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Organization:  City of Scottsdale
Job Category:  Other
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Arizona (AZ)
City:  Scottsdale
Post Code:  85251
Salary and Benefits:  $57,678.40 - $83,636.80 Annually

Capital Project Management


$57,678.40 - $83,636.80 Annually


STATUS: Full-Time Regular

CLOSING DATE: Continuous


This posting will remain open until the needs of the City have been met. Applicants who have previously applied need not re-apply in order to be considered.

This position is responsible for preparing construction cost estimates for all engineering disciplines, including structural, architectural, heavy-civil, mechanical and electrical disciplines for public works projects at various stages of completion from conceptual to final plans and constructed with traditional or alternative delivery methods. Uses database to track trends in construction costs by inputting bid tabulations. Provides constructability reviews of plans and provides objective review of engineering estimates and contractor pricing. Five years of experience working as an estimator in the construction industry is preferred.


Education and Experience:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Structural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management or related fields from an accredited institution, or equivalent years of education and experience. Five (5) years of experience in the construction industry related to the review, design and cost estimating of public works projects. Registration in the State of Arizona as an Architect or Engineer with five (5) years of experience in review, design and cost estimating of public works projects may be substituted for the above requirements. Certification as a Plans Examiner and cost estimator by a national agency and five (5) years of experience in the construction industry related to the review, design and cost estimating of public works projects may also be substituted for the above requirements. Equivalent years of experience are equal to two (2) years of relevant experience for every one (1) year of education required.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:

A valid driver license with no major driving citations in the last 39 months may be required.

Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:

Construction, standard construction materials, design analysis and design concepts. Engineering as applied to specific fields of construction projects. Nationally recognized codes and standards and related City ordinances. Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies.

Ability to:

Measure distances and quantities using various instruments requiring precise hand movements. Make mathematical calculations and draw logical conclusions. Provide thoughtful and thorough analysis. Listen, communicate and work effectively with a diverse group of people. Handle multiple projects simultaneously and use good judgment in prioritizing work assignments. Observe, review and check the work of staff members to ensure conformance to standards. Attend or conduct various meetings as needed. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of City staff, the design and construction community and the general public. Complete OSHA/Safety training as required.


Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks:

Reviews and examines complex public works projects plans and specifications to determine if they comply with life safety and engineering provisions of City and national codes and standards. Provides alternative design criteria and solutions to non-conforming plans. Manages the review of project construction documents from initial submittal through approval of final plans and through the construction phase. Conducts field and site visits upon as needed to evaluate issues, identify potential problems and suggest corrective measures. Investigates the suitability of materials and methods of construction for compliance with construction codes. Conducts and attends meetings with developers, owners, architects and engineers relating to plan design data, code interpretations and the resolution of design problems affecting life safety. Recommends changes in codes to resolve design and interpretation problems and to accommodate and control new materials and new design concepts. Reviews public works projects for compliance with provisions of adopted International Build Code (IBC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), International Plumbing code(IPC), National Electric Code (NEC), International Fire Code (IFC), American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and administrative policies. Leads and monitors the workload of the Plans Examiners as needed. Performs cost estimating for horizontal and vertical public work projects. Tracks construction cost data of public works projects utilizing database or equivalent. Develops and keeps database current with most recent public works project cost data. Obtains prices from vendors as needed to develop a cost estimate. Develops capital project budgets as required. Performs other duties as assigned.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Most work is performed in a normal City office environment, with occasional work performed outdoors on site moving over rough terrain. Lift and carry materials weighing up to 30 pounds. Measure distances and quantities using various instruments requiring precise hand movements. Exposure to dust, grease, noise, inclement weather, temperature extremes and unpleasant but not hazardous odors Travel to/from meetings and various locations. Operate a motor vehicle. Operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer, telephone, calculator, copy and fax machines requiring continuous and repetitive arm, hand and eye movement.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or marital status. When advised reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an “otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.


7575 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 312-2491


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