyor. Supervision is received from an administrative superior who provides general instruction but employees are expected to use initiative and judgment in carrying projects to completion. Supervision may be exercised over Civil Engineers, Engineering Aides and a Right of Way Agent and other technical assistants, as the project requires. Certain assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to meet field work requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner. Does related work as required.




Determines survey needs for proposed projects; directs the search of records for property and road descriptions, survey maps, easement rights, ownership boundary titles and history; assigns and supervises the crews on property surveys, mapping and other right of way work.

Supervises and directs the determination of existing highway boundaries and property lines.

Supervises mapping and boundary stake-outs for property acquisition or sale of County properties.

May supervise and direct the preparation of right of way plans; determines all access onto county right of way and, other than the highway, all features allowed within the County right of way; checks drainage from adjacent property to determine the effect on the county highway right of way.

Negotiates with outside professional engineers, architects, land surveyors and attorneys to protect the county's interests and to preserve a safe and efficient highway corridor.

May assist the Law Department in case preparation related to survey and mapping and testifies in court as an expert witness in cases involving County land surveys.

Trains and supervises other employees in survey work.

Develops and coordinates survey procedures and standards.

Inspects surveys made by other companies for accuracy and acceptability to the department.

Acts as resident engineer on construction projects that are under contract to various contractors; supervises the inspection of all phases of work for compliance with specifications; prepares estimates and submits recommendation

on amount of money due contractors each month.

Investigates proposed bridge sites; estimates cost of proposed structures; makes preliminary design and after approval from supervisor, makes the final design; writes the specifications and prepares the bid documents; performs strength tests on proposed structures.

May supervise the program for the ongoing inspection of bridges in Onondaga County and plans for the replacement and/or repair of the structures; designs and prepares plans, specifications estimates costs and secures funding for these bridge projects; supervises, performs tests on materials and inspects the construction on bridge projects.

May design, prepare plans and specifications, estimate costs, supervise and inspect work done on maintenance buildings.




Thorough knowledge of construction specifications and their application to public works construction projects.

Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and instruments used in engineering and drafting.

Thorough knowledge of mathematics through trigonometry and its application to field surveying and engineering computations.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of land surveying.

Good knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering.

Skill in the use of engineering instruments and equipment.

Ability to develop survey procedures and standards.








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Ability to perform research related to survey information and to prepare detailed reports.

Ability to perform difficult technical computations, to make estimates and tests and to compile engineering

data and statistics.

Ability to make difficult and technical engineering drawings.

Ability to read and interpret construction plans and to gain compliance with specifications.

Ability to supervise subordinate employees.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors and the general public.





Open Competitive:


A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State

Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in Civil Engineering and three (3) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in civil engineering which must have included experience in land surveying; or,

B) Seven (7) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent in civil engineering, three (3) years of which must have been in a professional level capacity in civil engineering and which must

have included experience in land surveying; or,


C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).




Current possession of a license in land surveying from the New York State Department of Education.


3/2020 Revised