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FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER I
This is entry to journey level construction engineering work in the design, design review, construction
monitoring, inspection and management of renovation and new construction projects.
Employees are normally assigned in-house construction and/or design projects that are of routine to
moderate level complexity and limited in scope and size, although they may also be responsible for
entire capital projects including assisting higher level engineers in the largest and most complex capital
projects. Plan review projects can often include the more complex and larger scope projects.
Employees monitor and inspect construction sites to ensure the project is being built according to
plans, specifications and code requirements; monitor and track project schedules and budgets to
ensure timely completion of each component part; review change orders and approve, reject, negotiate
and/or make recommendations concerning their disposition; and approve payments to contractors or
designers. Work includes limited design of in-house projects for system expansion, renovation or repair
by scoping project size, preparing design concepts, calculations, drawings, specifications and cost
estimates, and later monitoring and inspecting all related construction. Employees analyze, evaluate
and make recommendations regarding repairs and efficiency improvements for existing systems;
prepare or provide input to the development of general construction and renovation capital
improvement projects; troubleshoot problems in existing systems and develop plans, estimates and
schedules to resolve problems; and may supervise, instruct, train, assign, review and evaluate the work
of technicians and tradesmen. Work also includes reviewing the schematic design, design development
and construction drawings prepared by outside consultants for constructability and maintainability; and
reviewing all design, maintenance, construction and renovation work for conformance to current local,
state and federal codes and regulations, and to professional and industry standards. Employees
perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
I. DIFFICULTY OF WORK:
Variety and Scope - Employees normally work on a fairly wide variety of construction engineering
projects including new buildings, expansions and renovations to existing buildings, stadiums, parking
lots and decks, roadways and walkways, roofing, research facilities, energy saving projects and other
general engineering projects. The scope, variety and complexity of projects are usually governed by the
size and complexity of the agency or university.
Intricacy - Design projects are normally the smaller and less complex in-house projects while
construction management projects often include journey level projects of moderate size and complexity.
Plan review projects designed by outside consultants are normally the larger and more complex
Subject Matter Complexity - Work requires a complete understanding of the principles and practices of
the field of construction/civil engineering. Employees also apply a working knowledge of functional
design, materials, soils, estimating, construction techniques and general trade practices.
Guidelines - Professional methods, techniques and guidelines are generally used in addition to national
and state standards. Guidelines are detailed and normally applicable to most work situations.
Nature of Instruction - Employees receive some projects with fairly detailed instructions and others
which are very general assignments. Employees normally plan out and schedule their daily and weekly
work subject to priority changes from their supervisor.
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Nature of Review – In-house review of work can range from none to a fairly detailed review if working
for a construction engineer. Most work normally receives a further review by the Department of
Insurance and/or State Construction and other reviewing bodies.
Scope of Decisions - Work directly affects outside designers and contractors and in-house
construction/maintenance personnel. Ultimately, work affects review agencies and the users of the
building or facility.
Consequence of Decisions - Missing sub-standard construction or a design or review error would
normally result in poor construction with high maintenance or liability costs, redesign, replacement
costs or possible injury or death to users and maintenance personnel, although some of the decision
making is further reviewed by outside agencies.
III. INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
Scope of Contacts - Work normally requires contact with requesting/user departments, vendors, local
governmental units, outside designers and contractors, and reviewing agencies such as State
Construction and the Department of Insurance.
Nature and Purpose - Contacts are involved with exchanging, explaining and interpreting technical
information. Some contacts with vendors, consultants and contractors require a degree of negotiation,
justification and persuasion.
IV. OTHER WORK DEMANDS:
Work Conditions - Work is performed in an office with a significant portion spent on construction sites
which can include heights, equipment and machinery rooms and other confined spaces.
Hazards - Employee is periodically exposed to machinery, moving parts and normal construction site
V. RECRUITMENT STANDARDS:
Knowledges, Skills and Abilities - Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and theories of
construction/civil engineering. Considerable knowledge of materials, soils, foundations, construction
techniques, project management, and of the codes, laws and ordinances pertaining to the construction
and renovation of buildings and other facilities. Ability to design and/or review the design of outside
consultants and to read and interpret all related plans and specifications. Ability to estimate costs,
monitor and manage construction projects, and to technically direct others and review and evaluate
their work. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and to establish and maintain
effective working relationships.
Minimum Experience Requirements - Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in
Civil Engineering and one year of related experience in construction project engineering; or an
equivalent combination of training and directly related experience.
Minimum Training and Experience for a Trainee Appointment - Graduation from a four-year college or
university with a major in Civil engineering; or an equivalent combination of training and directly related
Necessary Special Qualifications - May require Certification as a Engineer in Training by the NC State
Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Special Note - This is a generalized representation of positions in this class and is not intended to
identify essential functions per ADA. Examples of work are primarily essential functions of the majority
of positions in this class, but may not be applicable to all positions.