New job Engineering Specialist in Sioux Falls, SD | 2021

Engineering Specialist

Company : County of Minnehaha
Salary : $24.18 an hour

Full Description


The Minnehaha County Highway Department (MCHD) invites applications for an Engineering Specialist to join our high performing team of professionals! The Engineering Specialist assists in the design, management, and inspection of highway, bridge, and drainage construction projects, uses AutoCAD/C3D, performs boundary research, works with landowners, manages utility and other permits, and assists with pavement preservation projects and traffic data collection.

MCHD recognizes that our team is essential to the successful development and operation of our transportation system. Although we are small with an administrative and maintenance staff of 33, our efforts are mighty as we complete $10 million of improvements annually. We strive to recruit and retain dynamic and well-rounded employees looking to make a difference every day!

A career with the MCHD can offer you:

  • An AMAZING summer schedule - 4 day work weeks with Fri/Sat/Sun off March through November!
  • Opportunities to be involved in a wide variety of projects.
  • A good balance of office and field work.
  • Strong support from experienced staff.
  • Continuing training and professional development opportunities.
  • Comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; generous PTO program; extended sick leave program; inclusion into the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS); and an optional deferred compensation plan.

The posting is open until filled with application review to begin on April 1st.

The hiring range for this position is $24.18/hr - $26.05/hr with full earning potential to $35.03/hr. Consideration for placement above the hiring range is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the date the position closes.


Use AutoCAD/C3D to draft, design, develop, and update plans, maps, exhibits, and drawings. Prepare bidding documents. Use Microsoft products to conduct, improve, and maintain daily operations within the Highway Department.

Manage, perform, and document on-site inspections of construction projects including striping, chip seals, micro-surfacing, and overlays to ensure quality and compliance with standard specifications, procedures and construction standards. Direct and coordinate contractors. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, landowners, the general public, and county, city, and state government entities.

Process utility permits. Inspect and monitor utility installation in accordance with permit requirements. Collect, process, and manage traffic data. Inspect and quantify delivery of project materials and track timing and placement. Monitor and control expenditures within project budgets. Prepare reports and project documents. Prepare, estimate, and track project costs. Coordinate and receive material testing and make changes accordingly.

Assist engineering staff with a variety of data collection and assembly including gathering information, conducting research, and preparing reports and summaries. Provide supporting documentation and assistance regarding drainage permits administered by the Planning Department.

May assist with preparing and reviewing specifications and contract documents for equipment, materials, and construction in accordance with state and county purchasing policies and procedures. May assist with managing construction, testing, and staking needs. May assist with performing topographic surveys, boundary surveys, and courthouse research.


Two-year degree from a technical school in an engineering related field with three years of relevant work experience or a bachelor's degree in an engineering field and one year of design, construction inspection, and/or CAD experience. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Possession of valid driver's license and must maintain a safe driving record with Minnehaha County. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process.


Five years of relevant work experience. Advanced drafting skills with proficiency using Civil3D, erosion and sediment control experience, South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) certifications in asphalt inspection, erosion control inspection, and/or grading and compaction testing. Knowledge of ESRI products. Knowledge in temporary and permanent traffic signs in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Familiarity with SDDOT standard notes, standard plates, and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials standards (AASHTO).

Minnehaha County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran's status, genetic information, or any other protected group in accordance with state and federal law. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by contacting Human Resources at (605) 367-4337.


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