Civil Engineer IV / District Snow and Ice-Roadsides Operations Engineer

Job Details

This listing closes on 2/11/2014 at 12:59 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada).


$64,217.62 - $89,056.03 Annually


Taunton, MA

Job Type

Full time


Highway - District 5

Job Number


Closing date and time

2/11/2014 at 12:59 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Duties & Responsibilities

Incumbents of positions in this series prepare or review plans, designs, specifications and cost estimates for engineering projects; prepare and/or review reports, studies and analytical data; perform calculations relating to engineering problems; perform engineering surveys; inspect construction and/or maintenance work; and perform professional engineering duties in such areas as highways, bridges, buildings and facilities all in accordance with sound engineering principles, applicable laws, regulations and standards.
Duties include:

Incumbent must be available 24/7 to direct and respond to weather and other roadway emergencies.

Supervises engineering personnel of various levels assigned to the Snow & Ice/Roadside Units Highway Maintenance Operations Section, including the operation of the communications room.

Assigns work to subordinates commensurate with their position titles and prioritizes work assignments based on Maintenance Section goals and expectations.

Ensures District has sufficient resources to address roadway conditions during snow and ice events; deicing materials, personnel assignments, vendor contracts, equipment, etc.; oversees salt shed repair contracts.

Monitors weather patterns and reports during and prior to snow and ice events to ensure proper; timing of equipment/personnel call-ins, equipment/personnel numbers and their eventual release. Monitors roadway conditions during Snow and Ice events.

Oversees contracted work and ensures proper payment and completion of required contract paper work through the finals process.

Reviews and issues proper payment to Snow & Ice vendors; including material suppliers.

Designs and/or reviews and submits maintenance projects to PS&E stage including the Herbicide Application Contract in accordance with the Yearly Operational Plan, agency policy, and standards.

Provides direct oversight of the District's Litter programs (inmate, personnel, trial courts, annual community events, sponsor a highway, and adopt-a-highway programs). Includes budgeting, developing an annual schedule and tracking and reporting on daily litter picking efforts.

Receives calls/complaints from citizens, local and regional elected and appointed officials related to area of responsibility, investigates the problem and takes appropriate action. Tracks and prioritizes requests and follows through to ensure work in completed satisfactorily and in a timely manner.

Responds to correspondence for District Highway Director, Administrator, or Secretary’s signature.

Performs a variety of functions related to employee supervision including, delegating work commensurate with staff titles, EPRS, employee discipline, review of weekly time sheets, review of personnel policies, etc.

Represents the District/Agency at various meetings; private development, pre-construction conferences, conservation commissions.

Attends and/or coordinates annual training as required to maintain skill levels required and expected of the position; computer software training, SIMS, Snow and Ice Training, design/inspection training, policy changes, supervisory/management training, environmental, Right to Know, etc.

Oversees the District's communication room.

Other duties as assigned.


Applicants for this position must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate engineering discipline and E.I.T. certification or P.E. registration for appointment to this position.


Applicants for this position must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate engineering discipline and E.I.T. certification or P.E. registration for appointment to this position, or hold a position in the Department in one of the next two lower titles than the position applied for, in the same or similar career ladder. 

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in civil engineering work in such areas as construction, survey, design, transportation, hydraulics, structural, sanitary, drafting, environmental, highway, architectural, airport, soils and materials, of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I.                    An Associate’s degree with a major in civil engineering** or civil engineering technology** may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
II.                  A Bachelor’s degree with a major in civil engineering** or civil engineering technology**, may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.
III.                A Graduate degree with a major in civil engineering** may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*
**NOTE: The terms civil engineering and civil engineering technology include related engineering disciplines, such as construction, survey, hydraulics, design, transportation, structural, soils, sanitary, environmental, drafting, highway, architectural, mining, airport and materials.
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering.

Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in civil engineering.

Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of concrete and asphalt; mechanical properties of fluids; theory and practice of plane surveying.

Knowledge of the types & skill in the uses of equipment used in plane surveying; knowledge of the methods of soil testing.

Knowledge of elementary algebra, trigonometry, plane and solid geometry, integral and differential calculus; knowledge of the standard procedures for taking field notes in connection with plane surveying.

Ability to understand, apply and explain the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, specifications and guidelines governing assigned unit activities and in connection with the construction and maintenance of highways, bridges, buildings, etc.

Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates' training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.

Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of supervision.

Ability to determine proper format and procedure for assembling items of information.

Public speaking and training to a broad and diverse audience.

Profiency with Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, web-based enterprise systems, GIS.

Additional Information

For applicants who would like to apply for this opportunity by mail please mail your resume and cover letter to:

Joanna Berube, HR Generalist
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3170
Boston MA 02116

Contact designated analyst for job information at 857-368-8585

Please refer to posting id # 14-00015 on all correspondence

This summary is intended to provide a brief overview of your MassDOT benefits. The specific details, eligibility criteria, and participation requirements are determined by Personnel Policies and Procedures and respective Collective Bargaining Agreements (for employees in an union). Should you have any questions regarding your benefits, please call the Benefits Department at (857) 368-8585.

*Please note that Confidential positions will have a variation of the benefits below. Please contact the Benefits Department if you have questions.

GIC Health Insurance:
  • The Commonwealth has a variety of insurance plans that are available to all state employees through the Group Insurance Commission (GIC). Employees hired before June 30, 2003 contribute 20% of the premium costs for basic life and health insurance and the Commonwealth contributes 80%; employees hired after June 30, 2003 contribute 25% and the Commonwealth contributes 75% of the premium costs. For specific detailed information about the various health insurance plans and current rates, please visit or call MassDOT’s Benefits Department at (857) 368-8585.
GIC Dental/Vision:
  • The Dental/Vision Insurance is offered through your Unit’s Health & Welfare Trust Fund and is not associated with the Group Insurance Commission’s benefit plans. Former MTA employees who had Delta Dental coverage as of November 1, 2009 retain their Delta Dental coverage. Please contact MOSES Health & Welfare Trust Fund at (617) 367-2727 x 326 for plan information.
GIC Basic Life & Health Insurance:
  • All GIC health insurance plans include a $5,000 life insurance policy. Employees who choose not to enroll in GIC’s health insurance may still purchase this basic life insurance. Employees hired before 2003 pay $1.26/month for this coverage; employees hired after 2003 pay $1.58/mo. Rates are subject to change.
GIC Optional Life Insurance:
  • Employees may purchase additional life insurance up to 8 times their salary or elect a flat amount up to $1,000 less than salary. Rates are based on the amount elected, age, and smoking status.
Short Term Disability (STD):
  • A voluntary insurance benefits through payroll deduction. STD is an income replacement program in the event that you become unable to work for an extended period of time because of an accident or illness. Employee pays 100% of premium. Please contact Membership Benefit Insurance Agency directly for further information at (508) 322-4291.
GIC Long Term Disability (LTD):
  • This is an optional income replacement program, in the event that you become unable to work for an extended period of time because of an accident or illness. Rates are based on salary and age. Employees pay 100% of premium.
Vacation Leave:
  • Full time employees accumulate vacation leave with pay on a monthly basis, on the last day of each full month worked, not to exceed the following:
  • Part-time employees earn vacation leave on a pro-rated basis. Please consult the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division’s Red Book (Rules Governing Paid Leave and Other Benefits for Managers and Confidential Employees) for details.
Sick Leave:
  • Full-time employees accumulate 1¼ days/month sick leave with pay credits (not to exceed 15 days for each year of service). Sick leave not used in any year may be accumulated without limit. Please consult MassDOT’s Sick Leave Policy and your union contract for more information.
Personal Leave:
  • Full time employees receive three days of personal leave per year. Full-time employees beginning their employment with MassDOT shall be credited with paid personal leave as follows:
    • January 1 through March 31 will be granted 3 days of Personal Leave.
    • April 1 through June 30 will be granted 1 days of Personal Leave.
    • July 1 through September 30 will be granted 1 day of Personal Leave.
    • October 1 through December 31 will be granted 0 days of Personal Leave.
  • The following holidays shall be paid holidays for MassDOT employees:
    • New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, , Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
  • Membership in the Massachusetts State Employees’ Retirement System (MSERS) is mandatory for all MassDOT employees who are employed on a part-time or full-time permanent basis.
  • Your date of hire and rate of pay determine the percentage rate of your bi-weekly pre-tax retirement deduction, e.g., MassDOT employees hired after July 1, 1996 contribute 9%, plus an additional 2% is deducted on the amount of your salary that exceeds $30,000.
  • Full time employees earn one year of creditable service for each year of service completed. Creditable service is prorated if you are employed on a less than full-time basis.
  • If you re-enter the MSERS with funds on deposit or transfer from another Contributory Retirement System, you maintain you contribution level. Questions regarding the transfer of contributions from other retirement systems may be directed to the MSERS.
  • Pursuant to the Pension Reform Act of 2011, Employees entering the MSERS after April 2012 must have at least 10 years of creditable service and be age 60 or older to be eligible to receive a retirement allowance up to 80% of the average of their highest 60 months of regular compensation.
  • For additional information, please call the MSERS at (617) 367-9333 or go to:
Flexible Spending Program:
  • Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) is an optional program administered by Benefit Strategies which allows you to set aside up to $5,000 of your income to pay for child or dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.
  • Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) is an optional program administered by Benefit Strategies which allows you to set aside up to $2,500 of your income to pay for eligible medical expenses on a pre-tax basis. Visit for more information.
  • The monthly pre-tax fee for the (HCSA) alone, (DCAP) alone or both the HCSA/DCAP combined is $3.60.
Deferred Compensation:
  • The Massachusetts Employees Deferred Compensation Program (SMART Plan) is a 457 deferred compensation plan that allows you to make contributions into an account established on your behalf. Your contributions are made on a pre-tax basis and all earnings are tax-deferred. The amounts accumulated on your behalf are distributed at retirement, or after a qualifying event such as separation from service or death.
  • An employee wishing to participate in the SMART Plan may select either one or a combination of investments.  For more information please contact the MassDOT’s SMART Plan representative at (781) 768-4850 or (877) 457-1900 (option 2) or visit
MBTA Pass/Commuter Parking Expense
  • MBTA Pass / Commuter Parking Expense program is available each month. The cost of which may be automatically deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis. The pre-tax monthly fee for this program is $1.50. See for more information.
Tuition Remission:
  • Full-time employees must complete six months of service to be eligible. Employees and/or their spouses may enroll in courses at any public community college, state college or university in Massachusetts (excluding the M.D. program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School). The tuition remission benefit is subject to space availability and applies to the cost of tuition only.
Credit Union:
  • MassDOT employees are eligible to join the Massachusetts State Employees Credit Union and Mass Bay Credit Union. There is no waiting period for this benefit.
Volunteer Service Leave:
  • Full-time employees must complete six months of service to be eligible for the SERV Volunteer and Mentoring Program. Eligible employees may volunteer up to one day/mo. during work hours in approved programs. Employees may also take up to four hours paid leave for same day blood donations.
  • Employees who participate in a bone marrow donations program may receive up to a maximum of five days of paid leave to undergo the medical procedure and for associate physical recovery time. An employee who serves as an organ transplant donor may receive up to 30 days of paid leave.
Extended Illness Leave Bank (EILB):
  • EILB is a voluntary program that exists to assist employees who experience an extended illness injury to recover salary that would otherwise be lost due to extended unpaid leave of absence. For more information please call MassDOT’s Leave Department at (857) 368-8553 or (857) 368-8564

What is your highest level of education?
  • None
  • High School Diploma / GED
  • Some College
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate Degree
With respect to Engineering, what is your field of study?
  • N/A - did not achieve a degree in Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Other in Engineering
Which of the following certification/license do you have?
  • None
  • Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.)
  • Journeyman License
  • Construction Supervisor
  • HVAC
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.)
  • Master Electricians License
  • Other
Based on the response to the previous question, how many of those years were spent in a supervisory capacity?
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 year to less than 3 years
  • 4 year to less than 5 years
  • 5 years or more
How many years of professional, full-time experience do you have in civil engineering work in such areas as construction, survey, design, transportation, hydraulics, structural, sanitary, drafting, environmental, highway, architectural, airport, soils and materials?
  • 0 to less than 1 year
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years to less than 3 years
  • 3 years to less than 4 years
  • 4 years to less than 5 years
  • 5 years to less than 6 years
  • 6 years or more
If you are a current employee MassDOT/MBTA/Massport, select your current Official job title?
  • I am not a current employee of MassDOT/MBTA/Massport
  • Within the Engineering Series
  • Within the General Construction Inspector Series
  • Within the Transportation Planning Series
  • Other, not listed
If you have selected "Other" to the previous question, please state your official job title below.

* Required Question

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Boston, Massachusetts, 02116.



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