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Job Specification

PRINCIPAL ENGINEER 

DEFINITION

Under direction in one or more branches of engineering, takes the 
lead and performs highly responsible field and office engineering 
work involved in review, design, maintenance, and construction 
of structures and/or systems; in some jurisdictions, may supervise 
a staff conducting field and office engineering work; does related 
work as required.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative 
purposes only.  A particular position using this title may not 
perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely, 
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Performs highly responsible field and office engineering work 
involved in the review, design, maintenance, and construction 
of highways, other roads or streets, bridges and culverts, sanitary 
drainage systems, buildings, public grounds systems, electrical 
power delivery systems, electrical power generation systems, 
traffic control systems, interior lighting and wiring systems, outside 
lighting and wiring systems, water distribution or supply systems, 
and/or some other branch of engineering. 

Takes the lead in field and/or office engineering work, assigns 
suitable work and gives professional guidance to subordinate 
staff in the performance of their work.

Conducts investigations of conditions of structures and equipment 
as required.

Estimates the quantities of required materials and costs of specific 
maintenance projects.

Assigns and prioritizes engineering projects. 

May supervise the work operations and/or functional programs and 
have responsibility for effectively recommending the hiring, firing, 
promoting, demoting and/or disciplining of employees.

May conduct field inspections of all outside public works and public 
utilities construction such as curbs, roads, culverts, water lines, 
sanitary sewer lines, sidewalks, and storm drain lines, pole lines, 
electric power lines, substations and generating stations.

May prepare annual budget requests.

Prepares clear, sound, accurate and informative reports containing 
findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Drafts correspondence pertaining to engineering programs and 
activities.

Maintains essential records and files.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording information systems used by the agency, office 
or related unit.

REQUIREMENTS:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a 
Bachelor's degree in Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

NOTE:  A Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology 
(BSET) in a field related to Civil, Mechanical or Electrical 
Engineering from an accredited college or university having a 
curriculum approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering 
Technology (ABET) may substitute for the above education 
requirement.

NOTE:  Possession of a Professional Engineer's License issued 
by the New Jersey Board of Professional Engineers and Land 
Surveyors may be substituted for the above educational requirement.

EXPERIENCE:

Three (3) years of related experience in civil, electrical or 
mechanical engineering 

NOTE:  A Master’s degree in Civil, Electrical or Mechanical 
engineering, or a Master’s of Science in Engineering Technology
(MSET) in a field related to Civil, Electrical or Mechanical 
engineering may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

LICENSE:

NOTE:  Appointees may be required to possess a valid 
Professional Engineering (PE) license issued by the NJ State 
Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, particularly 
for positions assuming “responsible charge” over staff as defined 
by NJAC 13:40-1.3

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in 
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee 
mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the principles of engineering and the procedures 
involved in planning and designing engineering projects.         

Knowledge of engineering problems involved in the design, 
maintenance, and construction of structures and/or systems.

Knowledge of engineering mathematics, including trigonometry 
and calculus. 

Ability to take the lead and provide suitable assignments and 
guidance to subordinate employees.

Ability to accurately estimate quantities and project costs.
 
Ability to organize assigned technical engineering work and d
evelop effective work methods.

Ability to inspect materials, workmanship, and construction and 
installation of various public works and/or public utility facilities 
may be required.

Ability to apply federal, state and local ordinances, resolutions, 
and codes relating to public works and/or public utilities to specific 
cases may be required.

Ability to supervise the work operations and/or functional programs 
and effectively recommend the hiring, firing, promoting, demoting 
and/or disciplining of employees may be required.

Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative reports 
containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Ability to maintain essential records and files.

Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
recording information systems used by the agency, office or related 
units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in 
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American 
Sign Language or braille may also be considered as acceptable 
forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as  
long as they can perform essential functions of the job with 
or without reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation 
cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue  
hardship, such persons may not be eligible.


This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
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02794@LC N/A27-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

9/13/2018