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The Highways Design and Development Section delivers all highway construction design projects within the County Council as part of its Capital Improvement and Structural Maintenance Programme, including the Bridge Programme. The Section also deliver developer funded projects, VRS design, bridge inspections, asset management of the bridge stock and management of routine bridge maintenance work. Typical works cover all aspects of highway design and construction and bridge inspection and maintenance.
The Bridges Team provides an integrated design, inspection, asset management and technical service
To assist/deliver/guide in the provision of safe and efficient technical highway/civil engineering designs and project delivery, in a self-sufficient role to enable the department to deliver its capital programmes.
To assist/deliver/guide the bridge inspection and maintenance programme including: inspection and monitoring of existing structures; design and preparation of schemes for bridge assessment, strengthening, reconstruction and maintenance work.
A fully competent Engineer role demonstrated by relevant experience underpinned by knowledge and experience and academic and professional achievement.
A typical week would include:
Undertake detailed design and the preparation of bills of quantities, drawings, estimates, specifications and contract documents.
Carry out bridges inspections and prepare reports to enable priorities and future programmes of work to be determined.
Programme and monitor inspection programmes for highway structures
To prepare works orders for bridge routine maintenance works (including all supporting information eg specifications, consents and risk assessments)
Ensure scheme costs are monitored during design and construction phases and that all the necessary process/procedures are closed out upon completion.
Support, advise and allocate work to technicians/technical assistants in the team.
Liaison with supervision staff and Contractor during construction stage to resolve design queries and unforeseen issues in a timely and cost effective manner
Prepare preliminary studies and public consultation materials; consult with other organisations and the public so that alternative options can be explored.
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An Engineer will require a minimum of 3 years relevant experience of highways/structural design and project management skills. The post holder is expected to demonstrate self-motivation and initiative and should have the ability to plan the workload of themselves and others to ensure they meet targets that are set for them. Ideally the post holder would be able to demonstrate a widening experience through job rotation / secondment.
A demonstration of suitable IT skills (to a high standard) including MS Office or equivalent, AutoCad and design/assessment software.
Have a sound understanding of the policies and procedures of the Department.
The ability to demonstrate and explain an in-depth knowledge of bridge engineering principles, design, techniques, standards and procedures on a range of small and medium sized projects, or limited number of complex projects.
Take responsibility for health and safety for themselves, and in the workplace and related to the construction industry (e.g. CDM Regs).
Ability to communicate effectively with group managers, team managers, team members (and mentors if appropriate) and more widely across the Department, Strategic Partnership and with the stakeholders, contractors and other consultees.
Experience of working on site would be beneficial, as would experience of working in other areas of the Department/Strategic Partnership.
An Engineer post is viewed as that of a fully competent individual able to work independently in the role of a project owner on small/medium/large schemes, and take decisions appropriate to their role. They will be required to guide/mentor junior members of the team and deputise for the Project Engineer as and when required. Their performance in the post will be monitored by their line manager through the performance development and 1-2-1 processes.
Post holder will be expected to work occasional overnight and weekend hours to meet the needs of the business.
Able to carry out inspections of highway structures alone (with emergency tracker system).
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