HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION FIELD SUPERVISOR
DEFINITION OF CLASS:
This is supervisory work of a paraprofessional engineering nature. Contacts are with attorneys, engineers, architects, contractors, developers, consultants, the general public, and related County personnel to exchange information, plan and coordinate operational matters, resolve problems, and provide advice and/or guidance. Generally, contacts are of a cooperative nature, but occasionally require employees of this class to interpret engineering requirements and resolve disagreements. An incumbent offers limited direct service or assistance to the public.
The employees in this class serve as supervisor for a group
of paraprofessional employees involved in road, highway and related structures
construction inspection by assigning work, providing technical direction,
coordinating activities to ensure timely completion, and providing administrative
direction and guidance. All employees in this class independently plan
and carry out assignments based on overall policy and objectives, accepted
engineering principles and practices, and available resources. The employee
determines methods and reaches conclusions independently, and completed
work is reviewed for effectiveness in meeting objectives. Guidelines,
which include industry standards, State and County codes, regulations,
and precedents are not completely applicable to the work, as when assignments
involve new or unusual situations. In such cases, employees must adapt,
modify, and/or deviate from guides or recommend changes. The complexity
of assignments performed by employees in that class is characterized by
systematic analysis of related steps, processes, and methods, and their
impact upon the enforcement of existing codes, specifications, standards
and public safety in regard to the construction of bridges, roads, and
storm drainage systems. Efforts of these employees involve a thorough
analysis of a variety of complex issues associated with managing and monitoring
professional services contracts of major scope, expenditure, and effect,
and impacts County-wide services, structures, and facilities. The employees
divide their work time between the office and the field. While working
in the field at construction sites, employees are occasionally exposed
to hazards resulting from working near construction equipment, moving
traffic, etc. The work requires occasional light physical effort such
as long periods of standing; walking over rough terrain; bending, crouching
and stooping; or lifting objects up to 50 pounds.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (Illustrative only)
Coordinates inspection of all sequences of highway construction work (i.e., plans and directs material tests of asphalt, concrete, sand, soil, brick, stone, gravel, paints, etc.; analyzes material test results to determine acceptability; prepares technical reports and position papers evaluating test results and material-related investigations; and monitors the activities and test results of private consultants).
Manages multiple construction projects within time and budget objectives. Provides interpretation of and enforces codes, specifications, standards, and public safety in regard to the construction of bridges, roads, and storm drainage systems.
Plans assignment of work; ensures sufficient quantity and quality of work; and ensures uniform enforcement of codes.
Resolves disputes with contractors, conducting office and field reviews of proposed and approved engineering drawings as necessary.
Confers with contractors concerning plans, specifications, and quality of work performed; reviews monthly progress payment requests for conformance to contract and recommends payment of invoices.
Trains subordinate personnel; provides technical guidance and assistance; and recommends performance evaluations and/or disciplinary action to higher levels.
Prepares, or directs the preparation of, correspondence for signature of senior personnel in response to citizen inquiries and complaints, and reports and records of unit activities. Performs related duties as required.
Experience: Extensive (5 years) experience in road and highway and related structures, materials and construction management, inspection and enforcement.
Education: Associates of Arts Degree in construction management or related field appropriate to the assigned position.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of the materials, methods and practices of road and accessory structure and construction.
Extensive knowledge of investigation and enforcement methods and procedures.
Extensive knowledge of improper construction practices which result in faulty, substandard or hazardous conditions.
Extensive knowledge of the State and Federal codes, laws, and regulations pertaining to materials and construction standards for roads and accessory structures.
Knowledge of construction project management involving scheduling and coordinating the interrelated component sequences of construction work using such methods as CPM (Critical Path Method). Knowledge of complex mathematics such as advanced algebra and geometry, as well as methods, equipment, and techniques relating to civil engineering.
Skill in the use of equipment such as transits and levels used to verify proper construction.
Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications and convey their meaning to others.
Ability to plan, organize, assign, and evaluate the work of paraprofessional and sub-professional engineering personnel.
Ability to apply basic engineering principles to the solution of problems.
Ability to access and manipulate data utilizing computers.
Ability to prepare technical reports.
Ability to work with coworkers, contractors, engineers, and County employees to obtain, clarify, and provide information; to resolve problems or disputes; and to provide advice or guidance.
Ability to independently perform field investigations and inspections in environments that present moderate discomforts and risks.
Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license.
Individuals appointed or promoted to this class will be required to serve a probationary period of twelve months, during which time performance will be carefully evaluated. Continuation in this class will be contingent upon successful completion of the probationary period.
MEDICAL PROTOCOL: Core Exam
Class Established: April 1988 Revised:
August 1992 (M)
January 2003 (M)
Formerly Titled: Highway Construction Field Supervisor II